Tsakane

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Tsakane
Tsakane is located in South Africa
Tsakane
Tsakane
 Tsakane shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 26°21′S 28°22′E / 26.350°S 28.367°E / -26.350; 28.367Coordinates: 26°21′S 28°22′E / 26.350°S 28.367°E / -26.350; 28.367
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
Municipality Ekurhuleni
Area[1]
 • Total 19.75 km2 (7.63 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 135,994
 • Density 6,900/km2 (18,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 98.8%
 • Coloured 0.4%
 • Indian/Asian 0.2%
 • White 0.2%
 • Other 0.5%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Zulu 57.9%
 • Sotho 10.1%
 • Northern Sotho 7.5%
 • Xhosa 6.6%
 • Other 18.0%
Postal code (street) 1550
PO box 1548

Tsakane is a township south of Brakpan close to two other townships KwaThema and Duduza on the East Rand, Gauteng, South Africa. Nickname "E-Mashona".

History[edit]

Tsakane was founded in the early 1960s as a second township for in Brakpan Blacks under the apartheid regime. In around 1972 a decision was taken by the then racist municipality to forcefully remove Black people living close to white suburbs to Tsakane (which is far from the white suburbs). The previous residential area is fondly known as "Old Location" by Tsakane residents. The township has grown since then to a point where it is difficult to tell where Tsakane ends and where Duduza and KwaThema begin. Tsakane has sub townships which fall under it, Geluksdal being one and Langaville being the other it has grown that now there is a section closer to Ratanda being constracted (Thubelitsha). Tsakane hosts a community radio station called ek fm (103.6) which broadcasts to Tsakane, Geluksdal, Langaville, Duduza, Kwa-Thema, Daveyton, katlehong, Thokoza, Vosloorus, Brakpan, Springs and partly: Boksburg, Benoni, Wattville and Alra Park for now. The radio station, the mall and lately the stadium have become some of the prominent landmarks of the area and its recent history. When Tsakane was formed Thembu street was one of the first streets linked with the main streets of Tsakane Sotho and street Ndabezitha this is the central origin part of Tsakane. KD is also a Tsakane citizen.

Prominent people[edit]

  • Tim Maseko (Former principal of Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College in Tanzania and former South African ambassador to Bulgaria)
  • Macmillan Mzwakhe Ngomane (Anti-apartheid youth activist)
  • Dan Ramapila 'Mrinjo' Nkosi (Umkhonto we Sizwe Veterans leader and founder of Tsakane Youth Congress and COSAS in Tsakane)
  • David Bopape (First General Secretary of the African National Congress)
  • Paseka Ncholo (entrepreneur, businessman, mine owner, etc.)
  • Dr Kgotsho Ncholo (Doctor practitioner)
  • Silence Mabuza (boxer)
  • Rony Madonsela (singer)
  • Andries Raditsela (trade unionist and political activist)
  • Jamza Msiza (businessman)
  • Cecil Thuketana (artist, sign writer)
  • Xolile Mnisi (entrepreneur, businessmen, stock trader, etc.)
  • Oscar Selele Ntoegae (first Tsakane soccer player to play for Bafana Bafana)

Scott also was part of the founding of Tsakane.

Attractions[edit]

Tsakane has (Ekhaya shopping center) near KwaThema and the Duduza rank is growing fast, also Tsakane Mall with numerous shops and service provider centres.

With a new shopping center being constructed at ext 19 and more petrol stations being added Tsakane is really huge and still growing fast.

Tsakane also has a hospital (Pholosong hospital) which caters for Geluksdal, Duduza and KwaThema, with countless professional mini hospitals and clinics, libraries and parks not forgeting a multi purpose center (farranani), and recently a fire station.

Entertainment[edit]

Tsakane has a wealth of entertainment, from the best "chilling" places to restaurants. There's Chillas pub, A2A (Addicted 2 Afrika), Dinangwe pub and grill, Q bar, Mewslounge, and Welcomes Place just to name a few well known spots.

Businesses[edit]

Well-known artist and sign writer Cecil Thuketana (son of the Founder and apartheid-era councillor of Tsakane Mr Robert Thuketana ) is well known all over the East Rand.

Sport[edit]

Popular soccer teams are

  1. Brakpan All Blacks
  2. Brakpan Rovers
  3. Junior Aces

Greatest Tsakane soccer player of all times: Benjamin Panunu Mokgotsi (aka Tsakane Soccer Start), son of Fuduwa Mokgotsi, a great player from Brakpan Rovers and Brakpan All Blacks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Tsakane". Census 2011.