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HISTORICAL RESEARCH

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HISTORICAL RESEARCH
The places we come from are a part of our heritage. Where we grew up and where we live are important because we
learn from the people who live there with us, and the place itself. In the next 3 units we are going to talk about
Pretoria, the administrative capital city of South Africa.
Firstly it is important to know where Pretoria is in the world. Then we will talk about natural features like rivers and
mountains in and around the city and what monuments and museums the people who have lived in Pretoria have
built in the city
Pretoria is one of the capital cities of South Africa and is situated in the Gauteng Province. In 1853 a Voortrekker
called M. W. Pretorius, the son of Andries Pretorius, bought two farms along the Apies River to establish the capital of
all the Afrikaner communities in South Africa. He called the new town Pretoria, in honour of his father.
The city of Pretoria is 60 km from Johannesburg, 478 km from Bloemfontein and 1 500 km from Cape Town. It
spreads out in the valleys that are made by the eastern part of the Magaliesberg Mountain range, where the Apies
River flows and the climate is perfect for flowers and trees. In the 1870s Pretoria was known as the “City of Roses”,
but after Mr. J. D. Cilliers bought some Jacaranda trees from Rio de Janeiro for his garden in 1888, the city decided
to plant 50 000 of these trees and Pretoria became the “Jacaranda City”.
Rivers and mountains in and around Pretoria
Pretoria is situated in the Eastern Magaliesberg Mountains. Here are some of the mountains and hills in the area:
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Bronberg
Cable Hill
Daspoortrand
Diamond Hill
Klapperkop
Kwaggasrand
Langeberge
Meintjieskop
Pyramid Koppies
Skanskop
Skurweberg
Thaba Tshwane/Voortrekkerhoogte
Waterberg
Because the area is fairly mountainous there are also several “poorts” or “neks” through the hills and mountains to
make it possible for people to drive through tunnels and gaps in the mountains. Some of these gaps were made by
the Voortrekkers to make it easier for their ox wagons to travel in the area, but some were made later as the city
expanded and traffic became busier:
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Baviaanspoort
Derdepoort
Hornsnek
Onderstepoort
Pienaarspoort
Saartjiesnek
Silkaatsnek
Swawelpoort
T.F. Martinspoort
Wapadsnek
There are 4 major dams close to Pretoria. The Roodeplaat Dam, the Bon Accord Dam, the Rietvlei Dam and the
Hartebeespoort Dam are all within 60 km from the city. Pretoria also has rivers that flow through and around it like the
Apies River, the Pienaars River and the Moretele River.
Museums and monuments in and around Pretoria
What is a museum?
A museum is a place where objects, or things, are kept that are important because they are valuable to people.
These objects can show us what the past was like, like old aeroplanes, guns used in wars that ended long ago or
clothes that people wore in the past. Some objects have scientific value because they can teach us about science
and the world around us. Paintings and sculptures are also kept in museums because they show us what art looks
like and what types of different art artists can create.
Pretoria has many different museums where you can go to learn about the city and other general topics. Here is a list
of all the Museums in Pretoria:
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Air Force Museum
Association of Arts
Austen Roberts Bird Sanctuary
Claude Malan Museum
Coert Steynberg Museum
Correctional Services Museum
Education Museum
Fort Klapperkop
Fort Schanskop
Jan Smuts House
Kruger Museum
Melrose House
Museum of Geological Survey
Museum of Natural History
Museum of Science and Technology
National Botanical Gardens
National Cultural and Historical Museum
National Zoological Gardens, Aquarium and Reptile Park
Pierneef Museum
Pioneer Museum
Police Museum
Pretoria Art Museum
Sammy Marks Museum
Transport Museum
Transvaal Museum
Voortrekker Monument Museum
Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum
What is a monument?
A monument can be a building or sculpture. A really old building that can show us how South Africans lived in the
past can also become a monument, like Melrose House in Pretoria. People build monuments to mark a certain
important event in the past, or to honour a person who made an important difference in the world. Monuments don’t
always celebrate happy events, but can be built so that we remember a bad event so that it won’t happen again. A
good example of this is a war monument that shows all the names of soldiers.
There are also many monuments in and around Pretoria:
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Café Riche
Church Square
Fort Klapperkop
Fort Schanskop
Freedom Park
Groottekerk
Melrose House
Paul Kruger Church
Place of the Birds
President Kruger House
Pretoria Station
Sammy Marks Building
Staats Model School
Union Buildings
Voortrekker Monument
Homework Activity
a) Name 4 museums you can find in and around your city/town.
b) Name 4 monuments you can find in and around city/town.
c) Visit 1 museum and write a paragraph about what you learned at the museum.
d) Visit 1 monument and write a paragraph about what you learned at the monument.
The name “Pretoria” and rewriting South African history
After the 1994 elections South Africa’s new government decided that some city, area and street names had to
change because they represented a bad part of our past. At the time there were no streets, cities or areas named
after black people and heroes. Since 2003 there have been discussions about changing the name Pretoria to
Tshwane. The city of Pretoria was named after Andries Pretorius, the Voortrekker leader, and falls inside the
Tshwane Metropolitan area.
The reason the name could change to Tshwane is because, according to legend, the area used to be called that
when Chief Tshwane ruled his people in the area.
Who was Chief Tshwane?
According to oral tradition or stories Chief Tshwane was one of the sons of Chief Mushi or Musi from KwaZulu Natal.
Chief Mushi moved to the region in about 1652 and gave an area near the Apies River to his son. The name of the
area possibly comes from the word “tshwana”, which means “we are the same”. There is hardly any information
available about Chief Tshwane.
It could also be that the word Tshwane hints at a river that flows under black forests of hills and thick forests used to
cover the whole area where Pretoria stands today. Some people also think that Tshwane refers to the colour black in
Sotho, as in black cow or “kgomo e tshwene” while others say it means “little monkey”.
Voortrekkerhoogte or Thaba-Tshwane?
Voortrekkerhoogte is a hill just outside Pretoria where the Voortrekker Monument stands. Before it was named
Voortrekkerhoogte it was called Roberts Heights, and in 1998 it was changed again to Thaba Tshwane. The word
Thaba means “mountain” or “hill”.
Many residents of Pretoria feel that it would be wrong to change the city’s name because it is known all over the
world and is also our capital city. It will also cost a lot of money because all the businesses in the city would have to
change the addresses on their stationery. Other people feel it’s important that the name changes because it is a
reminder of the days of apartheid, and like some of our provinces, should get a new name that shows the new South
Africa so that we can rewrite the history of South Africa and include the events and people that were left out before.
Last updated : 08-Mar-2017