Tshwane Fun FactsTshwane is home to the CSIR International Convention Centre
Tshwane has a population of more than two million people who have on average the highest educational level in the country.
Tshwane is the economic gateway to South Africa, Africa and the world at large. Three major automotive manufacturers and assemblers, who produce almost 40% of locally manufactured passenger vehicles, are situated in Tshwane.
Church Square in central Pretoria was the site of the city's first church, built in 1855. During its early years, the square was used as a marketplace and sports field.
Tshwane is often referred to as the Jacaranda City, because of the 70 000 jacaranda trees that line our streets and blossom in October. At all times, Tshwane is a remarkably beautiful city.
Tshwane, the mega city capital of South Africa, which lies only 50km from OR Tambo International Airport and is connected to the airport by the Gautrain rapid rail link, consists of Pretoria and surrounding areas. Five major highways lead into the City of Tshwane providing vital access from all over the region.
Tshwane is a cultural city with grand architecture, a plethora of museums - both historical and modern - monuments, grand sculptures, bustling markets and vibrant township scenes complemented by up-market fine dining restaurants, street side cafe’s and ultra-modern bustling city shopping centres.
Tshwane is a cosmopolitan city. Tshwane has the most foreign representative bodies in the world after Washington DC. As the seat of government, all South African Government Departments are in Pretoria. The Office of the State President is in the magnificent Union Buildings, - visited by many heads of state from around the world. Pretoria as the capital city is the diplomatic hub of South Africa with over 135 embassies and diplomatic missions such as the United Nations, World Bank and European Union.
Tshwane is an academic, science and research hub. With four universities and no less than seven national science councils this centre of scientific research and learning boasts the highest level of education in the country.
Tshwane is an African city boasting two nature reserves with big game such as rhino, antelope, lion and giraffe close to the city centre and a third, on the city boundaries, boasting the Big 5. Green belts, wetlands and special natural park sanctuaries within the city also cater for birding enthusiasts. Dining options within these reserves abound to satisfy the tastes of the nature lover with a penchant for fine dining.
Cool Capital Biennale 2014 is a citizen-lead initiative to bring about visual, perception and actual change to Pretoria, by means of a multitude of small interventions. The aim is to introduce the public to a wealth of art, architecture, urban- and graphic design, as well as sculpture creations, while affording them the opportunity to interact with these civic interventions.
I love Pretoria is inspired by all the things that we love in the city. Most people in South Africa are of the opinion that Pretoria is a dull and boring place. If you are one of those people, we would be glad to prove you wrong.