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Quick Fact
  • 69,453

  • 17,345

  • 24,3%

  • 51,6%

  • 97,6%

  • 48,8%

Thohoyandou was the former capital of the bantustan of Venda. Built in the late 1970s, it was proclaimed the capital when Venda was established in 1979. In 1994 it was absorbed into South Africa when the homeland policy was dissolved. The name Thohoyandou means 'head of the elephant', and is taken from the name of King Thohoyandou, who ruled the Vhavenda kingdom in the early 1700s. (GPS coordinates: 22.9758 S, 30.4717 E).

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  • Raper PE. 2004. New dictionary of South African Place Names. Jonathan Ball Publishers.

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Key Statistics 2011

Total population69,453
Young (0-14)28,4%
Working Age (15-64)67,8%
Elderly (65+)3,8%
Dependency ratio47,4
Sex ratio91,3
Population density1629 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+7,3%
Higher education aged 20+24,3%
Matric aged 20+29,7%
Number of households17,345
Average household size3,8
Female headed households46,8%
Formal dwellings98,1%
Housing owned/paying off66,7%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage48,8%
Weekly refuse removal63,5%
Piped water inside dwelling51,6%
Electricity for lighting97,6%

Place names

Thulamela Municipality