Let’s set the record straight.
Pretoria is its own city and not just another suburb of Johannesburg. It also has a few interesting facts about it that you may not have known. Here are some aspects of the Gauteng city that make it an ideal place to go explore if you haven’t yet.
Despite its reputation for being the home of Afrikaans, there is the classic proudly South African diversity found in Pretoria. There’s a mix of English, Northern Sotho and Tswana just to name a few. These other languages actually outnumber the number of Afrikaans speakers and shows that Pretoria is actually much more diverse than most people think.
Streets for Days
Pretoria has an unusual feather in its cap – it boasts the longest urban street in South Africa. Stanza Bopape Street (formerly known as Church Street) is the longest street in any of our country’s cities, and at 26 km, is one of the longest urban streets in the world!
Most people know that Pretoria is famous for its Jacaranda-lined streets, which lead to the city’s nickname – Jacaranda City. The Jacarandas bloom around the same time as the local university students are writing their big exams and it’s a local belief that if a flower falls on your head it’s good luck.
The Soccer World Cup had us all a bit soccer crazy back in 2010, but few cities got as into it as Pretoria did. After it was announced that the world cup would be held in South Africa, the world’s largest soccer ball was built. Built onto the Lukasrand Telkom tower,
It stood 8 stories tall and had a diameter of 24 meters before it was taken down after the famous competition.
The record was broken a few years after but for a time Pretoria could boast another world record.
The union buildings are the official seat of power and it’s where all new presidents are sworn into office. It was built in 1913 and designed by architect Sir Herbert Baker. What’s really interesting about the famous building is that at the time of completion it was the biggest building in the whole of South Africa!
The University of Pretoria attracts some of the brightest minds from all over South Africa and is ranked as one of the best universities in the country. A little-known fact is just how big it is. It’s one of the biggest universities in the country with over 50 000 students and 7 campuses!
Pretoria might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the famous British prime minister, but this might just change that. Before he became the iconic cigar-chewing leader, he was imprisoned in Pretoria during the Anglo-Boer war. He managed to escape and made his way to safety in Mozambique.
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