Ba-Phalaborwa – The Facts & Figures | iinfo TZANEEN

Province : Limpopo Province
District Municipality : Mopani District
Population : 150,637
Households : 41,115
Major Towns : Phalaborwa, Lulekani, Namakgale, Gravelotte
Rural areas : Mashishimale, Majenje, Makushane, Ga-Maseke
Geographic Area : 7462 km2
Mayor : Pule Shayi PJ
Languages : Sotho, Pedi, Tsonga, Afrikaans, English
Established : 1957
Famous Phalaborwian : Dale Steyn-South African National cricketer

The name ‘Ba-Phalaborwa’ was given to the area by the Sotho tribes who moved here from the south, meaning better than the south. The Sotho mined and smelted copper and iron ore here as far back as 400AD. Masorini, near Phalaborwa gate, is a reconstructed Ba-Phalaborwa village, with huts, grain storage areas, and an iron smelting site.

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