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Around this time Lithuanian Jews who were looking for new economic opportunities, started to arrive in Oudtshoorn to take part in the ostrich boom. They opened businesses, trading in the valuable commodity and good relations were established between the Afrikaans speaking farmers and the Jewish immigrants.
Polokwane is the capitol of the Limpopo Province and the largest urban centre north of Gauteng. In the 1840’s Voortrekkers under the leadership of Andries Potgieter established Zoutpansbergdorp.
A town 100km to the North West. This settlement was abandoned because of clashes with the local tribes. They then founded a new town in 1886 and it Pietersburg, in honour of Petrus Jacobus Joubert, a Voortrekker leader. The British also built a concentration camp at Pietersburg during the Boer War that housed almost 4000 Boer women and children.
The decision to form a town at Tzaneen was taken in 1918 and the town was established the following year. It was only in 1924, however, that it was proclaimed a town.