ⓘ Senwabarwana is a town in the Blouberg Local Municipality of the Capricorn District Municipality in the Limpopo province of South Africa. The town is the seat o ..

                                     

ⓘ Senwabarwana

Senwabarwana is a town in the Blouberg Local Municipality of the Capricorn District Municipality in the Limpopo province of South Africa. The town is the seat of the Blouberg Local Municipality. It is located about 93 km northwest of the city Polokwane, on the route to Doringpad.

                                     

1. Etymology

The colonial name may refer to the German industrial city of Bochum or be a corruption of Bochim, a biblical name Judges 2:1 and 5. The place was named by the German missionary Carl Franz and his wife Helene to a mission station they established there in 1890. The majority language group of the area, Northern Sotho peopleand they refer themselves as Bahananwa, call the town Senwabarwana, a commemorative name for an incident that took place in a pond where the Khoi people found and drank water in their travelling, thus passing by. Due to their height they are proclaimed dwarf by natives which literally means Morwana in Northern SothoSepedi and in a plural form is Barwana, hence Senwabarwana".

                                     

2. History

German missionary Carl Franz and his wife Helene founded a hospital that used to cater for people with leprosy. The missionary station was part of the attempts of the Berlin Missionary Society to christianize Southern Africa in the 19th century. The hospital is now known as Helene-Franz hospital. It has a bad reputation because of its high mortality rates stats and it is often referred by old people as "the hospital of death".

The hospital offers basic primary health care. The town grew around the hospital, founded by a strong black businessman named Mr. Stanley Thema, who initially started the very first building in the area and later expanded to businesses. Bochum is now one of the fastest-growing rural towns in the world.

The place is also known for its diverse people from chieftaincies such as Ga-Manthata, Ga-Matlala, Ga-Mmalebogo, Makgababeng, Moletsi and the small town of Mogwadi.

                                     

3. Institutions of Basic Education

Secondary

  • Kgolothwane Secondary School.
  • Phagamang Secondary School.
  • Tema Secondary School
  • Phala Secondary School.
  • Maleboho Senior Secondary School.
  • Matthew Phosa Secondary School
                                     

4. Notable people

  • Mamphela Ramphele, an anti-apartheid activist and politician.
  • Punch Masenamela, a professional soccer player.
  • Clement Maosa, a popular SABC TV actor.
  • Selaelo Selota, a veteran jazz musician.
  • DJ Cleo, a famous house music artist.

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