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Polokwane (pōˌlōkwänˈā), formerly Pietersburg (pēˈtərzbûrgˌ), city and local municipality (2011 pop. 625,811), capital of Limpopo prov., NE South Africa. It is primarily the commercial center for the surrounding agricultural area. Iron and other minerals are mined nearby. Polokwane was founded as Pietersburg in 1884 and named for Petrus (Piet) Joubert, a Boer (Afrikaner) general. In 1900 during the South African War it was for a short time the capital of both the Transvaal and the Orange Free State (see Free State). It was occupied by British troops in 1901. The city was renamed Polokwane in 1994, but the old name has persisted in popular usage. Nearby are Kruger National Park and the Univ. of Limpopo.
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a city in the Republic of South Africa, in northern Transvaal Province. Population, 52,800 (1969, estimate). Pietersburg is linked by railroad with Johannesburg. It is the center of a region of citrus-fruit, peanut, and tobacco plantations, as well as being the center of the mining industry, which produces asbestos, gold, silver, copper, and phosphorites.

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We thank the staff of the records department and ICU of the Pietersburg Hospital, especially Dr M E Gonzalez for her co-operation during this study.
Volksblad reviewer, Wilhelm Gr tter (8) who attended school in Pietersburg in the 1950s, suggested that the novel's evocation of the dorp's atmosphere is "almost tangible".
The last leg of the journey took us to Alldays via Pietersburg to stay for a couple of nights at Magda Streicher's farm.
My Dad has driven with a whole lot of friends to Pietersburg. There is a good gun shop there and they are going to stock up on ammo.
This idea surfaces fully when the epigraph, in moving from, "a wise old man told me in Alabama," to, "another wise old man had told me the same thing near Pietersburg in South Africa" (80), leads to the invocation of "the elegance of memory / Deeper than the grave" (81).
The Pietersburg fields in the Limpopo Province are less extensive and the seams that contain amosite and crocidolite are spare, except at Penge where they can be several feet thick.
It is just not happening for the quiet man from Pietersburg who won the 2001 US Open in a playoff with Mark Brooks at Southern Hills and then produced a career-defining performance by holding off Phil Mickelson at Shinnecock Hills three years later on ludicrously-fast greens.
Die hoe mediadekking wat veranderinge van plekname in Limpopo geniet het, verwys hoofsaaklik na benamings uit die Afrikanergeskiedenis, inter alia Louis Trichardt (Makhado), Pietersburg (Polokwane) en Nylstroom (Modimolle).
When you arrive in Pietersburg they even whisk you off the train, put you aboard a 1944 DC4 plane and take you on the two-hour trip to the amazing Victoria Falls.
Ziervogel (1970: 82) does however point out that the possessive concord of the locative classes in Pedi, a Sotho dialect spoken to the south of Pietersburg, does have a variant form gwa, which is used in addition to ga.