Place:Limpopo, South Africa

Alt namesLimpopo Province
Limpoposource: Wikipedia
Noord-Transvaalsource: Embassy of South Africa, Maps (1994) p 2
Northern Provincesource: Wikipedia
Northern Transvaalsource: Embassy of South Africa, Maps (1994) p 2
TypeModern province
Coordinates24°S 29.5°E
Located inSouth Africa     (1993 - )
See alsoTransvaal, South AfricaParent
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Limpopo (; Bapedi /Northern Sotho, Tsonga, Venda, Afrikaans, ; ) is the northernmost province of South Africa. It is named after the Limpopo River, which forms the province's western and northern borders. The name "Limpopo" has its etymological origin in the Northern Sotho language word diphororo tša meetse, meaning "strong gushing waterfalls". The capital is Polokwane (formerly Pietersburg).

The province was formed from the northern region of Transvaal Province in 1994, and was initially named Northern Transvaal. The following year, it was renamed Northern Province, which remained the name until 2003, when it was formally changed to Limpopo after deliberation by the provincial government and amendment of the South African Constitution. An alternate name considered for the province was Mapungubwe.

The Northern Sotho language is spoken by more than 60% of Limpopo's population. The Northern Sotho people also traditionally occupy more than 70% of land mass in the province, with the Tsonga and the Venda both sharing less than 30% of the remaining land mass. 74% of dwelling is located in a tribal or traditional area, compared to a national average of 27.1%. Traditional leaders and chiefs still form a strong backbone of the province’s political landscape. Established in terms of the Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders Act, Act 5 of 2005, the Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders’s main function is to advise government and the legislature on matters related to custom, tradition and culture including developmental initiatives that have an impact on rural communities. Kgoshi Malesela Dikgale was re-elected as the Chairperson of Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders in 2017.

Limpopo province is also home to the Zion Christian Church (or ZCC), also known as Boyne, the largest African initiated church operating across Southern Africa. The church's headquarters are at Zion City Moria in Limpopo Province, South Africa (Northern Transvaal).

According to the 1996 South African Census, the church numbered 3.87 million members. By 2001, its membership had increased to 4.97 million members.[1] The final number of ZCC members today is most likely between 8 and 10 million, in total, according to figures provided by Neal Collins from The New Age and Alex Matlala from The Citizen, two South African newspapers.

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