My Hometown: Polokwane, Limpopo


eNCA's Cathy Mohlahlana goes back to her hometown of Polokwane, Limpopo to explore the power of the vote to change communities.

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POLOKWANE - Growing up in a small rural village called Brilliant, about an hour away from Limpopo’s capital, eNCA anchor Cathy Mohlahlana moved to the city of Polokwane when she was six years old to attend boarding school.

While straddling the two very different worlds was not always easy, both environments played significant roles during Cathy&39;s formative years and still holds a special place in her heart.

Cathy matriculated from Capricorn High School in 2005 – in the same year that the government changed the city’s official name from Pietersburg to Polokwane – a name that had long been used colloquially by speakers of Northern Sotho.

PHOTO: A photo from eNCA anchor Cathy Mohlahlana&39;s school yearbook from Capricorn High School in Polokwane, Limpopo.

Following the city’s official name change, several streets have also been renamed as part of the country’s transformation narrative. For example, Capricorn High School’s former address was Vorster Street, Pietersburg, Transvaal. Today, the address is Thabo Mbeki Street, Polokwane, Limpopo Province.

Polokwane is the biggest city north of Gauteng. It boasts a thriving agriculture sector and abundant game and wildlife. The area is known for its relaxed lifestyle and warm hospitality. But while development seems to be on track in the centre, for the most part surrounding rural areas still seem to be lagging behind.

Cathy speaks to local community members about the area&39;s past and present and finds out more about what makes Polokwane and its surrounds so special, but also delves deeper into some of the difficulties facing its residents and aspects that need improvement.

She also chats with her school’s first black principal, Lucas Chuene, about the daunting and difficult task of transformation in a previously predominantly white school. 

Click here to explore an interactive Google map below where you can learn more about why people in South Africa are choosing to vote. The map also includes videos where people express  the challenges they feel need to be addressed in their local communities.

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