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9 MOST DENSELY POPULATED TOWNSHIPS

9. IBHAYI

Port Elizabeth Eastern Cape 237,799 36.06 sq.km

Ibhayi, the largest township in the entire Eastern Cape province, is steeped in history, tradition anmd culture. It comprises many different sections that came from modest beginnings and have flourished into hubs of … Read More

8. MITCHELLS PLAIN

Cape Town Western Cape 310,485 Est. 1970 43.76 sq.km

Thirty minutes from the city of Cape Town, on the False Bay coast between Muizenberg and Khayelitsha, lies the only “coloured” township that features on this list. Mitchells Plain was established … Read More

7. MAMELODI

Pretoria Gauteng 334,577 Est. 1945 45.19sq.km

This township came about when the South African government elected to build sixteen houses on Vlakfontein farm, outside Pretoria, between 1945 and 1953. The area was soon designated a blacks-only dwelling by the Group … Read More

6. KHAYELITSHA

Cape Town Western Cape 391,749 Est. 1985 38.71 sq.km

While Khayelitsha is the youngest township on this list, it is reputed to be the fastest-growing in South Africa. Khayelitsha was one of the apartheid regime’s final attempts to enforce the … Read More

5. SOSHANGUVE

Pretoria Gauteng 403,162 Est. 1974 126.77 sq.km

Soshanguve was established in 1974 on land scheduled to be incorporated into a Bantustan bordering on Mabopane and Bophuthatswana. The name of this township is an acronym formulated from the names of South … Read More

4. UMLAZI

Durban KwaZulu-Natal 404,811 Est. 1845 47,46 sq.km

Having been established in 1845, Umlazi is one of the oldest townships in South Africa. The name “Umlazi” is said to have originated from “umlaza” (a Zulu word for the sour acid produced … Read More

3. KATLEHONG

Germiston Gauteng 407,294 Est. 1945 55.36 sq.km

Katlehong (place of success) was established at the close of the Second World War. As a historic site Katlehong is situated in a region formerly known as Pamietfontein Airport, which was a wartime … Read More

2. TEMBISA

Kempton Park Gauteng 463,109 Est. 1957 42.80 sq.km

In 1957 the South African government moved black people from their homes in areas around Alexandra, Edenvale, Kempton Park, Midrand and Germiston. The governmrnt officials found a place for them in the … Read More

1. SOWETO

Johannesburg Gauteng 1,271,628 Est. 1963 106.44 sq.km

SOuth WEstern TOwnships, simply known as Soweto, sits on the border of Johannesburg’s mining belt in the south. People had been living here since the latter part of the 19th century when gold … Read More

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