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n South African Journal of Cultural History - The origin and meaning of the place name

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Abstract

This article attempts to clarify a number of controversial issues around the historical origin and etymology of the place name Tshwane. Two current popular views namely that (a) the city of Pretoria should be renamed Tshwane after one of the sons of the legendary Ndebele ruler Musi; and (b) that Tshwane means "we are the same" are both rejected due to the lack of supporting evidence. It is concluded that the name Tshwane was originally given to the Apies River because of the ritual interconnectedness of two things which played a pivotal role in an ageold rain-making ceremony, namely a black cow , on the one hand, and water drawn for ritual purposes from the said river, on the other. It is argued, furthermore, that originally the place Tshwane was not of much historical significance and that it was only after the establishment of the city of Pretoria in 1855 that the region gained prominence which led to the transferral of the name of the Apies River to the city itself.


Dié artikel poog om verskeie omstrede aspekte rondom die ontstaan en etimologie van die pleknaam Tshwane op te klaar. Twee populêre sienings naamlik (a) dat Pretoria as Tshwane hernoem moet word ter nagedagtenis van een van die legendariese Ndebeleleier Musi se seuns; en (b) dat Tshwane beteken "ons is eenders / dieselfde" word albei op grond van 'n gebrek aan ondersteunende getuienis verwerp. Daar word bevind dat die naam Tshwane oorspronklik aan die Apiesrivier gegee is as gevolg van die onderlinge verbondenheid wat daar tydens 'n ou reënmaakseremonie bestaan het tussen 'n swart koei en rituele water uit hierdie rivier bestaan het. Voorts word argumente aangevoer dat Tshwane histories oënskynlik nie 'n buitengewoon prominente plek was nie, en dat hierdie naam na die stigting van Pretoria in 1855 mettertyd gepopulariseer is toe dit van die Apiesrivier af op die stad self oorgedra is.

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2006-06-01
2016-12-06
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