Thaba Tshwane

Durban Light Infantry South African National Defence Force South African Army College
Thaba Tshwane


Robert's Heights
SA Army College in Thaba Tshwane
SA Army College in Thaba Tshwane
Thaba Tshwane is located in Gauteng
Thaba Tshwane
Thaba Tshwane
Thaba Tshwane is located in South Africa
Thaba Tshwane
Thaba Tshwane
Coordinates: 25°47′24″S 28°08′32″E / 25.7901°S 28.1421°E / -25.7901; 28.1421Coordinates: 25°47′24″S 28°08′32″E / 25.7901°S 28.1421°E / -25.7901; 28.1421
CountrySouth Africa
MunicipalityCity of Tshwane
 • Total32.76 km2 (12.65 sq mi)
 • Total6,727
 • Density210/km2 (530/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African68.5%
 • Coloured0.6%
 • Indian/Asian0.1%
 • White30.5%
 • Other0.4%
First languages (2011)
 • Northern Sotho29.1%
 • Afrikaans27.9%
 • S. Ndebele8.2%
 • Tsonga7.3%
 • Other27.5%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box

Thaba Tshwane is a military base (or military area), in Pretoria, South Africa.

Units and facilities

The oldest building in the complex is the South African Garrison Institute, what is now known as the Army College. Lord Kitchener laid the cornerstone on 12 June 1902.[2]

Today the installation is home to:

Names and history

Founded around 1905 by the British Army, and called Roberts Heights[3] after Field Marshal Lord Roberts. The area was subsequently renamed Voortrekkerhoogte ("Voortrekker Heights") in 1939 by the government of the Union of South Africa, following the beginning of the building of the nearby Voortrekker Monument, at a time of growing Afrikaner nationalism. On the 19th of May 1998, following the end of apartheid, it was renamed again, getting the name Thaba Tshwane.[4] Thaba Tshwane should not be confused with the much larger City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, that was created in 2000, which includes Pretoria (including Thaba Tshwane).


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Thaba Tshwane". Census 2011.
  2. ^ Du Preez, Sophia (1989). "Voortrekkerhoogte 90 Jaar Oud". Scientaria Militaria. 19 (1).
  3. ^ Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar (in Afrikaans). Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau.
  4. ^ "The name of the military base, Voortrekkerhoogte is officially changed to Thaba Tshwane". 19 May 1998. Retrieved 24 November 2014.