Old gems hidden in the bustling city

The old farmers' market serves as a landscaping centre today.

POLOKWANE – In that time, schools, churches and municipal offices have been built and torn down and rebuilt to accommodate the growing number of residents. While it makes sense to upgrade, it is important to preserve many of the city’s architectural wonders in memoriam of its founders.

In the 1840s, Voortrekkers, under the leadership of Andries Potgieter, established Zoutpansberg Dorp, a town 100 km to the north west. This settlement had to be abandoned because of clashes with the local tribes. The Voortrekkers founded a new town in 1886 and named it Pietersburg in honour of Voortrekker leader, Petrus Jacobus Joubert. That town has since flourished and gained city status, along with a new name, Polokwane.

Today, many of the buildings erected during the 1880s still stand, albeit in the shadow of taller, more modern buildings.

The city recently celebrated the opening of the new Polokwane/Limpopo High Court that was completed less than a year ago. The High Court Building in Polokwane has two blocks; block A is the actual High Court building with six criminal courts and 11 civil courts, while block B houses offices of the State Attorney, National Prosecuting Authority, Master of the High Court, Legal Aid South Africa, the Family Advocate and the office of the Chief Justice’s provincial centre. It boasts with 258 underground parking bays.

It is the first building of it’s kind in South Africa, boasting with the latest technological advances.

The new Limpopo High court was completed in 2016 and brags with the most modern technology.

Situated right next to the court is a smaller, plain white building, known as the Old Pietersburg Farmers’ market.

The old farmers’ market serves as a landscaping centre today.

It was erected in 1937 and catered to the needs of farmers in the area, as the residents of then Pietersburg were mostly farmers.

The market closed down but the building did not fall into disuse as it was turned into a gym in the 1980s and since then, it has served as a landscaping centre.

These two buildings stand side by side, with their occupants rendering important services to the greater Polokwane community. This balance shows us that although it is important to make room for new and exciting establishments, it is important to keep some of the old around so we can see just how far we have come.


This building is one of many in the city that boasts a rich history and story within. Tell us which is your favourite old building in the city, and why?

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