Ten fun facts about Pretoria


Fact 1
Due to controversy and an undecided name change, the city is sometimes referred t as 'Tshwane' but has not officially been changed yet.

Fact 2
The city is named after Andries Pretorius who helped in the creation of the South African Republic.

Fact 3
In January 2013, Pretoria had an all time high record of 108 degrees.


Fact 4
As of 2012, the University of South Africa had over 300,000 students, both native and international in 130 countries worldwide, making it a world mega university.

Fact 5
The song 'Marching to Pretoria' refers to the city and has argued that the beginning of the song is the basis for the Beatles song 'I Am the Walrus'. John Lennon denied these claims.

Fact 6
The Grove Mall Ice Rink in Pretoria is the first ice rink in Africa to use CO2 and Ammonia, causing a reduction in energy and nontoxic material.

Fact 7
Burgers Park is the oldest park in the city and has been declared a South African National Monument.

Fact 8
Though snow has been spotted in 1959, 1968 and 2012, the city has never experienced accumulation of snow in its history.

Fact 9
Church Street, Pretoria's main street, is the longest urban street in Pretoria and one of the longest straight streets in the world.

Fact 10
After Washington D.C., Pretoria has the second largest number of embassies in the world.


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A city in the northern part of Gauteng Province in South Africa.



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