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ABEILLES – (French)

Meaning “honey bees”.

(ABEILLES 2013-2015)

AFSLAAN – (Afrikaans)

Meaning “tee off” in golf.

(AFSLAAN 1968-2015)

AKANANI – (Tsonga)

Meaning “building each other”.

(SUN VALLEY 1991-2015)

AKANI – (Tsonga)

Meaning “to build”.

(ALOMDRAAI 1978-2015)

AZANIA – (Ancient Greek)
This name is used by most black Africans to refer to South Africa.

(ANNIRAND 1978-2015)

The first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation, important since all other stones will be set in reference to this stone.
(DROMEDARIS 1971-2015)

FALCONS – (Spanish/Italian)
Falcons are powerful birds of prey that have the ability to fly at high speed and can change direction rapidly.
(VORENDAG 1978-2015)

GAUTA – (Setswana)

Meaning “gold”.
(AURUM 1983-2015)

GOUDSTAD – (Afrikaans)

Meaning “City of Gold”.

(GOUDSTAD 1961-2015)

HABITAT – (Latin)

Habitat refers to the natural home or environment of a species.

(HABITAT 2004-2015)

Named after the 12-year-old boy who was slain by the apartheid police during the June 1976 students’ protest against the compulsory use of Afrikaans in schools.

HORIZON – (English)

Meaning “where the sky meets the earth”.

(HORISON 1968-2015)

IKHAYALETHU – (Zulu/Xhosa)

Meaning “our home”.

(IKHAYALETHU 2011-2015)

Meaning “success by working together”.

(BENJEMIJN 1977-2015)

JABALI – (Swahili)

Meaning “strong as a rock”.

(KANNIEDOOD 1978-2015)

KARIBU-JAMII – (Kiswahili)

Meaning “welcome family”.

(SKOONVELD 1973-2015)

KILIMANJARO – Swahili word Kilima, meaning “mountain,” and the KiChagga word Njaro, loosely translated as “whiteness,”. Meaning “white mountain”.

Tallest mountain on the African Continent.
(MAJUBA 1967-2015)

KOPANO HOUSE – (Sesotho)

Meaning “unity”.

(SIVEBEEK 2004-2015)

LEBONE – (Sotho)

Meaning “light”.

(LEBONE 1992-2015)

LESEDI – (Sotho)

Meaning “light”.

(DALE LACE 1995-2015)

MAGNOLIA – (French)
A flowering plant named after the French botanist
Pierre Magnol. It symbolises strength, divine beauty and perseverance.

(AMPER DAAR 1968-2015)

MAQHAWE – (Ndebele/Zulu/Xhosa)

Meaning “heroes”.

(BASTION 1984-2015)

MAYINE – (Zulu)

Meaning “let it rain”.



Meaning of Mošate “royal village” or “palace”.

(KRUINSIG 1974-2015)


Meaning “the queen elephant”.

(PANORAMA 1965-2015)

OPPIERIF – (Afrikaans)

Meaning “on the reef”.

(OPPIERIF 1975-2015)


Meaning “rest”.

(JEUNESSE 1983-2015)


Named after the Biblical river in the Garden of Eden.

(PISHON OF SOVIET 2013-2015)

ROBIN CREST – (English)

Meaning – refers to a bird reaching the highest mountain.

(ROBIN CREST 1995-2015)

SOPHIATOWN – (English)
Sophiatown was a legendary black cultural hub that was destroyed under apartheid, rebuilt under the name of Triomf, and in 2006 officially returned to its original name.
(SOPHIATOWN 2010-2015)

TAKALANI – (Venda)

Meaning “be happy” or “happiness”.

(RALANNE COURT 2006-2015)

He is the former President of Burkina Faso. Viewed by supporters as a charismatic and iconic figure of revolution, he is commonly referred to as “Africa’s Che Guevara”.

(STUDENT TOWN 1995-2015; MELROSE PLACE 1980-2015 (FARANANI 2016) & GLOUCESTER COURT 1964-2015)

ULWAZI – (Zulu)

Meaning “knowledge”.

(ULWAZI 2016)

YMCA – (English)
Young Men’s Christian Association.