Place and Street Names in Tlokweng Over Time

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Philip Moatlhodi Matsetse


Batlokwa ba Moshaweng permanently settled in Tlokweng under the leadership of Kgosi Gaborone in
the 1880s. The name Tlokweng itself signifies that it is the land of Batlokwa. Indeed, there are several
other Batlokwa villages and wards in Botswana, South Africa and Lesotho with the name Tlokweng.
These villages and wards are distinguished from each other by indicating their location, eg. Tlokweng ko
(at) Moshaweng (Gaborone), Tlokweng ko Kolontwane (Motlhaputseng), Tlokweng ko Letlhakeng, Tlok
weng kwa ga Montsana, Tlokweng ko Mokhotlong (in Lesotho), Tlokweng kwa ga Molatedi, Tlokweng
ko Ntsweng (Tlokweng ward in Mochudi) etc. The Setswana name for Potchestroom in the North West
Province of South Africa is Tlokwe indicating that Batlokwa settled in the area. The area inhabited by
Batlokwa in Limpopo Province of South Africa is referred to as Botlokwa.

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