Pretoria Travel Guide

Society and culture

Media

Since Pretoria forms part the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, most radio, television and paper media is the same as what can be found in the rest of the metro area.

Museums
Kruger House (Residence of the president of the ZAR, Paul Kruger)
Melrose House (The Treaty of Vereeniging which ended the Anglo-Boer War was signed here in 1902)
Music

A number of popular South African bands and musicians are originally from Pretoria. These include Desmond and the Tutus, Seether, Zebra & Giraffe, popular mostwako rapper JR, and DJ Mujava who was raised in the town of Attridgeville.

The song "Marching to Pretoria" refers to this city. The opening line of The Beatles' song I Am the Walrus, "I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together", is based on the song "Marching to Pretoria", which contains the lyric "I'm with you and you're with me and we are all together".

Sport

One of the most popular sports in Pretoria is rugby union. Loftus Versfeld is home to the Blue Bulls, who compete in the domestic Currie Cup, and also to the Bulls in the international Super Rugby competition. The Bulls Super Rugby team, which is operated by the Blue Bulls, won the competition in 2007, 2009 and 2010. Loftus Versfeld also hosts the soccer side Mamelodi Sundowns.

Pretoria also hosted matches during the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Loftus Versfeld was used for matches of soccer in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

There are three soccer teams in the city campaigning in South Africa's top flight football League, the Premier Soccer League. They are Mamelodi Sundowns and Supersport United. Supersport United were the 2008–09 PSL Champions. Following the 2011/2012 season the University of Pretoria F.C. will gain promotion to the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL), the top domestic league.

Cricket is also a popular game in the city. As there is no international cricket stadium in the city, it does not host any major cricket tournament, although the nearby situated Centurion has Supersport Park which is an international cricket stadium and has hosted many important tournaments such as 2003 Cricket World Cup, 2007 ICC World Twenty20, 2009 IPL and 2009 ICC Champions Trophy. The most local team to Pretoria is the Titans. Many Pretoria born cricketers have gone on to play for South Africa, including current ODI captain AB de Villiers and T20 captain Faf du Plessis.

Churches
Shofar Christian Church
Commerce and industry

As the national administrative (executive) capital of South Africa, Pretoria is the seat of government and houses the headquarters of the main government departments and ministries. As the de facto capital city, it also hosts the foreign embassies and diplomatic missions. The city is a major commercial centre and an important industrial centre. Its main industries are iron and steel works, copper casting, and the manufacture of automobiles, railway carriages and heavy machinery.

Pretoria has a number of industrial areas, business districts and small home businesses. A number of chambers of commerce exist for Pretoria and its business community including Pretoriaweb a business networking group that meets once a month to discuss the issues of doing business in Pretoria. The members of Pretoriaweb also discuss issues in various social media environments and on the website.

source: Wikipedia

Things To Do in Pretoria See All Things To Do in Pretoria

  • Sammy Marks House

    Sammy Marks House

    Route 104

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  • Melrose House

    Melrose House

    275 Jacob Mare St.

    Melrose House is a stately mansion located in Pretoria, South Africa. Built in 1886 by the prosperou...

    Attractions,Arts and Culture, Historical Sites
  • Loftus Versfeld Stadium

    Loftus Versfeld Stadium

    Kirkness Street

    Loftus Versfeld Stadium is a rugby and association football stadium situated in the Arcadia suburb o...

    Attractions, Activities,Sports, Historical Sites, Entertainment
  • President Paul Kruger House

    President Paul Kruger House

    Church Street West

    Attractions,Historical Sites

Hotels in Pretoria (94 Hotels) See All Pretoria Hotels

  • Premier Hotel Pretoria

    Found in Pretoria, Premier Hotel Pretoria is a premium hotel opportunely located close to Union Buildings, The Pretoria Art Museum and State Theater. Various other trendy...

  • Faircity Grosvenor Gardens

    Faircity Grosvenor Gardens is among the top, premium places to remain in Pretoria. Perfectly positioned in close proximity to Springbok Park, Duncan Yard and Edoardo Vill...

  • Waterfalls Boutique Hotel

    Seen within Pretoria, Waterfalls Boutique Hotel is a premium hotel comfortably found in close proximity to Pretoria National Botanical Garden, Hazel Food Market and Makop...

  • Illyria House

    Spotted in Pretoria, Illyria House is a luxury hotel comfortably located close to Illyria House Spa, Melrose House and Burgers Park. Some other prominent points of intere...

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