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Polokwane – also known as Pietersburg, is not only a pivotal thoroughfare from Gauteng to Northern Limpopo (Mussina, Louis Trichardt) and the Botswana and Zimbabwe borders, it is also where happy campers and travellers take a turn to the east to follow the road that takes one through a choice of Limpopo towns that link you to the nationally and internationally famous and beloved Kruger National Park.
 
Although Polokwane still has a convincing Highveld climate (flat stretches, cold and dry in winter} it is the gateway to the more sub-tropical areas of the Lowveld and bushveld. Polokwane is abuzz with activity: entertainment (a casino, game lodges where the Big 5 can be admired), thriving businesses offer job opportunities and an impressive list of educational centres.
 
Home of over 920 schools, Polokwane can boast about its educational facilities. The bulk of the schools in the city are public schools that are government funded. There are, however, also several private schools most of whom are members of ISASA, the Independent Schools Association of South Africa.
 
Several of these schools start learners at the age of 5 and continue their education through junior, intermediate and college phases at the same facility. With outstanding results overall, many learners from these facilities qualify for University entrances.
 
Pathways, a school for the mentally and physically challenged is recognized worldwide for its work with the challenged children and their inclusion into normal education curriculums. The facility is attached to Mitchell House and attracts visitors and researchers from the world over.
 
UNISA (University of South Africa) has a satellite campus in Polokwane. Its lecture halls accommodate over 200 students and it has micro laboratories, video conferencing facilities, a vast library and a 350-seater multipurpose hall. Special care has been taken at the campus to accommodate the needs of physically disabled learners. 
 
Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) also has a campus in Polokwane. The merger between the various technical colleges in Gauteng and the North-West Province created this uniquely South African institute which then became an internationally accepted “University of Technology”. 
 
Other Further Education and Training (FET) facilities are Damelin and Capricorn College for FET, with a wide range of training courses on offer, covering technical and management fields.  
 
Christ Baptist Church has a seminary that offers certificates, diplomas and a Degree in Theology for those wanting to enter Christian Ministry.
 
In the north-western corner of Pietersburg is the University of Limpopo. This was a merge between the former Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA) and the University of the North, in 2005. 
 
MEDUNSA was established in 1976 to provide tertiary education and training facilities to the educationally disadvantaged in the fields of Medicine, Allied Health and Nursing Sciences, and Dentistry. 
 
The Campus is situated to the north-west of Pretoria. Its grounds extend over 350ha adjoining the Ga-Rankuwa Township. It is readily accessible by road and rail. Regular bus and taxi services operate between Pretoria and Dr George Mukhari Hospital as well as between Mabopane and Medunsa. 
 
The University is situated in the foothills of the Wolkberge in Mankweng, halfway between Polokwane and the magnificent Magoebaskloof.  
 
UNILIM’S vision is to be a leading African university striving towards excellence and global competitiveness, addressing the needs of rural communities through innovative ideas, and endeavouring to meet the educational, research and community needs of society through partnerships and knowledge.

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