Tlokwe Ruins

The Tlokwe Ruins are the remains of Sotho-Tswana settlements on the hills surrounding Fochville in Gauteng, South Africa. They were inhabited until the inhabitants were driven away by Mzilikazi in the 1820s.[1]

Tlokwe Ruins
Tlokwe Ruins is located in Gauteng
Tlokwe Ruins
Location of Tlokwe Ruins in Gauteng
Nearest cityFochville
Coordinates26°29′S 27°29′E / 26.483°S 27.483°E / -26.483; 27.483Coordinates: 26°29′S 27°29′E / 26.483°S 27.483°E / -26.483; 27.483

The Sotho-Tswana people lived in this area for roughly 300 years before the 1815-1840 Difaqane and the 1815-1816 volcanic winter. They farmed sorghum, maize and cattle in the fertile valleys and had a thriving community. During the Difaqane they accepted refugees from the south and eventually, caving in to both population and environmental pressures, moved toward the Brits area.[2][3]


  1. ^ Anderson 2009, Chapter 2.
  2. ^ "Walking in the ruins of a lost world in Melville Koppies". Mail and Guardian. 14 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Fochville".
  • Anderson, Mark Steven (2009). The historical archaeology of Marothodi : towards an understanding of space, identity and the organisation of production at an early 19th century Tlokwa capital in the Pilansberg region of South Africa (PhD). University of Cape Town. hdl:11427/8924.