The area was first settled over 100 years ago, in 1904, after the outbreak of bubonic plague near present day Newtown. The African population in the affected area was moved to the farm Klipspruit, south west of the city. The settlement became Johannesburg’s first municipal location and in 1934 was renamed Pimville after Howard Pim. Howard Pim had dedicated most of his life to the upliftment of Africans in Johannesburg – he was also a City Councillor between 1903 and 1907.
Soweto is a place very rich in history and full of life with friendly people. The Soweto area has a wide variety of activities and Pimville is an ideal location from which to enjoy the many cultural spots, museums and places of history. A tour of Soweto is highly recommended, especially for first time visitors.
In 2011 Pimville received a healthy community upgrade when the first Clubhouse opened its doors, by 2014 a Teen Centre was added to the community site and today it boasts basketball courts, soccer fields, a park and many more activities for its hundreds of members to attend.
Accommodation in Pimville includes Guesthouses and B&B’s.
Things to do and see
- Walking & Cycling tours of Kliptown
- Taste of Soweto Tour
- Nelson Mandela Museum, “Mandela House”
- Walter Sisulu House
- Soweto Towers
- Credo Mutwa Cultural Village
- Desmond Tutu House
- Hector Pieterson Memorial
- FNB Stadium “Soccer City”
- Mponya Mall
Pimville receives approximately 750 mm of rain per year with most of its annual rainfall during summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 13˚C and 27˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 1˚C and 21˚C.
There are daily flights into O R Tambo International Airport approximately 45 km away via the N12 and into Lanseria Airport approximately 48 km away via the N1 and R512. Car hire facilities are available at all Airports.
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