This article is about the town. For the river, see Pienaars River.

 Pienaarsrivier shown within Limpopo

Coordinates: 25°12′47″S 28°18′00″E / 25.213°S 28.300°E / -25.213; 28.300Coordinates: 25°12′47″S 28°18′00″E / 25.213°S 28.300°E / -25.213; 28.300
Country South Africa
Province Limpopo
District Waterberg
Municipality Bela-Bela
  Total 2.06 km2 (0.80 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
  Total 1,897
  Density 920/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
  Black African 98.2%
  Coloured 0.3%
  Indian/Asian 0.2%
  White 1.3%
  Other 0.1%
First languages (2011)[1]
  Northern Sotho 37.2%
  Tswana 35.8%
  Tsonga 8.4%
  Sotho 5.2%
  Other 13.4%
PO box 0420
Area code 012

Pienaarsrivier is a town some 55 km (34 mi) due north of Pretoria, north of the Pienaars River. The river is named after Petrus Gerhardus Jacobus Pienaar, born 26 February 1819 in George, Cape Colony, who trekked to the then Transvaal in 1858. He became a local pioneer farmer, and reputedly shot an elephant whilst hunting in the area. The Northern Sotho name of this river is Moretele, from which the Moreletaspruit derives its name. The town Pienaarsrivier was established in 1908.[2]


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Main Place Pienaarsrivier". Census 2011.
  2. Raper, Peter E. (1987). Dictionary of Southern African Place Names. Internet Archive. p. 366. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
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