Tsakane a.k.a. Mashona is a township located in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa. It was established during the early 1960s due to the segregation movement and was formally founded as a designated area. The word Tsakane itself refers/means ‘Happiness, Joy’.
During the 2011 Census the population of Tsakane consisted of Black Africans (134,342), Coloureds (539), Whites (28), Indian/Asians (216) - 135,994 in total. The languages that are spoken are as follows: IsiZulu, Sotho, Xhosa, Setswana, Xitsonga, Ndebele and English. Tsakane is divided into different extensions: 1, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 5, 8, 9. With Public school's near like Mamellong Comprehensive school & J.E Malepe Secondary school.
Tsakane has one public hospital called Pholosong. The hospital serves a population of 900,000 people from Tsakane, KwaThema and Duduza. There is one public clinic and other smaller surgeries and clinics in the township that take care of the health of the people around the township of Tsakane. Clinics help patients with health issues such as high blood pressure, cancer, HIV/AIDS blood tests and treatment, etc.
Economic development has been a tactic used by politicians and economists to gain trust and publicity to and from the people of the economy. Tsakane is one of the townships which has the most development recently. Tsakane has a huge buying power, for example, there are 4 Shoprite stores in Tsakane and the malls as well as shopping complexes are forever busy throughout the week (Tsakane people making purchases). There is a range of housing in Tsakane. Residences range from middle class houses (Ext 1,5,8 & 11) normal houses (central) to RDP houses (Mandela village, Ext 9,12,13,15 & 19).
Tsakane has three Shopping malls malls, Tsakane Mall, Tsakane Corner as well as The square and other smaller shopping centers which are located in different sections of the township: Duduza Rank, Extension 11 and Extension 19. Tsakane mall is not very big but have many stores inside including banks. The shopping centers are very small compared to the upmarket malls and have few retail stores and bank ATMs. Two well known supermarkets in the mall that most people buy food from is Shoprite as well as Spar. Shoprite is also found in the other two shopping centers: Extension 11 and Extension 19 shopping centers. There are fast-food restaurants, clubs and other places that people go to on special occasions, such as when celebrating a public holiday. Places used for as night venues are: Chillas, Dinangwe, A2A and Welcome's place. The people of Tsakane like to eat out a lot and also support their local township food business which sells bunny chow.
Tsakane has one major stadium, Tsakane Stadium. The stadium is not large enough to host matches between big soccer teams like Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs. It is often used for local activities such as government functions, schools sport, local soccer teams, music festivals and religious gatherings.
There are several Primary and Secondary Schools in Tsakane that offers primary and secondary education. Primary schools in Tsakane mostly start from Grade 1-7 whereas the secondary schools start from Grade 8 to 12 except for African School for Excellence which is the only secondary school that starts from grade 7 in the area.
The African School for Excellence (ASE) is currently the only private school located at Tsakane township. The ASE model was designed specifically to address the needs and challenges of African secondary school scholars. The main difference between the private and government public schools in Tsakane is that ASE uses a different education model and curriculum: Cambridge and CAPS.
Tsakane has one community radio station called EK FM 103.6. The radio station serves as a community development and communication media for Tsakane, Kwathema, Duduza and Daveyton communities.
Tsakane has a local newspaper: The African Reporter. The African Reporter is a weekly newspaper distributed on Fridays across the East Rand with an estimated circulation of 22,000 newspapers.
Tsakane also has a local magazine.Nonhlanhla Masina (scientist, educationist, entrepreneur)
Dr. Paseka Ncholo, the mining Magnate and his brother Dr. Khotso Ncholo are also from Tsakane