Mpumalanga Black Aces
Full name Mpumalanga Black Aces Football Club
Nickname(s) Amazayoni (The Zionists)
Founded 2007, previously City Pillars
Ground Atlantic Stadium, Witbank
Capacity N/A (in FM08 the capacity is 2,250)
Mpumalanga Black Aces or MP Black Aces is a South African association football club based in Witbank, Mpumalanga that participates in the National First Division. Prior to 2007, it was known as City Pillars and Pietersburg Pillars and based in Polokwane and Tzaneen respectively.
The club is owned by the Cypriot South African Morfou family.
Their reserve team, which is known as Aces Academy, plays in the Vodacom League.
Mpumalanga Province name changed from Eastern Transvaal on 24 August 1995. It is a province in South Africa. The name means “the place where the sun rises” in Swazi. Mpumalanga lies in eastern South Africa, north of KwaZulu-Natal and bordering Swaziland and Mozambique. It constitutes 6.5% of South Africa’s land area. In the north it borders on Limpopo, to the west Gauteng, to the southwest the Free State and to the south KwaZulu-Natal. The capital is Nelspruit. Prior to 1994, Mpumalanga was part of Transvaal Province.
The climatic contrasts between the drier Highveld region, with its cold winters, and the hot, humid Lowveld allow for a variety of agricultural activities. More than 68% of Mpumalanga is utilised by agriculture. Crops include maize, wheat,sorghum, barley, sunflower seed, soybeans, groundnuts, sugar cane, vegetables, coffee, tea, cotton, tobacco, citrus, subtropical and deciduous fruit.
Forestry is extensive around Sabie in the far north of the province. Located near the forests, Ngodwana is the site of one of South Africa’s largest paper mills (Sappi).
Natural grazing covers approximately 14% of Mpumalanga. The main products are beef, mutton, wool, poultry and dairy.