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Towns

Prieska

TOWNS - PRIESKA

 


Municipality           

Siyathemba Local Municipality

District Municipality:

Pixley ka Seme District Municipality

Set on the south bank of the Orange River at the foot of the Doringberg, Prieska is renowned for its semi-precious stones and large array of succulents including the weird half-mens.

A British fort (Anglo-Boer War) perches on the summit of the Prieska Koppie (hill). Impressive collections of succulents are found at the Prieska Koppie Nature Reserve and the Ria Husiamen Aloe Garden.

Prieska is a Koranna word, Prieskab, which means Place of the Lost Goat.

Attractions

Prieska is located on the southern bank of the Gariep / Orange River, about 130Km west (downstream) of the confluence of the Gariep and Vaal rivers.

Prieska is literally in the middle of nowhere, and the largest town more than 100Km away from other large towns. In between there are many small settlements with names such as Niekerkshoop, Marydale, Copperton, Omdraaisvlei, Putsonderwater.

Ria Huysamen Aloe Garden

A British fort was built from raw tiger eye semi-precious stones during the Anglo-Boer War on the hill overlooking Prieska. Today the hill is the Ria Huysamen Aloe Garden containing a collection of aloes.

Schumann Rock Collection

There is a collection of semi-precious stones in the Municipal offices, the Schumann Rock Collection.

Bos Nature Reserve

Vegetation in the Bos Nature Reserve consists of dwarf shrubs (chaemaphytes) and grasses (hemicryptophytes) that dominate the region.

History

This location was used in earlier times as a crossing point of the Gariep (Orange) River. The Koranna people called the spot Prieskab. Dutch-Afrikaans pioneers also used this location as a crossing point, and some began to settle here.

The Dutch Reformed Church was established in 1878.

The town of Prieska was founded in 1882 and became a municipality in 1892.

Climate

 Summers are hot and dry summers. Winters are cold.

Nature

Prieska lies in the WWF AT1314 Nama Karoo ecoregion.

Economy

Main economy is agriculture, sustained by irrigation from the Gariep river.

Farming: Sheep. Irrigated farmlands: maize, lucerne, vegetables, fruit. The area is very suitable for pistachios, olives, figs and pecans.

Mining: tiger eye gemstones, copper, zinc. Prieska is the world's main supplier of tiger eye.