Piketberg

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Piketberg
Church in Piketberg
Church in Piketberg
Piketberg is located in South Africa
Piketberg
Piketberg
 Piketberg shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 32°54′S 18°46′E / 32.900°S 18.767°E / -32.900; 18.767Coordinates: 32°54′S 18°46′E / 32.900°S 18.767°E / -32.900; 18.767
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District West Coast
Municipality Bergrivier
Established 1840[1]
Area[2]
 • Total 13.27 km2 (5.12 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 12,075
 • Density 910/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 8.1%
 • Coloured 76.4%
 • Indian/Asian 0.5%
 • White 14.3%
 • Other 0.7%
First languages (2011)[2]
 • Afrikaans 92.7%
 • Xhosa 1.9%
 • English 1.8%
 • Sotho 1.2%
 • Other 2.4%
Postal code (street) 7320
PO box 7320
Area code 022

Piketberg is a town in the Western Cape, South Africa. The original spelling of the name was "Piquetberg".

The town is in the foothills of the Piketberg mountains, a range of low mountains formed from Table Mountain Sandstone.

The area around the mountains is conducive to the farming of wheat, while the area on top of the mountains, being cooler and generally frost-free, is suited to the farming of fruit and Rooibos Tea.

Piketberg possesses a large white Dutch Reformed Church designed by the architect Carl Otto Hager in his trademark neo-Gothic style.[3]

The area was inhabited by the Khoikhoi and the San before the arrival of settlers of European extraction and there is still well-preserved San rock art in the mountains. There was once a small military post in the town to protect the livestock of farmers against depredations by the Khoikhoi.

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