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Prieska is located in Northern Cape
Prieska is located in South Africa
Prieska is located in Africa
 Prieska shown within Northern Cape
Coordinates: 29°40′6″S 22°44′38″E / 29.66833°S 22.74389°E / -29.66833; 22.74389Coordinates: 29°40′6″S 22°44′38″E / 29.66833°S 22.74389°E / -29.66833; 22.74389
Country South Africa
Province Northern Cape
District Pixley ka Seme
Municipality Siyathemba
Established 1882
 • Total 195.52 km2 (75.49 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 14,246
 • Density 73/km2 (190/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 23.6%
 • Coloured 67.4%
 • Indian/Asian 0.5%
 • White 8.0%
 • Other 0.4%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 92.6%
 • Xhosa 4.4%
 • English 1.0%
 • Other 2.0%
Postal code (street) 8940
PO box 8940
Area code 053

Prieska is a town on the south bank of the Orange River, in the province of the Northern Cape, in western South Africa.

It is located on the southern bank of the Orange River, 130 km north-west of Britstown and 75 km south-east of Marydale. It developed from a place to which farmers migrated when the pans were full, after rains. It was administered by a village management board from 1882 and attained municipal status in 1892. The name is derived from Korana and means ‘place of the lost she-goat’.[2]

The town is 240 km south of Kimberley and lies on the R357 road. It was originally named Prieschap, a Khoisan word meaning ‘place of the lost she-goat’. The town was founded in 1882, and in 2011 the town had a population of 14,246.

Notable natives and residents[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Prieska". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 375. 

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