|District||Pixley ka Seme|
|• Total||195.52 km2 (75.49 sq mi)|
|• Density||73/km2 (190/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||23.6%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (SAST)|
|Postal code (street)|
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’.
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
- Elaine Vivier – Mensa IQ result score of 194
- Dr Eugene Ebrahim 'Manelisi' Bosman - Distinguished the township of E'thembeni, meaning, place of hope, by becoming the first Black Doctor in town. Not only in the town but bordering district towns. A first in the history of Gariep High School which is a semi developed school.
- Gert Thys - marathon runner
- "Main Place Prieska". Census 2011.
- "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 375.
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