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City of Expertise
[ NORTH-WEST UNIVERSITY ] [ PCE ] [ TECHNICAL COLLEGE ] [ AGRICULTURAL CENTRE ] [ CITY HALL ] [ MADIBA BANQUETING HALLS ]
[ SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE ] [ ARMY SUPPORT BASE ]
[ N12 TREASURE ROUTE NORTH WEST PROVINCE  ]

North West home of sport
[ SPORT FACILITIES ] [ OLëN PARK / KENNETH MCARTHUR OVAL ]
[ POTCHEFSTROOM COUNTRY CLUB ] [ TRIM PARK ]

Cultural heartbeat of the North West
[ MUSEUMS ] [ DUTCH REFORMED CHURCH ] [ MOSQUE ] [ ENTERTAINMENT ]
[ ART MARKET ] [ AARDKLOP ]

Business centre
[ TRANSPORT ] [ BUSINESS CENTRE ] [ THE BULT ] [ INDUSTRIAL AREA ]

Nature
[ LAKESIDE HOLIDAY RESORT ] [ OPM PROZESKY BIRD SANCTUARY ]
[ VREDEFORT DOME ]


Transport

Potchefstroom, the gateway to North West Province, is only one hour's drive from Johannesburg and other great markets of Gauteng. Excellent main access routes by road, rail and air connect Potchefstroom with Namibia and the provinces North Cape, Western Cape, Free State and Gauteng. Daily train and bus services pass through Potchefstroom and route to main centers, thereby enabling tourists to visit the city in comfort.

Museums

Museum and library complex. The Potchefstroom Museum comprises a Main museum (Gouws Street), the Totius House Museum (cr. Molen and Esselen Street), the President Pretorius Museum (Van der Hoff Road) and the Goutz/Fleischack Museum (cr. Gouws and Potgieter Street).

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Visiting hours:
Weekdays 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00.
Saturdays 09:00-13:00 and
Sundays 14:30-16:30.
Admission free.

Dutch Reformed Church

Oldest existing church building north of the Vaal River, a declared national monument and well-known landmark in Potchefstroom. At the front entrance is the bust of the rev. Dirk van der Hoff (first minister of the congregation), by the sculptor Coert Steynberg. Other memorials on the terrain portray important events in South African history an the growth of the church.

City Hall

The stately City Hall in Edwardian Classicist design was inaugurated in 1909. Together with the City Hall of Krugersdorp it is the oldest existing City Hall north of the Vaal River in South Africa. The western façade is strictly symmetrical with the 26m high ornamental, domed tower as a central axis. The clockwork and bell with its Westminster chimes were manufactured in the Netherlands.

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Madiba Banqueting Halls

With its postmodern building style, the banqueting halls are unique in North West Province and add character to the city. Ideal for conferences and receptions. Can accommodate 1 500 people for a meeting.

Enquiries and bookings: tel. (0148) 299 5126

Mosque

The Mosque is situated in the Central Business District and was erected in 1925. The recent renovation of the building has once again brought its distinctive charm to the fore.

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North-West University

The university, one of the four tertiary institutions of the city, was founded in 1869. From 1921 to 1933 it was known as the Potchefstroom University College (PUK) and was awarded full university status in 1951. The beautiful campus boasts two national monuments: the Main building (the first permanent building inaugurated on 4 April 1931), and Heimat Hostel.

PCE

The Potchefstroom College of Education, originally the Normal College, was funded in 1919. Initially the College was housed in galvanised iron buildings on the same premises as the Potchefstroom High School for Boys, and it moved to its present location in 1923.

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Technical College

The Technical College Potchefstroom came into existence in 1939 when the Union Education Department started "continuation classes". The annual increase in student numbers bears testimony to the important role played by this tertiary body.

Agricultural Centre

The Agricultural Centre, previously known as the Experimental Farm (1902) and Agricultural College (1939), is currently the largest single agricultural service point on one terrain in Southern Africa. The centre houses the headquarters of the Highveld Region of the Department Agriculture, the Grain Crops Institute as well as the Agricultural College with its modern training facilities.

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Sport Facilities

Potchefstroom is rightly known as the North West Home of Sport. The provincial headquarters of 17 of the most important sports are situated in the city. The City Council places a high priority on the establishment, maintenance and upgrading of the sport facilities under its control, especially to meet the variety of sporting and recreational needs of its youthful community. The Mooi River trails as well as other trails add extra colour and variety to these facilities available to resident and tourist alike.


Olën Park / Kenneth McArthur Oval

Both these Western Transvaal sports headquarters were laid out in 1892. Olën Park, named after Charlie Olën, former president of the West Province and offers the rugby enthusiast matches up to international level. As from 1995 soccer matches are also played at this venue.

The Oval was named after Kenneth McArther, the Potchefstroom policeman who in 1912 was awarded a gold medal for winning the marathon at the Olympic Games. The high standard of illumination at the grounds makes the televising of large permit meetings possible.

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Potchefstroom Country Club

The Potchefstroom Country Club with its 18-hole golf course, forms part of the Green Belt. The golf course, 9 holes of which are played across the Mooi River, was the first grass course in the South African interior and has played host twice to the South African Open. Big tournaments are presented annually. Facilities for tennis, bowls and squash are also available at the Country Club.

Trim Park

The Trim Park is situated in the Green Belt area adjacent to the Mooi River. This natural paradise through which the Mooi River trail meanders, is a delightful recreational area and has lately also developed as an ideal venue for shows and other festivities.

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Lakeside Holiday Resort

Situated on the banks of the Potchefstroom Dam in the Mooi River. A popular holiday resort which with its variety of facilities, including water sports, angling, accommodation, swimming bath etc. presents a truly relaxed and holiday atmosphere to suit all age groups.

Tel: (0148) 299 5170/3

OPM Prozesky Bird Sanctuary

This sanctuary is situated south of the city adjacent to a large section of the Mooi River. The 60ha reserve is open to the public. Access to the shelters must however be arranged beforehand. The nearly 200 birds species attract bird lovers far and wide. A Mooi River Trail may be followed along the Mooi River up to the Lakeside Holiday Resort. The trail runs through the Green Belt area in the city.

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Entertainment

Apart from sports and recreational activities , the city offers a rich variety of entertainment. The Sanlam Auditorium of the PU for CHE serves as theatre for the city and neighboring towns. Performances to a large extent meet the cultural needs of the community. Local and other artists of high caliber perform regularly in the well-equipped venues. Student life contributes greatly to the entertainment program of the community.

Art Market

A monthly activity which has become a familiar sight in the City Council gardens. A colourful and gay atmosphere is created by the exhibitions of a wide variety of home industries. The market gives residents and tourists the opportunity to make interesting purchases.

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Business Centre

The city's business centre comprises a variety of commercial firms, including shopping centers of large chain store groups, as well as office space for the numerous professional services. The Kerk Street semi-pedestrian mall adds a colourful character to the business centre which makes every visit a highly enjoyable experience.

The Bult

The Bult is synonymous with the student community of Potchefstroom and offers, inter alia, a wide variety of restaurants and other eating places in its business centre. As a national monument the Oak Avenue which is 6,84km long, contributes to the picturesque atmosphere of Tom Street in the Bult area. The trees, planted in 1910, cover an area from the Agricultural College to the Lakeside Holiday Resort.

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Industrial Area

Potchefstroom is an important industrial growth point of North West Province. Potchindustria houses, inter alia, steel, food and chemical industries which concentrate on delivering locally, nationally an internationally. Increasing interest and investment, even by foreign industrialists, reflect the vitality and potential of this sector. The City Council's marketing program is geared towards paying special attention to each new investor and presenting the best package to suit his needs.

South African Police Service

The city's first police office was erected in 1937 and replaced the old police camp in Kruger Street, where Potchefstroom High School for Girls now stands. Wespol Plain, the new offices of the South African Police Service and headquarters of North West Province, were occupied in 1991. The offices in Greyling Street however still remain in use.

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Army Support Base

The headquarters of the ASB is situated in Potchefstroom and also accentuates the important role which the city plays with regard to the activities of the South African National

Defense Force in North West Province. As one of the army bases in the country ASB not only supplies employment to many, but also improves Potchefstroom's image with unique colour.

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Aardklop

Aardklop is an annual South African arts festival held in the city of Potchefstroom, North-West province, South Africa. This cultural festival held in various venues in and around Potchefstroom incorporates Afrikaans theatre, dance, music, cabaret and visual arts. Open-air performances, craft markets, pubs and coffee shops enhance the open areas in the "Bult" district of Potchefstroom. This event draws in excess of 130000 visitors from all areas of South Africa and neighboring states.

Website : www.aardklop.co.za

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N12 Treasure Route North West Province

The N12 Treasure Route North West Province stretches from Carletonville through Potchefstroom to the KOSH area (Klerksdorp, Orkney, Stilfontein, Hartbeesfontein )through Wolmaransstad, Bloemhof and Christiana where it enters the Northern Cape. The route makes easy access not only to towns and cities but also to places of interest (example : Vredefort Dome, Highveld National Park, Bloemhof Dam) to name but a few.

Website : www.n12treasureroute.com

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N12 Treasure Route

The N12 Treasure Route stretches from North of Witbank to far South of Beauford West. The route makes easy access not only to towns and cities but also to places of interest (example : Vreedefort Dome, Highveld National Park, Bloemhof Dam, Kimberley hole, Large Karoo, Small Karoo) to name but a few.

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Vredefort Dome

The Vredefort crater is the largest verified impact crater on Earth. This site referred to as the Vredefort Dome is located  in the Free State and North West Province of South Africa. The Free State town of Vredefort is situated in the crater. Potchefstroom in the North West province and Parys in the Free State are situated close to the Vredefort Dome. From this city/town various tours from rock enthusiasm to mampoer tasting are conducted.  In 2005 the Vredefort Dome was added to the list of  UNESCO World Heritage sites for its geologic interest.

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