POSTAL: Private Bag 113, Potchefstroom, 2520 PHYSICAL: Cnr of Sol Plaatjie & Wolmarans Streets, Potchefstroom TEL: 018 299 5111 FAX: 081 297 0477 WEB: www.potch.co.za
Location and Description
Tlokwe Municipality covers a jurisdictional area of approximately 2 500km². It is situated almost 100km south-west of Johannesburg along the main N12 route to Kimberely and Cape Town.
Divided into 26 wards, the jurisdictional area includes neighborhoods such as Lindequisdrift, Venterskroon, Frederick- stadt, Boskop, Vyfhoek, Matlwang, Ikageng, Promosa, Mohadin, Dassierand, Bult and other uptown suburbs that all make up the city of Potchefstroom.
The city is doubtlessly one of the important growth points of the country with its stable and diversiﬁed economy, lucrative consumer market, competitive business platform, environmentally safe and sound location, culturally dynamic population, superb educational hub and world-class science and research facilities.
A transformed, leading, competitive and preferred world-class city.
Provide quality, sustainable services that are responsive to our communities’ needs within a healthy, safe and green environment through good governance.
The Municipality has an Executive Mayor who is elected by the full Council. The Mayor appoints a Mayoral Committee that assists him in making decisions, proposals and plans that have to be approved by Council. Currently the Council is comprised of 52 councilors.
The current Mayoral Committee is comprised of 10 members that are politically responsible for 10 departments, i.e. Corporate Services, Community Services, Housing and Planning, Infrastructure, Public Safety, Economic Development, Sports and Recreation, Rural Development, Ofﬁce of the Speaker, Transversal Issues.
As overall administrative head, the Municipal Manager leads a team of administrative heads of departments.
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The city’s tourism involves a vast wealth of sights, sounds and adventures of nature at its best. Apart from the leisure resort at the Potchefstroom Dam, Boskop Dam Nature Reserve between Potchefstroom and Carletonville on the R501 also serves as a popular site for angling and sailing. There are a lot of hikes and trails on offer, as well as a visit to the OPM Prozesky Bird Sanctuary that affords birdwatchers the pleasure of observing several bird species in their natural setting.
The Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site is also an important national and international tourist drawcard. The oldest and largest meteorite site on earth received World Heritage Site status in 2005 and is just 20km from the city. The geologically-fascinating dome is an eco-adventure destination of choice and a fast- growing tourist attraction in South Africa.
The city also has a number of national monuments, including the Old Gunpowder House, the Kruger Kraal Opstal, the Andrew Carnegie Library and City Hall, as well as the Goetz/Fleischack Museum, the Old Fort and cemetary.
There have been numerous palaeotology ﬁndings in the region and the Boschop Skull was found on Kolonie Farm near Potchefstroom in 1913 (before the Taung Skull was found in 1920 by Professor Tobias). Another important Heritage Site includes The Hut Caves, near Frederikstad (also a National Monument) where 230 families hid away from Mzilikazi’s war parties during his reign. Today, 40 huts are still standing.
The country’s oldest Dutch Reformed Church and the Hervormde Church are found in town, and St Mary’s Anglican Church is known for its beautiful stained-glass windows.
The city has a number of golf courses and various graded accommodation options.
Outdoor activities in Potchefstroom abound and these include river-rafting, absailing and mountain-biking.
To really get to know our city, come and explore Potchefstroom for yourself.