The People.

Prince Albert is a vibrant community

our colorful town route leads you to the warm heart of our people

this is a route that you drive or cycle by yourself - there is a map at the bottom of this page

10 best places . . .

to get a glimpse of every day life in Prince Albert

The POP Centre

Pick a Piece recycling

Beadkidz

Sonneblom Kiddie College

parkrun

Prince Albert Vastrappers

Prince Albert Dieresorg

Handmade Karoo

Prince Albert Library

Saturday movies

and everything in-between

As you follow the route from one point to the other, look around and let our ‘inbetween guide’ help you find the easily overlooked things that give texture to our town

house shops

technology hub

Falko One graffiti

old block houses

taverns

gardens

working for our town

old mission church

Fransie Pienaar museum

1st stop

the POP centre

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At the POP Youth Centre the town’s youth up to 25 years of age can enjoy meals, get after-school care including help with homework and have a social and safe meeting place catering just for children.

The Centre has a permanent manager and a staff of volunteers.  They do all sorts of activities with the children from teaching boxing and craft, playing ball and offering life skills programmes to teenagers.

POP stands for ‘Path out of Poverty’ and is an innovative programme enabling young people to dream, build self-esteem, abilities and skills. This way they will be able to broaden their horizons and take advantage of new opportunities.

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Centre hours

9 am to 5 pm on weekdays

Wednesday evenings 6pm – 9 pm for teenagers

Manager – Rodine Barends

Office – 023 5411 078

Mobile – 078 2579676

Email – pop8@goedgedacht.org

Botterblom Street, Rondomskrik, Prince Albert

Map at the bottom of this page

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Best time to visit –

Afternoons from 2pm onwards when children arrive after school

What to do

Announce yourself to the centre manager or one of the staff – they will give you more background

Spend some time with the children

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house shops

Stop for a cooldrink and a chat at one of the many house shops you will encounter on your route.  Some of the owners are of the Muslim faith and locals refer to their shops as “Ramadaan shops”.

2nd stop

Pick a Piece Children's Recycling

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On most Wednesday afternoons, up to 150 primary school children bring recyclable waste from their homes (cardboard, tin cans, glass bottles, plastic, paper) to the POP centre.

The materials must already be sorted into different bags and the children stand in line for the recyclables to be weighed and points per kilo are earned.

After washing their hands, the children exchange the points for food, toys tinned goods, socks, blankets etc.

 

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Project hours

Most Wednesdays 2 pm – 3 pm

Not the first Wednesday or the month or during school holidays

Project contact person – Sue Goosen

Mobile – 076 541 3953

Email – suegoosen8@gmail.com

POP Centre, Botterblom Street, Rondomskrik, Prince Albert

Map at the bottom of this page

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Best experience –

Chat to the volunteers and the children, try to guess how many kilos of recyclables the children bring in

If you will be in town for longer, or plan to return, consider volunteering once or twice at the project

 

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technology hub

At the Cape Access Centre residents can use computers, printers and the internet.  The staff can help set up email accounts and there are two training courses on computer skills for which anyone can sign up.

Outside the Cape Access Centre children have the chance to learn basic computer skills and play educational games at the eye catching orange cube.

3rd stop

Beadkidz

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Beadkidz was born in 2013 when a group of young people asked a few volunteers to help them find something which they could do with their hands to keep busy and that would earn them a small income.

The group meets twice a week to work together.

Their flagship products are fridge magnets of beaded windpumps and of ‘The Prince Albert People’ – little beaded figures depicting the people you will see in our streets.  Look for grandmothers with babies on the hip, musicians with microphone or instrument in hand, nurses in uniform carrying shopping or school girls with bright scarfs.

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Project hours

Monday, Wednesday and Thrusday 2 pm – 5 pm

Project contact person – Madeleine Barnard

Mobile – 082 562 2123

Email – mads.barnard@tiscali.co.za

Beadkidz container at the Cape Access Centre, Toegangspad, Rondomskrik, Prince Albert

Map at the bottom of this page

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Best experience –

Ask the group if you may pull up a chair and sit and watch for a while how little figures appear under skilled fingers

If you want to try making a figure yourself, ask for some wire and guidance

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gardens

Creating a garden in the harsh climate of the Great Karoo is no mean feat, yet many residents manage to create a small oasis of order and beauty.  Our gardeners are proud of their gardens and would love to chat over the fence with admirers.

4th stop

Sonneblom Kiddie College

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The Sonneblom curriculum motto is ‘beauty, excellence and order’.

The school strives to help every child develop self-discipline, self-motivation and a good, healthy self-image.

The school follows both the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Curriculum as well as the Jubilee Educational System – an educational program that uses well-designed equipment to develop the young child’s foundational skills in maths, reading and writing.

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School hours

Monday to Thursday 8 am – 4 pm

Friday 8 am – 1 pm

Project contact person – Anna-Marie Kaars-Sijpesteijn

Tel – 072 929 4270 or 023  004  1198

Email -princealbert@shiloh.org.za

cnr Lang and Dahlia Streets, North End, Prince Albert

Map at the bottom of this page

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Best experience –

Phone ahead and arrange your visit

Follow the lead of the teachers and take part in the activity of the moment

 

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taverns

Stop at a tavern to see what is on offer.  You may get a cold beer and something to eat.  A chat to the tavern owner opens a whole new perspective on Prince Albert!

5th stop

Prince Albert parkrun

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Prince Albert parkrun is part of the world wide parkrun community where anyone may take part, free of charge, in a timed 5km walk or run on a Saturday morning.

Prince Albert’s parkrun follows a route designed to bring together different parts of our community and offers wonderful early morning views over the Karoo veld.

The children of Prince Albert are encouraged to take part in the Saturday morning parkrun.  Each child that completes a run receives a voucher for a pancake at the Saturday Market and children that complete 10 parkruns receive a pair of running shoes.

parkrun tourism is becoming a thing and on most Saturdays a number of participants are visitors to our town, some coming especially to take part on Prince Albert’s parkrun route.

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When and where

Saturday morning

April to September 8 am

October to March 7 am

Contact person – Zelia Mullins

Tel – 072 108 1987

Odendaal Sport grounds, Odendaal Street, Prince Albert

Map at the bottom of this page

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Best experience –

Put on tekkies and join for a walk or run – no pressure

Register with parkrun before you go if you want to be timed

If you are not up to doing the route, you can volunteer or just take your camera and have fun

You could make a contribution to pancake vouchers or running shoes – speak to the organiser at the run

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Falko One's graffiti

At a Prince Albert Art festival held in 2014, celebrated graffiti artist, Falko One, decorated walls in Prince Albert with his art.  See how many of these interesting works of art you can find as you follow the route.

6th stop

Prince Albert Vastrappers

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Described as ‘dancing in the dust’ the energetic Riel dance is seeing a wonderful revival and visitors have a rare opportunity to see this authentic celebratory dance in action.

The dance has its roots in the Khoisan tradition and it is thought to be one of the oldest indigenous dancing styles in South Africa.

It became the dance of sheep shearers and farm workers through the 1940s and 1950s. Add to that the beat of boeremusiek (Afrikaans folk music) with an emphasis on the tin guitar and violin, to which it is most often performed, and you get a totally original dance, the most outstanding feature of which is its frantic footwork. This is not a slow dance; this is a ‘dans lat die stof so staan’ – dance until the dust is in the air!

Prince Albert Vastrappers is a project of the local branch of the ATKV (Afrikaans Language and Culture Association)

 

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When and where

With the help of the local branch of the Afrikaanse Taal- en Kultuurvereniging, Prince Albert School children dancing under the guidance of Sara van Rooy are honing their Riel skills and enjoying it with every dance step.

The ‘Prince Albert Vastrappers’ regularly perform on request at occasions in town, but visitors can also attend their practice sessions.

Tuesday and Thursday during school terms from 5 pm to 6 pm

Contact Sara van Rooi – 073 091 3540

OR

Denise Ohlson – 082 826 1326

Email – karoostyl@intekom.co.za

Oom Takkie se werf, Kronkelstraat, Prince Albert

Map at the bottom of this page

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Best experience –

Take your camera!

You may find you want to try some moves yourself, so leave the sandals and wear shoes that can shuffle around in the dust.

The group is always happy to show their moves and let visitors take pictures or videos – post these on social media, please.  Donations are put to good use buying new shoes when needed and paying for transport to annual competition venues.

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old block houses

In 1962, as a result of the Group Areas Act, all Coloured residents of Prince Albert were moved to North End and the houses known as the ‘old block’ houses, were the first houses built in this area.

The roof structures are interesting – look for the rounded concrete roof blocks that were used.

7th stop

PADS - Prince Albert Animal Welfare

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PADS offers help to the animals of Pensioners and residents with a low income.  Services include relieving the plight of disadvantaged animals, education to owners and first line nursing care in emergencies.

PADS works from a ‘container clinic’ where animals are dipped and de-wormed and vaccinations are given on condition that pets are sterilised.  Sterilisation drives are held as often as funds permit.

The volunteers at the container help with information and education and one volunteer is a fully accredited animal welfare assistant, approved by the Veterinary Council.

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When and where

The clinic is open

10 am to 12 pm

Monday to Friday

Contact number – 071 571 8600

Email – animalwelfarepa@gmail.com

Thusong Centre, Church Street, Prince Albert

Map at the bottom of this page

PADS at work in Prince Albert
Best experience –

Visit the container clinic to experience the work PADS does first hand

Chat to the owners who bring their animals for dipping and de-worming to find out how PADS makes a difference

Offer to volunteer with a sterilisation drive when you visit Prince Albert again

 

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working for our town

The friendly people in orange work clothes work under the Community Work Programme, which is an innovative offering from government to provide a job safety net for unemployed people of working age.

The jolly men with reflector vests on bicycles are part of our Neighbourhood Watch.

8th stop

Handmade Karoo Handgemaak

Handmade Karoo Handgemaak started in October 2010.  The participants earn an income with the knitting, crocheting and sewing skills they have.

The knitted bunnies and other animals that the Handgemaak ladies make have become well known and sought after as quality, unique handcrafted products.

The range includes useful items for your home such as draft excluders, sturdy potholders and laundry peg bags.

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When and where

The project members work together

9 am to 1 pm Mondays and Thursdays

except for school holidays

Contact Catherine Spence – 083 407 3390

Email – info@karoohandgemaak.com

Online shop – www.karoohandgemaak.com

Oppiehoek, cnr Chaplin and Mark Streets, Prince Albert

Map at the bottom of this page

Best experience –

Immerse yourself in the workshop and watch the women at work

Browse through the stock at hand and buy something for yourself or a friend

Chat to anyone!

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old mission church

The mission church was completed in 1908 and was the heart of the Coloured community in Prince Albert.  The open square in front of the church was the site for a market and at one time a merry-go-round.  The Coloured community lived around the church until their forced removal starting in 1962.  At the time all houses were demolished.

9th stop

Library

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Prince Albert’s public library is a hive of activity all hours of the day with adults and children using this wonderfully resourced space with its warm, friendly staff.

The fourth oldest library in the country, the Prince Albert Library recently won the trophy for best library in the Western Cape.

It is not just about books – children use the computers with free internet and during school holidays there are puzzles and games for the little ones.

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When and where

Monday to Friday

9 am to 1 pm and 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Librarian Reinie Smit – 023 5411 036

Email – reiniesmit@gmail.com

Next to the ABSA bank, Church Street, Prince Albert

Map at the bottom of this page

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Best experience –

Spend an hour at the large table with all the newest magazines

Ask for a temporary library card if you are a visitor

Watch the goings on!

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Fransie Pienaar museum

You will be fascinated by the collections in our museum and touched by the exhibition that describes the impact of the historic forced removals on our community.

10th stop

Saturday movies at the Showroom

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All the kids who complete the parkrun are treated by a benefactor to the Saturday movie, complete with cooldrink and popcorn

The Showroom Theater Movie Club brings wonderful entertainment to Prince Albert’s children and the Saturday movie is well supported by the entire community.

This is a wonderful way to introduce our youngsters to the splendors and excitement of a theater.

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When and where

Most Saturdays

10 am

The Showroom Theater – 023 5411 563

Email – admin@showroomtheatre.co.za

43, Church Street, Prince Albert

Map at the bottom of this page

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Best experience –

Join the fun and watch the movie

You could sponsor some of the popcorn and movie tickets – speak to the theatre staff

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