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Entrance to Philippolis with church tower in the background

Philippolis is a small community (population 6800) and consists of four residential areas: Philippolis central, Rowelsfontein (mainly small-holdings), Poding-Tse-Rolo, and Bergmanshoogte.


The Mayor, Mr. Atkinson Sobantu, is a local businessman, and the Deputy Mayor, Mrs Elsie Thafeni, is a school teacher. There are eight other Councillors. Five of the Councillors form an Executive Committee, chaired by Clr. Pat Magwa.

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Vibrant Leadership: Mr Magwa (left), chairperson: Exco,
in discussion with the Mayor, Mr Sobantu

The Town Clerk, Mr. Louw Vorster, is assisted by an Accountant (Mrs. Petro Muller), and three office staff. The management of the office is fully computerised.


The Council's main achievement since l995 has been the implementation of a l00-unit housing project. Other major infrastructural projects are about to be implemented, including a water pipeline from the Gariep River. The Council is also initiating a commonage scheme which will benefit the underpriviled communities of Bergmanshoogte and Poding-Tse-Rolo.

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Entrance to Local Library and spinning wheel
(used in Emily Hobhouse' weaving school) from local Museum)

The Council manages a well-utilised library , as well as the Transgariep Museum. The Museum contains valuable exhibits of  Griqua life, the history of the mission station, and Emily Hobhouse's workshop at the turn of the century. During April, the annual Witblits Festival is held in Philippolis, and large quantities of `witblits' (schnapps) are produced in the still which is kept in the Museum.