Pniël

United Congregational Church Mission station

History of Pniel

Coordinates: 33°54′S 18°57′E

Province: Western Cape

District:  Cape Winelands

Municipality:     Stellenbosch

Area:     0.59 km2

Origins of the village of Pniël

A piece of land from the farm De Goede Hoop was donated by 2 Huguenot farmers Pieter Isaac de Villiers and Paul Retief, to build a self-supporting mission settlement for homeless and landless slaves after 1842 when slavery was abolished by the British Empire. There had been about 40000 slaves in South Africa. These two farmers also bought a neighbouring farm which had been called Papiermolen which was included in the settlement. The land was subdivided into 99 small plots on which the freed slaves could build houses and plant food gardens.

Mission beginnings of the town

The mission was run by the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA). A church and a school were built for the community. The name Pniël is of biblical origin and refers to the place where Jacob wrestled with God. It means “ Face of God”

The postcode for Pniel is 7681

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Useful Numbers in Pniel

 

  • Police: Cloetesville  021 888 5940
  • Law Enforcement:021 808 8890
  • Traffic department: 021 808 8800
  • Fire: 021 808 8888
  • Municipality: 021 808 8111
  • 24-Hour Emergency line:Tel: 021 808 8890
  • `Water: 021 808 8215/021 808 8953
  •  Electricity: 021 808 8215/021 808 8953
  • Ambulance: 10177
  • Post office; 021 883 2233
  • Library: 021 808 8499
  • Closest hospital; Optima Rustenvrede Hospital- 021 885 2222
  • Pharmacy; Die Boord pharmacy: 021 887 9400
  • SPCA: Stellenbosch animal welfare  021 883 9129
  • Schools: Pniel primary 021 885 1110
  • Museum; 021 885 2645          https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pniel-Museum/268491883295194[                                                                                                                             

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