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Vredenburg is regarded as the capital city of the West Coast and is close to Langebaan, Saldanha, Jacobsbaai, Paternoster, St Helena Bay and Velddrif. It is a large town which houses almost any business you may need.

During the 18th century Vredenburg already was an established wheat producing district. However, as in most parts of the West Coast, fresh water shortage was always a problem. This lead to many disputes about water and fountains. Two farmers were set to settle their dispute in court. Luckily this dispute was resolved by the Dutch Reformed Church, which was founded on one of the farms during 1875. After that peace reigned, and the town which developed was named Vredenburg (vrede = peace).

During the Second World War a pipeline was laid on from the Berg River to the town, which solved the water shortage problem, after which development of the town increased drastically.

Farm-land in the region is relatively poor. Main farming activities in the region are wheat, sheep, cattle and honey.

The West Coast Oval Race Track is situated between Vredenburg and Saldanha and well worth a visit.

Although Vredenburg is not the ideal tourist destination, it will provide in all your shopping needs, and is close to all the tourist attractions in the region.


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