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Wolseley Blockhouses. 1901 during Anglo-Boer War. Wolseley, Western Cape. 02.jpg

The Pomegranate De-juicing Company (Pty) Ltd (PDC) is based in the small town of Wolseley, located in the Breede River Valley region of South Africa's Western Cape Province, 90km northeast of Cape Town. The co-ordinates are 33°24'47"S, 19°12'06"E at an elevation above sea level of 260m (850ft).

With a population of some 12,500 people, Wolseley is situated on the main railway line between Cape Town and the central interior of South Africa.

The local industry is completely based on agriculture where work opportunities are seasonal. This represents a big challenge for the government and local authorities, as well as PDC, to provide a more sustainable environment for regular employment.

Wolseley History

Wolseley still has many places of interest relating back to Colonial Rule and the Anglo-Boer War. Dotted around the countryside are remnants of the block houses built by the British Forces.

The area was originally called Ceres Road but, during this war, it received its present name from Sir Garnet Wolseley, the British governor of Natal Province and commander of the British Forces. He was a man of considerable dash and character and inspired the expression "It's all Sir Garnet", meaning that everything was in meticulous order.

The town was one of the most important staging posts between the Western Cape and the Kimberley Diamond Fields and received its municipal status in 1910.


The area receives most of its rain in the winter months, May to August, with June normally being the highest. Snow also falls on the mountains during winter, changing the magnificent passes into a winter wonderland, with temperatures ranging between 5°C and 17°C.

The summer months, November to March, have a normal temperature range of between 16°C and 31°C, with peak summer temperatures reaching highs of around 43°C.