The hardy cast-iron pot originated in Europe in about the 17th century. It accompanied the early immigrants to the Cape and was an essential part of the nomadic trekboers’ equipment.
More recently the potjie’s popularity is due to it lending itself to the outdoor style of South African living. It is a versatile cooking pot, used as a stewing pot, frying pan, baking oven and even a roasting pan.
It also offers the added convenience of providing a meal-in-one, but the greatest attraction is the opportunity that it affords to relax and enjoy a few hours in the sociable atmosphere that happens around a campfire.