Protem is a hamlet some 30 km north of Bredasdorp and 40 km south-west of Swellendam. The name is an abbreviation of Latin pro tempore, 'for the time being'. The centre was to have served as a temporary railway terminal on the line from Caledon to Swellendam, but the rest of the line was never constructed.
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- Raper, Peter E. (1987). Dictionary of Southern African Place Names. Internet Archive. p. 375. Retrieved 28 August 2013.