Vergaderings van die tak word elke derde Saterdag van die maand om 14h00 gehou by die Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk Ontdekkerskruin, Philipslaan, Ontdekkers, Roodepoort.
hierbo vir besonderhede.

30 November 2010

Last gathering of 2010

On 20 November 2010 twenty members of the West Gauteng branch met at our usual venue to enjoy the last gathering of the year.

Tables were set up under the large shady Tipuana tree, coals were lit and members happily chatted to each other.

After a wet week on the West Rand we were fortunate to have good weather.

Margaret Humphries (in middle of the photograph) and her catering team saw to it that there were ample salads and sufficient pudding.

Kriek Fourie (left) did an excellent job of making and looking after the fires. It was a relaxing afternoon and we were able to get to know each other better. -- Penny Evans.

19 November 2010

Newsletter: November 2010

The latest newsletter of the branch is published below. 
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Click on "Full Screen" below to enlarge it. Wes-Gauteng-nuusbrief 2010-11

Is massagrafte aan die kom?

Godsdiensleiers, kultuurkenners en akademici kom vanmiddag (19 November 2010) by die Durbanse stadsaal byeen om die omstrede voorstel oor die herbenutting van grafte te bespreek, berig Radio Sonder Grense.

Die eThekwini-munisipaliteit het onlangs aangekondig dat hy gaan begin om ou grafte weer te benut, omdat daar nie plek is vir nuwe grafte nie.

Die oorskot sal opgegrawe en in 'n massagraf herbegrawe word.

Sowat 20 000 mense word elke jaar in eThekwini begrawe en die stad het nog net plek beskikbaar vir twee-en-'n-halfjaar.

Onlangse berigte in Durban het gelui dat 59 van die stad se 60 begraafplase vol is. Kundiges het nege jaar gelede gewaarsku dat Durban nog net tot 2010 plek sou hê om mense te begrawe en het toe herbenutting van grafte voorgestel, óf om mense regop te begrawe.

01 November 2010

Cherised items

Report and Photographs by Penny Evans
(Click on any photograph to enlarge it.)

Thirty three members of the West Gauteng branch supported the “Bring and Brag” day on 16 October 2010. The hall was filled with cherished items of historical and genealogical interest. 
Some fascinating stories were told about the brag items.

• Graham Southey brought trophies won by three generations of the Southey family at various agricultural shows. His great grandfather was the “merino king” for seventeen years. On the eighteenth year his middle son was the winner of the trophy. His father did not speak to him for three months!

• Frans Viljoen’s old and valuable family Bible was on display.

• Neels Coertse brought a stone carving done by someone during the Anglo Boer War while in the Greenpoint Concentration Camp.

• Giel Nel brought a 1957 telephone directory which he had found useful for his family history research

.• Robin Templeton had inherited a very old pictorial book of Johannesburg as well as a beautiful old silver shoe horn and button hook.

• Louise Dick had antique items of needlework including a crochet rug, patchwork cushion cover and a Voortrekker kappie which her grandmother had made for her own mother.

• Ds Hennie Le Roux also brought items of handwork done by his grandmother, mother and mother in law.

• Kriek Fourie’s inheritance included jukskei clubs carved from the wood of the knobthorn tree, an antique cutlery set and a shotgun which had belonged to his grandfather.

• Bob Saunders brought a photo showing four generations of the Saunders family. He told the story of the Kruger quarterpound left to the family by his grandfather.

• John and Iris Stephens brought their granddaughter, Talita, who wore her great great grandmother’s wedding dress. In addition they had brought a child’s dress which was about 100 years old and was first worn by Iris Stephens’s mother.

• Many other interesting items were on display. There were old coins including a 1879 threepenny piece, a fighting sword, a miniature set of the complete works of Shakespeare, an old diary with beautiful handwriting, old preserving jars, an antique peeler, medals won in various wars, old photos, locks of hair preserved in miniature containers and much more.

• Chairman Lucas Rinken brought the marbles his father had played with while in the Bethulie Concentration Camp and the fork which was all that remained after the family home was burnt down during the Anglo Boer War. In addition he brought many items of historical interest.

The enthusiastic participation by the members made this day a great success.