We refer to our email of 16 March in which we advised you to please mark the date of 10 June on your calendar for your association's AGM.
The AGM will start at 18h00 in the Drostdy Schuur. After the AGM (which will be short and sweet) and our eminent speaker has completed his fascinating talk, we will partake in delicious homemade soup, buttered bread and a glass or two of wine or juice. All at no charge!
We really hope you will attend, as this is the first "live" AGM we have been able to hold in 2 years!!!
For catering purposes, please RSVP to me by Tuesday evening 7th June.
We have a brilliant speaker for you in the person of Professor Michael de Jongh.
Mike is no stranger to SHA, he has addressed us in the past. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of listening to Mike, let me introduce him to you.
Professor Michael de Jongh is a prominent anthropologist who extensively researches the forgotten, and even 'invisible' South Africans. Primarily, the Khoekhoen and San. He is also the author of a series of books.
However, this time Mike will be talking about a somewhat forgotten South African, a rebellious, religious desperado. The fascinating saga and enigma of Coenraad de Buys (1761-1821).
Coenraad, was born in 1761 near Montague, and was destined to leave an indelible imprint on South Africa's 'humanscape'.Coenraad 'took', married or cohabited with a diversity of women including Maria Van der Horst (of mixed descent), Xhosa chief Ngqika's mother, and also the sister (renamed, Elizabeth) of Mzilikazi king of the Ndebele, whom he formally married in Swellendam in 1812!!!
Given De Buys' involvement in the Eastern Cape Frontier Wars, cattle raiding and illicit bartering, Governor Macartney put a 100 Rix-dollars dead-or-alive reward on his head!!..............but, let me not give the whole plot away. Do come and listen to this interesting biography of Coenraad de Buys and his progeny, the Buys people.
With regard to the AGM, as required by the constitution, I attach hereto:
1. The Agenda for the AGM on 10 June at 18h00 in the Drostdy Schuur.
2. The minutes of the remote AGM of 12 - 18 June 2021.
3. The audited Financial Statements for the 2021 / 2022 year
4. An application to become a committee member of the Swellendam Heritage Association
Please peruse these before the AGM.
As always, hope to see you there
The Thirstland trek 1874-1881 tells the story of of a journey through the Kalahari and Botswana to Humpata in Angola
Peter Rattray An Internationally renowned lawyer, spent his last years in Swellendam where he guided the heritage interests of this special old town