My family

I am blessed to be part of a fantastic family.  My family is important to me. I grew up as number three (and eldest daughter) in a family of seven children on a farm in Bloemhof, way then Western Transvaal and now called North West Province in South Africa. I was born on the farm, with no doctor available. My mom told me that they did call out the doctor from the town 18 km away, but that he reckoned my mom was not due and set back to town. About five minutes later I decided to prove my mother right. No cell phones in those times: my father saw the dust of the doctor's car disappearing. Fortunately, my aunt Rietjie, a nursing professional, was visiting my grand-mother Anna who also lived on the farm. My dad ran to call her to support my mother. My aunt always told me later: "Ek was daar vanaf jou gepikte uur". Translated, it means something like: "I was there the hour when you hatched". Later in life I was privileged to be there for my aunt in turn during the last years of her life, when she moved into my house in a granny flat.

I have three children: Piet, Elize and Johan. Their father, Johan Delport, passed away in 1998.  

 This is where I currently live: a view over the Hottentotsholland mountains from the balcony of my house in Stellenberg, Durbanville/Bellville, Cape Town.