The people in this page all
carry Greeff genes. They are typical of the clan. Perhaps they are more
successful, more well known, luckier, harder working, better educated, more
eccentric, richer, more famous, whatever, but above all, they are typical of the
Please send photos of these people and further information about them to
1. Joshua Greeff
2. Rachelle Greeff
3. Caspar Greeff ( the Dentist)
4. Jack Greeff
5. Werner Greeff
6. Michael Greeff
7. Prof Jaco M Greeff
8. Professor Karl Richard Greeff
9. Jan Smuts
10. Marijke Greeff
11. Johan Greeff (MP, Speaker)
12. Phillipus & Martha Greeff
13. Melissa Greeff
14. Prof AP (Awie) Greeff
15. Annie Greeff
16. Caspar Greeff (BA LLB)
17. Prof Caspar Greeff
18. Francois Greef - Cricket
19. Francois Greeff - Author
Adriaan Greeff (1828 - 1884)
21. Stephanus Carel Greeff
22. Nonnie Greeff
23. Louie Greeff
Blanch Crabbe Greeff
25. Arnold Greeff
26. Dr Louis Greeff
27. Karen Zoid
28. Ockert Greeff
29. Dr Mynderd
30. Karen Greeff
New twist in Hlophe saga
13/10/2005 07:45 - (SA)
Carien du Plessis and
Philip de Bruin, Beeld
Cape Town - In the
latest twist in the allegations of racism against Cape judge president John
Hlophe, the Cape Bar filed a complaint against the judge on Wednesday.
In a sworn statement,
Advocate Dirk Uijs, SC, repeated the allegation that Hlophe called a junior
lawyer, Joshua Greeff, "a piece of white shit" who "does not deserve the walk
the corridors of the higher court", and said that Greeff should return to
The complaint was
referred to Chief Justice Pius Langa..... etc
2. Rachelle Greeff
Rachelle Nelia Greeff was born at Cape Town in 1957. She is an
accomplished and prolific professional writer who has won several awards. The
three links on this page take one to pages that fully describe this interesting
3. Caspar Greeff (the dentist)
"Dr Caspar Greeff, a
dentist in Kempton Park, got a couple of guys to knock off his wife Estelle
after he had taken out hefty insurance policies on her life. He then called in
Slang van Zyl, famous sleuth, to solve the murder. Slang found the finger
of suspicion pointed to Greeff himself."
Another article, from:
13 2000 at 08:03PM
A man on
Wednesday told the Pretoria High Court that prominent Kempton Park dentist Dr
Casper Greeff blackmailed him and threatened to cut off his penis after catching
him naked with his wife.
middle-aged man, who may not be identified in terms of an order granted by Judge
Johan Els, said he had an affair with Estelle Greeff for seven years before
being caught with his pants down in her bedroom by her husband.
Greeff, 52, and a Kempton Park gardener, Christopher Njeje, have both pleaded
not guilty to charges of murdering, kidnapping and robbing Mrs Greeff in
November last year.
as the witness was known, testified that he always met Mrs Greeff at a flat in
Pretoria, but visited her at her home in Kempton Park in February 1995 at her
him, but remained dressed in a nightdress and invited him to "take her to Sun
then jumped out of the cupboard armed with a revolver and a camera. Mr X saw a
flash going off. He also saw a tape recorder in the bedroom.
Greeff assaulted him, accused him and threatened him. He talked of money and
initially wanted R1 million, but later amended his claim to R100 000 in used
threatened to expose him if he failed to pay and he accepted that he would have
to buy himself out of the situation.
stage Greeff ordered his wife to get a knife from the kitchen, threatening to
cut off her lover's penis.
concluded that the couple had trapped him.
he paid the money in two instalments of R50 000 each to Greeff at a pre-arranged
place and time. Before he could pay the second instalment, Mrs Greeff phoned him
in his car and asked him to help her get rid of her husband.
later handed a tape recording of this conversation to Mr X.
for Greeff, Pierre Roux, said his client would testify that his wife had not
played a passive role in the whole debacle. She at one stage told Greeff she
still loved him and had initiated the incident "to prove her love to him".
Greeff used half of the blackmail money to pay off her debts for her shop, which
she named after Mr X. The rest was invested in her name.
detective Slang van Zyl, who was employed by Greeff to find his wife after her
disappearance, testified that he became suspicious about Greeff's lack of
emotion. He also failed to mention the name of his regular handyman and painter,
during their first conversation, Greeff told him that he had problems with his
marriage, like many other couples. But then added that he frequently in the past
wished that his wife would be kidnapped, hijacked and killed, but without him
colleague of Van Zyl traced Masango and arranged with the Brixton murder and
robbery unit to help him search Masango's house and to question him.
and Njeje, who were arrested six days after Mrs Greeff's disappearance,
eventually led the police and Van Zyl to the place where her body was found.
Police then arrested Greeff.
Inspector Stephanus van der Watt of the murder and robbery Unit said he had also
found Greeff's reactions strange.
his arrest and on hearing that his wife's body had been found, Greeff only asked
what she looked like, but never asked any questions about the circumstances of
Watt said Greeff insisted that he wanted to finish praying and reading his bible
when police arrived at his house to arrest him.
Njeje had confessed to him that he had slit Mrs Greeff's throat and also told
him that he did so "on behalf of the doctor".
trial continues. - Sapa
According to other newspaper articles, the murderers
entered Estelle's home, overpowered her, tied her hands and feet and then
strangled her to death. They put the body in the boot of her car and drove into
the bush at Cullinan to dump the body. When they opened the boot their victim
was found to be alive and had regained consciousness. They decided to cut her
throat with a pocket knife. During their attempts to do so Mrs Greeff pleaded
with them to hurry up because they were hurting her. One of them replied that
the problem was that the knife was too blunt and that he could not hurry up. It
was partly because of the premeditation of the murder and partly because of the
horror of the murder that the judges imposed the maximum penalty, life
4. Jack Greeff
(Born 1955. Author of A Greater
Share of Honour)
Greeff, born in the Free State town of Vrede, joined the SADF as a
boy soldier at the age of 16 and became the youngest member of the Permanent
Force to complete
the tough Part One Instructor's Course at the Infantry School at Oudtshoorn.
After five years service with 5-South African Infantry, both as an
instructor and as a platoon sergeant in the operational area, he passed
selection for the Recces and qualified as a combat operator. He served in
the Recces for 11 years and was the recipient of the Golden Operator's Badge
for 10 or more years as a combat operator in Special Forces. He became one
of the most decorated soldiers in the SADF - all awarded for achievements
and bravery during special operations. This included a well-deserved
Honoris Crux. After rising to the rank of major he resigned to pursue a
career as a game ranger. He has since successfully directed anti-poaching
operations, firstly in South Africa's world-renowned Kruger National Park
and later elsewhere in Africa.
5. Werner Greeff
Werner Willem Greeff, Born 14 July 1977, Bellville, SA.
An article from the internet:
Greeff, who will make his return to first class rugby when he plays at inside
centre for WP against Griquas in a Currie Cup match at Newlands on Saturday, had
just spent the past seven months on the sideline - following neck surgery in
March this year.
It is exactly the same vertebrae fusion surgery
that Bok flank Schalk Burger underwent in June, following his neck injury.
The only difference is that Greeff had vertebrae
four and five in his neck fused, while Burger was numbers six and seven.
For the 29-year-old Greeff, a 12-test Bok, the
risk of playing is higher than it would be for Burger, because his (Greeff's)
injury is higher up in the neck - while Burger's surgery was virtually between
the shoulder blades, where there is more support.
Greeff admits that his next game could literally
be his last, as the prospect of another neck injury and further surgery is
hovering like the proverbial dark cloud.
"There will always be doubt in the back of your
mind," Greeff said, speaking ahead of his first Currie Cup game of the year.
"It is good news in the sense you can play, but
you have limited time ... I could face the same surgery. The fact is after every
fusion [surgery] your movements are restricted even more.
"The next time [surgery] it is definitely over for
"As it is, my doctor told me my sixth and seventh
[vertebrae] are already damaged and they are going as well. For me it is just
one day at a time.
"If I decide tomorrow my neck doesn't feel right,
it won't be worth carrying on. I don't want to be a quadriplegic for the rest of
my life. For me it [rugby] is not about a career anymore, because I have
achieved everything I wanted to.
"I'm happy with how my career panned out, happy
with what I achieved. I will take it one day at a time while I enjoy it and as
long as my neck doesn't give me any pain or trouble."
Greeff has certainly had his share of injury
setbacks in his life - ankle syndesmosis that ruled him out for six months in
2003 (he returned just in time to go to the World Cup), a groin injury that
ruled him out for six months in 1999, a double hernia and lots of other less
serious setbacks that ruled out for up to six weeks at a time (shoulder, ankle
and knee injuries).
But he says he never gets frustrated on the
"No, I don't watch a lot of rugby [when I'm
injured]," he said.
"I play so much, that I enjoy my rest. If you get
injuries you must just switch off so you can start fresh. That is how I've taken
every injury and I start from scratch. It doesn't bother me to sit on the
So what does Werner Greeff hope to get out of his
limited time in rugby?
"Just to enjoy it," he said. "The [WP] team is
doing well, the young guys are doing well and I enjoy playing with the
youngsters. It's only for the enjoyment. That is why I say, if I no longer enjoy
it or there is any pain in the neck, then I'll be stupid to continue playing. I
won't cripple myself for the rest of my life."
Greeff added that he has no unfinished goals. He
has played in a Currie Cup Final, in a World Cup. played for the Barbarians,
Tri-Nations and Super 12/14.
One of his last remaining goals were to have
played for Victorians (or Vics), the Stellenbosch University second XV. Having
played for Maties (Stellenbosch First XV) since 1999, he always admired the
attractive running rugby Vics had played over the years.
Last Tuesday he was asked by Vics to help them out
in a club game against the University of Cape Town (UCT).
"I could have sat [for WP] on the bench against
the Lions, but decided to play for Vics, because I got more game time ... 65
minutes. I enjoy the rugby they play," he said.
The sturdy utility back - who has regularly
shifted between fullback, centre and fly-half - played the first of his 12 tests
against Argentina in Springs in 2002. His last game for the Boks was against
Georgia at the 2003 World Cup, in Sydney.
But the crowning moment of his career was the
match-winning try and conversion he scored against Australia in a Tri-Nations
game at Ellis Park in 2002 - to give the Boks a 33-31 win over the Wallabies.
By Jan de
Picture credit: http://www.genslin.us/bokke/SARugby.html
29/06/02 v Argentina (R) (Springs) W 49-29
06/07/02 v Samoa (Pretoria) W 60-18
20/07/02 v New Zealand (Wellington) L 41-20 (TN)
27/07/02 v Australia (Brisbane) L 38-27 (TN)
10/08/02 v New Zealand (Durban) L 30-23 (TN)
17/08/02 v Australia (Jo'burg) W 33-31 (TN)
09/11/02 v France (Marseilles) L 30-10
16/11/02 v Scotland (Murrayfield) L 21-6
23/11/02 v England (Twickenham) L 53-3
11/10/03 v Uruguay (Perth) W 72-6 (World Cup)
18/10/03 v England (R) (Perth) L 25-6 (World Cup)
24/10/03 v Georgia (Sydney) W 46-19 (World Cup)
Career Record: P12, W5, L7
(R) = Replacement
6. Michael Greeff
Greeff was born 22 February 1982 and played international cricket for the
Namibia under nineteen team.
7. Prof Jaco M Greeff
is Associate Professor at the Department of Genetics, University of Pretoria. He
describes himself uniquely on his web page,
http://www.up.ac.za/academic/genetics/staff/Greeff/, both in word and
He describes his research interests: "I am interested in a number of
topics in evolutionary biology: reproductive strategies, kin selection,
cooperative breeding and sex allocation. My other fascination is with fig wasps
and trees. They are just phenomenal, offering many cases where mating strategies
causes competition or cooperation between kin, thus combining my research
interests. My major research efforts have been to combine theories from these
sub disciplines. For example: 1) It is common for male dimorphisms in fig wasps,
with one male type mating locally (competing with kin), and the other
dispersing. When a female oviposits she needs to take these mating strategies of
males into account. 2) Cape honeybee (Apis mellifera capensis) workers are
unique in that they reproduce through thelytoky, which for practical purposes is
like cloning yourself. As a result, conflicts in these colonies are much more
elevated than in other honeybees, especially when the queen dies: then workers'
strategies range from mimicking the queen to killing sisters. 3) In the Mashona
mole-rat inbreeding depression is extreme. With colony members being confined to
their burrow system, this means that a strong reproductive skew can exist solely
through avoiding the detrimental effects of close inbreeding."
8. Professor Karl
(1862 - 1938, Wuppertal-Elberfeld, Germany)
- Ophthalmologist who studied optical
- Collected ophthalmic antiques
- Claimed that George Adams of Fleet
Street, London invented the lorgnette, 1780
- Staged a large public exhibition in
Heidelberg in 1913
- Founder, editor of “Zeitschrift fur
- Lehrbuch der Formen und Fassungen
der Augengläser, 1925
- Die Historische Entwickelung der
- Aus der Geschichte der Brille,
- Der Augenoptikerlehrling
- Patron of the Zeiss Museum at Jena,
- Co-editor of the “Archiv für
- Was a major presenter at the
International Ophthalmologic Congress, Amsterdam 1929
9. Jan Smuts
Matthijs Greeff and
Susanna Claasen had a son,
Hendrik Greeff, who had a daughter,
Jacoba Greeff, who married Johannes Augustus Dreyer and had a daughter,
Susanna Martha Dreyer, who married Izaak de Vlamingh and had a daughter,
Maria Jacoba de Vlamingh, who married Jacobus Abraham van Aarde and had a
Adriana Martha van Aarde, who married Michiel Smuts and had a son,
Jacobus Abraham Smuts, who had a son,
Jan Christiaan Smuts, Field Marshal, Chancellor, Botanist, Soldier, Statesman.
10. Marijke Greeff
Marijke Greeff is op 1 Julie 1970 in Middelburg-Kaap gebore, maar sy het op
Bothaville in die Vrystaat grootgeword en gematrikuleer. Ná skool studeer sy
biblioteekkunde aan die Potchefstroomse Universiteit en ná sy haar graad voltooi
het, begin sy by die streeksbiblioteek op De Aar werk. Hier ontmoet sy haar man,
Francois, en dit is ook hier waar haar enigste seun, Ruan, gebore word.
Ná ses jaar op De Aar verhuis haar gesin na Bothaville,
Kimberley en uiteindelik na Potchefstroom waar sy op die oomblik voltyds by
Aardklop Nasionale Kunstefees werk en deeltyds skryf.
Marijke het na sy weg is uit die biblioteekberoep, die
boekewêreld so gemis dat sy besluit het om te begin skryf. Haar eerste pogings
is enkele kortverhale vir die skryfwedstryd wat die Bloemfonteinse
Skrywersvereniging jaarliks aanbied en in Augustus 2002 publiseer sy haar eerste
liefdesroman by Lapa-uitgewers.
Marijke beskou haarself as ’n ongeneeslike romantikus en is
mal oor boeke en lees. Sy skryf omdat sy nie anders kan nie – sy het nou begin
en sal nooit weer kan ophou nie. Aangesien die Noord-Kaap haar hart gesteel het
en sy mal is oor die winterkoue van die Karoo, is haar lewensideaal om terug te
trek De Aar toe, waar sy voltyds kan skryf in ’n huis met ’n groot kaggel.
Marijke Greeff se boeke sluit, oa, in:
Eenkeer in 'n Leeftyd
Vinkel en Koljander
Na Höer Hoogtes
Vry om Lief te Hê
11. Johan Greeff
Johan Greeff was Member of Parliament from 14 Feb 1983 to 31 Dec 1986. He was
Speaker of the House from 1984 to 1986. His former wife and her new husband were
Man voor oor 2 Parow-moorde
BELLVILLE. 'n Man van Elsiesrivier wat aangehou word in verband met die
onlangse moord op die gewese vrou van 'n voormalige Speaker van die Parlement en
haar man van Parow-Noord, het gister weer vlugtig hier in die landdroshof
verskyn, berig ons Tygerbergse redaksie. Mnr. Jacobus Arendolf (31), van
Leicesterhof 2, Elsiesrivier, se verskyning spruit uit die dood van mnr. Jan
Cilliers (74) en sy vrou, Rea (73), van Roy Campbellsingel, Parow, in Mei
vanjaar. Die egpaar se lyke is in hul huis aangetref nadat hulle wreed aangerand
en vermoor is. Mev. Cilliers was vroeër die vrou van mnr. Johan Greeff, 'n
voormalige Speaker. Mnr. Arendolf is nie gevra om te pleit nie. Landdros J.D.
Kotzé het die saak tot môre uitgestel. Mnr. Arendolf word aangehou nadat die
staat vroeër sy aansoek om borgtog teengestaan het. Mnr. A. Brits verskyn vir
die staat. Mnr. Arendolf behartig sy eie verdediging.
12. Phillipus & Martha
Farm killers each get life plus
GRAHAMSTOWN -- In a stern
warning to criminals who prey on farmers and old people, the high court here
yesterday sentenced two young men to life plus 15 years' jail for the murder of
an elderly and frail Hanover farming couple.
This is one of the heaviest
sentences for farm murders in Eastern Cape legal history.
Judge Joss Jones gave
William van Heerden, 38, two life sentences for the murder of Mr Philippus
Greeff, 75, and his wife Martha, 71, as well as a 15-year sentence for robbery.
He sentenced Flippie Booysen,
24, to life imprisonment for the murder of Mr Greeff, 18 months for assaulting
Mrs Greeff and 15 years for robbery.
The killers will spend the
rest of their natural lives in prison. -- ECN
13. Melissa Greeff
Melissa Greeff, 2006 South African
Women's Open Chess Champion (Aged 11 years 11 months and 17 days), rated 1668. She took the title again in 2007.
Melissa Greeff was born in 1994. In 2009 she held the title "Woman international Master" with an ELO rating of 2034. During the years 2003 to 2008 she had 30 wins (50%), 7 draws (12%), and 23 losses (38%). Recorded games by Melissa:
14. Prof Awie Greeff
A P Greeff, MSc (Voorligtingsielk), PhD (Stell), BEd (UNISA), is professor van
gesinsielkunde, Dept Sielkunde, Universiteit Stellenbosch.
15. Annie Greeff
Greeff started her career as a teacher, but also gained experience in various
other fields. In 1996 she became a Training and Development Consultant and has
since developed and presented extensive ranges of Emotional Intelligence and
Resilience or Wellness training programmes, facilitated group processes and
offered life coaching for executives in various corporate companies. She is the
author of Resilience (Vol 1 & 2).
16. Caspar Greeff (BA LLB)
Caspar Greeff was born on 8 July 1902. He studied law, became a magistrate, and
later rose to become Secretary for Justice in Vorster's government. He was, at
different times, also Head of the Diamond Commission and Head of the Housing
Source: Verbal account from his
niece, Amy Greeff (born 1926).
17. Prof Caspar Greeff
Professor Casparus Johannes Boyd Greeff was born at
Cape Town on 13 February 1935.
has been running for 37 years. He has completed 50
races of 50 miles and over and at least 120 races of over 50 km. He completed his 33rd Comrades Marathon in 9
hours 50 minutes on 16 June 2006, aged 71 years. He
has run 33 Comrades, 11 Karoo marathons (50
miles), three 100-milers (two of these, ultra boringly, around the track in a
sports stadium, round and round a 400m track 400 times), 2 London to Brighton
races and one 100-km race. He has also run 23 Two-Oceans (56 km) and 17 Korkies (56
km). He has run the Voet of Africa race 9 times.
He has also run a whole marathon completely
underground, in the gold mines of the Witwatersrand, where the underground
tunnels extend for hundreds of miles. Ordinary marathons are not something that
Caspar trains for - he uses ordinary marathons as training for the ultras! By
August 2006, he had run a marathon every week of the year, with exceptions only
when there was no marathon on the calendar, or when injury prevented it.
A summary of some of the major races:
Number of times run
East London to Port Alfred
160 km, 100 miles
Hector Norris Park
160 km, 100 miles
London to Brighton
City to City
Voet of Africa
brief professional CV for Prof Greeff may be viewed at:
Greef - Cricket
details for Francois Greef
leagues that the player has represented:
Southern Free State
details for Francois Greef in matches played 1 Jan 2000 - 12 Nov 2006
c = caught
c & b = caught and bowled
c wk = caught by wicketkeeper
st = stumped
RO = run out
Greeff - Author
Francois Greeff was born at Klerksdorp on 19 May 1959 and
lived the first twelve years of his life in the Great Karoo, at
he learned to speak fluent Afrikaans. His high school years were spent at
Worcester High School, at Worcester in the Boland, surrounded by picturesque
mountains on all sides. His classmates influenced his development greatly, and
out of forty pupils there were several whose parents had come from England,
France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary, and Lithuania. All these
children were fluent in their parents' tongue and there were also more than a
half a dozen Jewish kids who spoke Yiddish! The cosmopolitan influence this had
on him lasted the rest of his life and always kept him tolerant of the
difference in other people. During the South African Border War Francois served
as a Paramedic in the South African Air Force for two and a half years. In this
time he buried one of his best friends, a chopper pilot, who died when his
helicopter was shot down over Mocambique.
By the time Francois was twenty five years old he had had
twenty five different jobs, mainly due to the fact that neither he nor his
employers knew that he had Bipolar Affective Disorder. In order to survive
financially Francois turned to Self Employment as a strategy for survival. He
opened an a la carte Restaurant on the Main Road of Seapoint around 1980.
Six years later he migrated to Johannesburg (via Richard's Bay, where he
delivered his first child, Belinda, at home, himself). In Johannesburg he set up
business as an antiques dealer. He flourished and bought a house in Cape Town
and a building containing two flats in Johannesburg. In this building his son
was born, and again, he delivered the child himself, at home. In memory of the
birth of his son he named the building at 14 Isipingo Street "Monument House",
so that it might forever stand there as a monument to the birth of his son on
leap years day, 1988. Two years later his second daughter, Maria, was born in
Johannesburg General Hospital with severe hydrocephalus and died four days
later. This, and further consequent personal disaster saw him leave the
Witwatersrand and settle in Stellenbosch, near Cape Town. At Stellenbosch he set
up business as a builder and property developer. Again, he flourished and
invested in land and buildings, becoming a landlord once again. Eight years
later, in 1999, he left South Africa to live in London, UK.
Francois wrote a book,
The Hidden Code of Cryptic
Crosswords, that explains how cryptic crosswords work. The book was
published in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA, Canada, Europe and Great
Britain. He started writing it while he lived in Nelmapius Street, Stellenbosch,
and finished it on the computers that are provided for homeless people at
London's Day Centres, while sleeping in the rain on the pavements of London. He
became homeless mainly because of being a disabled person, disabled by a severe
and enduring mental illness, Bipolar Disorder.
For several years
prior to being homeless he was also unable to care for himself and his Uncle
Caspar looked after him, fed him and housed him. Such is disability, and mental
illness. Today he still lives with a full time carer who is also his
partner. She comes from Athens in Greece and they hope to be married soon. He
has been a member of Mensa, the high IQ society, for about a quarter of a
century, and it is probable that no other member of Mensa has ever been
He has had severely advanced Cancer throughout his
whole body (Diffuse large B cell Lymphoma affecting the right testicle, retroperitoneum, lungs and suprclavicular fossa, diagnosed at stage IVB.). The
oncologists told him in September 2005 that he'd be dead by Christmas, but it
turned out that they were wrong about which Christmas! He was completely cured
of this severely advanced cancer, but a year later lightning struck in the same
place and he was diagnosed with cancer again.
He has been expelled from university, but he went to the
ombudsman who told them to take him back, because they had wrongfully expelled
him. He is currently (2006/2007) still involved in a lawsuit against Kingston
University as a consequence of this expulsion. He once used to own a house and a
business in Stellenbosch and he has studied at Stellenbosch University, Pretoria
University, Wits Technikon, Damelin College, Hammersmith University (London),
Westminster University (London), London Guildhall University (Night school,
where he won a prize for the best paper, in a global exam - while homeless and
sleeping in the rain) and Kingston University, who expelled him.
He has been a member of Worcester Yacht Club and
Theewaterskloof Yacht Club where he often camped for weekends. He kept a boat
there and did a great deal of sailing. His love of outdoor camping took him to
many interesting places, including Kruger National Park, the legendary Groot
Marico of Herman Charles Bosman (which turned out to be a tiny, dusty village
without side streets, nor any monument to Bosman at all), Mafikeng, and back to
the place of his birth, Klerksdorp. He is an avid portrait photographer and
develops his own black and white photos at home. He and his first wife
researched the genealogy of the entire Kempen Clan in South Africa. He has also
researched his children's ancestors and put the result on the internet at
www.Greeff.info. At this web address he
manages the genealogical website of the entire Greeff Clan in South Africa.
He now lives in London where he runs a small charity for
disabled people who are homeless,
www.Good4You.org.uk. More than half of all homeless people in
London are also disabled. Disability is still the prime cause of homelessness,
just as it used to be in the days when the blind begged on the streets.
Hendrik Adriaan Greeff (1828 - 1884)Many, many years ago, on the
farm Lichtenburg in the area of Durbanville near Cape Town, Hendrik Adriaan
Greeff was born.
Later he was an apprentice to a certain De Vos in Worcester in the wagon
making industry, but in his heart he yearned for a more adventurous life.
At the age of nineteen he moved to the north with other families on their way
to the hunting-fields. A full Vaal River brought their trek to a standstill, but
the resourceful young Greeff quickly compiled a working team and started
constructing the first ferry over the Vaal River, close to where Bloemhof is
situated today. After more than a year, the ferry was completed, but business
was good as many hunting parties and other trekkers made use of his services.
This ferry life soon bored him and he sold his "business" for £500, a fortune
at that stage. He bought a wagon and oxen and decided to dare to undertake his
own hunting expedition on the other side of the Vaal River.
The interior however, was untamed and full of surprises and after encounters
with hostile tribes in the hunting-fields, he lost all his possessions and
returned to the Cape Colony with only his horse, his servant and £50 in his
On his way back to his family in Tulbagh and Durbanville, he stayed over in
Hopetown where he met and married Susanna Maria Redelinghuys in 1855. Their
firstborn (the first of fourteen children!), Jacoba Elizabeth, nicknamed Nonnie,
was born in Tulbagh. Later Nonnie would become the wife of the famous Boer
General and "Lion of the West-Transvaal", Koos de la Rey.
Sannie and Hendrik Greeff
with 5 of their children, 1875
Doornfontein, 4 678 morgen in size, was a choice farm with strong fountains
and a beautiful marshland that separated it from the other neighbouring farm,
Kaalplaats. Here was enough and proper trees for firewood, and also excellent
agricultural land and grazing-land.
More and more farms in the area got "bywoners" (sub-farmers), like the
families of Abram Swanepoel, Abram de Villiers, Karel Weyer, Hans de Beer, the
Van den Berghs, Krugers, Ludicks, Oosthuizens, Redelinghuyse, Pretorius',
Steinmans, Sneyders' and Viljoens.
Greeff used this farm as his base, farmed in summer and hunted in winter.
During the hunting expeditions, his wife Sannie collected ostrich feathers. When
he came home, she washed, plumed and sold the feathers. With the money she
collected in this manner, she bought the adjoining farm Kaalplaats.
Answer to prayer
On his way back home from the direction of Marico after a hunting expedition
in 1862, they got lost. It was a very dry year and their water ran short. Greeff
did not yet know the area well and couldn't find water. The children, four of
them at that stage, started crying about the thirst they did not understand.
Greeff halted and walked into the veld in the hope of finding a pan or
something. He saw a number of trees in a dale and decided to go on his knees and
ask the Higher Hand for relief. In his prayer Greeff promised that if he found
water, he would return on his fiftieth birthday to the same place to express his
gratitude. He then heard a voice: "Look in that tree. There is water", but he
thought he was hallucinating and wanted to move on. Again he heard the voice:
"Look in that tree. There is water".
He looked at the trees in the dale and saw a large Camdeboo (white stinkwood)
between the others and went closer. Breast-high the trunk forked and amazingly,
there was delicious, cool water in the hollow that formed - enough for their
immediate need. His prayer was answered.
Sixteen years later Greeff and his whole family returned to this place for a
Thanksgiving service, a tradition that is still preserved today. Many of
Greeff's descendants still assemble here on their fiftieth birthdays to have a
Thanksgiving service. At this place, approximately 10km north of Lichtenburg on
the Manana Road, the Greeff Monument was erected.
After this experience Greeff concentrated more on farming and hunted less.
We want a Town
Potchefstroom was the closest trading centre and approximately 150 km or "14
uur rijdens te paarde" away. A need for a town with a church and shops became
stronger and Greeff and the Boers in the area saw Doornfontein with its abundant
water, firewood and building material as the designated place.
Erven was surveyed and an irrigation ditch from the fountain for "natte erven"
was laid on and the first new settlers moved in. In 1865 the first application
for town establishment was addressed to the House of Assembly, signed by 132
males in the area, and they started compiling a number of town regulations.
Greeff wanted to name the town Lichtenburg, a name that he carried from his
birth and because he wanted it to be a town whose light would shine over the
area, not just with regard to hospitality and prosperity, but also in respect of
In 1868 the name "Lichtenberg", (a mistake still commonly made) appeared on
the official map of the SAR, but the House of Assembly did not react yet. The
men met again to discuss the town regulations and to obtain an appeal on speedy
proclamation from the House of Assembly. The well-known Voortrekker savant, JG
Bantjes, also established himself in Lichtenburg and signed the regulation as
Eventually Lichtenburg was officially proclaimed as town in mid-winter on 25
July 1873 by Pres. TF Burgers.
Since then many interesting events took place, such as Greeff's son-in-law,
Jacobus Herculaas de la Rey who established himself here, the Anglo Boer War,
the Rebellion, the incredible rich diamond diggings which had the world market
close to a collapse, the success on agricultural area, the burning
marshlands...Everything contributed to realise the dreams and ideals of
Commandant Hendrik Adriaan Greeff (1828 - 1884) for Lichtenburg to still be a
beautiful, growing town with its light shining over this area - really the pride
Source: Lichtenburg 1865 - 1985 AD Bosman, quoted on http://home.intekom.com/lichtenburg/stig-e.htm
Books that mention HA Greeff:
21. Stephanus Carel Greeff
Stephanus Carel Greeff, founder of the town Laingsburg, was born on 26 Sep
1825 and died on 2 Sep 1893. He married twice, first to Johanna
Theron and then to Martha Maria Botma.
first established Laingsburg in the 1870s. He bought
the farm Vischkuil-aan-de-Buffelsrivier (fishing hole on
the Buffalo River). The town only started developing when the
railway line to it was completed. It was first named
Buffelsrivier but this was later changed first to Nassau
and finally to Laingsburg, after John Laing who was Commissioner
of Crown Lands at the time. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laingsburg,_Western_Cape)
The following from the book "DRIEKWARTEEUFEES-GEDENKBOEK
NED.GEREF.KERK LAINGSBURG 1882-1957."
p4.....Mnr S.C. Greeff koop toe die plaas "Vischkuil aan de Buffelsrivier",
groot 11,345 morge vir 800 pond, met die oog op die uitlê van 'n dorp.
.........Uit die aantal hout-en sinkhuisies by die spoorweghalte "Baffalo
River" het ongemerk die dorpie NASSAU gegroei.*1
.........Op uitnodiging van Mnre S.C.Greeff en Ryk Meiring kom Mnr T.Laing,
kommissaris van Kroongronde, hierheen. Deur sy toedoen is die servituut toe
sodanig gewysig dat 'n pad van 150 voet 'n deurtog deur die dorpaan die
trekboere sou verseker. Om sy naam te verewig, is die dorpie toe vvernoem na
"Laings Town", later Laingsburg*2
*1 Aangesien verwarring met "Baffalo River", Oos Londen, voorkom, vind die
*2 Die naamsverandering is deur mnr. Laing aan die hand gedoen omdat die
boere "Laings Town" "Linkstoon" uitgespreek het.
22. Nonnie Greeff
was born Jacoba Elizabeth Greeff in 1856. Her father was Hendrik Adriaan Greeff,
founder of Lichtenburg, and her husband was General Koos de la Rey (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGh4lA1S7yc). Her brother,
if I am not mistaken, was G.J. Greeff who was awarded the Decoratie voor
Getrouwe Dienst 1899 - 1902. Nonnie is not a remarkable woman because of the
people who surrounded her, she is a remarkable woman in her own right.
Zelda Rowan is
to be commended for the excellent study she has done into the life and times of
one of the greatest women in both the Greeff clan and the history of South
Africa. If you know how to contact Zelda Rowan please ask her to contact me by
email at GoodGreeff@Greeff.info. Read her dissertation by clicking on the link:
Zelda. 2003. Nonnie de la Rey 1856-1923. Master's Dissertation at the
department of Historical and Heritage Studies at the University of Pretoria
23 Louie Greeff
Source: Scope Magazine, March 25, 1966; quoted on
The first thing that Louie
Greeff said to me when we first spoke to each other was that the idiot who wrote
the article (below) did not spell his name right.
His name is Louie Greeff. He was born on 28 September 1951, and ended up in an
orphanage by the time he was six. He has two brothers, Johan Martin Greeff and
Andre Greeff. His father was Jacob, Jacobus Greeff, as was his grandfather. His
mother was Gertrude S C Smith, the daughter of John Martin Smith.
Louie did swim down the Zambezi and his story is on his web site. Visit
Louie's web site at
This article about a man
attempting to swim the length of the Zambezi river appeared on the
www.telegraph.co.uk website. It is reprinted in it's entirety below, with
acknowledgements to the author, Inigo Gilmore in Johannesburg:
A 48-YEAR-OLD South African
adventurer is planning to swim the length of the 1,700-mile Zambezi river,
braving crocodiles, hippos, treacherous whirlpools and sharks in an attempt to
enter the record books.
Greef embarks on his
quest this week, two years after he dreamt up the challenge. Although he has no
pedigree as a swimmer, Mr
Greef, who stands 6ft 4in tall, insists that he has the willpower to
conquer one of the world's most dangerous rivers.
He said: "I have survived
nine African jails and nine attempted car hijackings, so this is not so
worrying. The crocodiles are obviously something to watch out for, but I am more
worried about the sharks and the hippos. I'll have to keep an eye on the
whirlpools too because they can suck you under and some are big enough to
swallow boats whole. One went down a whirlpool in the Zambezi just two weeks
ago, killing the guy on board."
journey begins at the source of the Zambezi, deep in the Zambian bush. The river
then meanders through Zambia, before weaving its way into Angola, Namibia,
Botswana, Zimbabwe and into Mozambique, flowing out into the Indian Ocean. Two
legs of the swim will be particularly hazardous: a 250-mile stretch through
war-torn Angola and the treacherous lower Zambezi.
According to Mr
Greef, there are
14,000 crocodiles in the lower Zambezi plus thousands of hippos. He will reach
speeds above 30 miles an hour in the faster flowing currents and will be
accompanied by sharks that swim more than 200 miles upstream from the Mozambican
coast in search of food. The Angolan section of the trip is also challenging -
fishermen on the river have recently been attacked and killed by Unita rebels
who control the area.
Greef, who once
survived 49 days in an Angolan jail after being accused of illegal trading, is
not unduly alarmed. He said: "When I was arrested and thrown into an underground
jail with 18 Angolans only nine of us came out alive. We were stripped naked and
shoved into cells. The others died of dehydration and various illnesses. I
pulled through by placing myself into a 'mental yoga', where you put mind over
body, and that is what I will do on the Zambezi."
Greef has been jailed
nine times in several African countries. He was jailed in Uganda for running
over and killing a drunken man, in South Africa for possession of too many
passports, and twice in the Central African Republic - first for running over a
chicken belonging to the head of immigration and later for running over a man
who "walked into his car".
He was also incarcerated in
Namibia on diamond smuggling charges, in Morocco accused of spying for the
United States and in Botswana he was charged with spying for South Africa. He
also saw the inside of a Zambian jail after being accused of harbouring
political dissidents. Along the way he has escaped nine attempted hijackings of
his vehicles in different parts of Africa, most memorably in Uganda where an
armed man pushed a gun in his face and demanded the car, only to back off when
Greef says he has
long been driven by wanderlust. For 15 months he lived and hunted, using a bow
and arrow, with the bushmen in the Kalahari desert and has trekked through some
of the remotest corners of Africa. He had wanted to swim the Amazon but was
beaten to it by another explorer. He believes that the Zambezi is a worthy
substitute. He said: "This has never been attempted and probably no one will
ever try again. For me, life is about the next event, what is going to happen
and how I can survive it within a hair's breadth, knowing I was close to dying.
Looking ahead to the Zambezi, the hippos scare me the most because they attack
boats and canoes and most fatalities in Africa are caused by them.
"There is an old trick where
you can throw pieces of clothing at hippos to scare them off so I will carry
plenty of old T-shirts with me. As for the Zambezi sharks, I have no answers to
that so I'll just have to take it as it comes. The funny thing is I am not a
natural swimmer, in fact I hate swimming, but this is part of the challenge."
Greef will be
accompanied by a photographer and a film crew in a four-wheel drive vehicle to
record his adventure. He is paying for the trip out of his own pocket, hoping to
establish himself internationally as an intrepid explorer. He said: "If I do
this one then I've got seven other feats that are just as crazy."
George W Crabb and Sarah Geary begat
John N Crabb who married Jeanne B P Rosseau de la Gautraie and begat
Edward Luis Crabb
who married Sarah Georgiana
Crabb family originated from Cuba and Marguerite's father, Edward Crabb, was a
sugar refiner. Marguerite who was born on 1 Mar 1876 in New York.
She married John Gerhard William
Greeff on 26 Jun 1901.
Marguerite Blanch Crabbe died in 1961 at Great Neck, NY, USA.
Marguerite also went by the name of Daisy. She appeared on the
1880 at Great Neck, Queens Co, NY, USA; aged 3. As of 26 Jun 1901, her
married name was Greeff. The
Crabbe Greeff Preserve, a nature reserve on Long Island, was named after
25. Arnold Greeff
Droogmaker van die Jaar! (2003/4)
26. Dr Louis Greeff
Dr Louis Greeff by die blesbok van Pieter en Miempie Vorster wat onlangs sy
nuuskierigheid vir die tuinslang nie kon bedwing nie. Pieter sê dat hy en
Miempie die een oggend by hulle plot op Kwaggasvlakte aangekom het en Miempie
het bemerk dat die tuinslang nie meer aan die kraan was nie, dit was ook nêrens
te sien nie. Toe hulle mooi kyk sien hulle ook net twee van die drie mak
blesbokke wat hulle op die plot aanhou. Diefstal was die eerste gedagte wat deur
hulle gedagtes geflits het, maar na 'n bietjie gesoek het hulle op die
blesbokram afgekom met die tuinslang om sy horings en lyf gewoel. Die twee ooie
was maar skrikkerig vir hierdie nuwe gedaante van hulle ram en wou glad nie naby
hom kom nie. Dr Louis is uitgeroep en nadat hy die bok verdoof het, kon die
tuinslang losgewikkel word. Mens kan glo dit is dalk die laaste keer dat die
blesbok met 'n tuinslang in 'n stryd gewikkel gaan raak.
27. Karen Zoid
Karen Zoid (born
Karen Louise Greeff in Belgium, daughter of a South African diplomat) is a South African rock artist, vocalist and
guitarist. In 2005 she married Don Reinecke and on 29 January 2007
the couple had a son, Ben.
Visit Karen's web site at:
Also see Who's Who of SA:
28. Ockert Greeff
Die Brixton Moord en Roof Orkes maak
Afrikaanse rock musiek. Op die oomblik bestaan die band uit
Drikus (Brixton) Barnard
(op baskitaar), Ockert (Moord)
Greeff (op tromme en brandewyn),
Andries (Roof) Bezuidenhout
(lead vocals en kitaar) en
Kapelaan Pat Plank (kitaar). Hulle musiek handel oor alledaagse onderwerpe
soos drank, dwelms, misdaad, road rage, oorlog, en hulle het selfs 'n love song.
Mynderd Jacobus Greeff
10 Dec 1954. Graduates MB ChB
Visit his son's web site at:
Mynderd Jacobus Greeff was born on 19 January 1921. He saw
active service during WW II and studied Medicine after the war, graduating in
1954. To read his story, as told by his son, also Mynderd Jacobus Greeff, click
on the link:
My Father's Story: A Soldier's Biography
30. Karen Greeff
Karen cycles for charity the peri-peri way
Platinum. Platinum Brief. June 2007. A digital newsletter for the
Platinum management accountant Karen Brough did her bit for charity recently
when she completed the gruelling 1,300km Peri-Peri Cycle Tour in aid of Future
Forward in April.
Future Forward is an organisation dedicated to helping disadvantaged youngsters
to find their footing in society having left the care of shelters after reaching
the age of 18. The cycle tour is an annual fund-raising exercise to support the
venture, and this year raised in excess of R200,000 that will benefit its many
young beneficiaries. Karen, a keen all-round sportswoman and cyclist, heard
about the event from a friend and immediately set about organising sponsorship
to secure not only her entry into the tour but muchneeded funds for the charity.
She was able to drum up more than R70,000, with R50,000 coming from Anglo
Platinum’s corporate office, directors and colleagues, and R10,000 from Anglo
Coal. Additional funds were contributed by two Mondi employees, as well as
friends, relatives and acquaintances. Anglo Platinum and Anglo Coal also
provided team members with branded T-shirts and tog bags, as well as magnetised
signage for support vehicles. Karen’s participation in the tour is quite
remarkable as only a matter of weeks before the event, she had been recovering
from injuries sustained in the Argus Cycle Tour where she was involved in a
25-bike pile-up. However, following the tradition of a sporting family with
boundless tenacity, She reported fit for the start at Eastgate Shopping Centre
in Johannesburg. Her father is a veteran of 32 Comrades Marathons and she as,
incidentally, backpacked the Himalayas and reached the summit of Mount
Kilimanjaro. The tour was broken into nine daily stages, heading as far north as
Mokopane (Potgietersrus) before sweeping down to Nelspruit, then east to
Komatipoort and the final destination – Maputo. Karen describes the route as
very beautiful, but extremely difficult at times. Lest anyone suggest that this
trip was a bit of a holiday, just note that a stage the riders regarded as a
rest day was still an arduous 125km. Safe arrival at Maputo was celebrated with
a major prawn extravaganza, hence the reference to peri-peri in the tour’s name.
And why not? The group had raised R200,000 between the 19 of them for Future
Forward, including Karen’s impressive group sponsorship . She views the tour as
a marvellous experience and is profoundly grateful to her sponsors who made it
possible for her to participate and make her contribution to the cause. She
already has her sights set on next year’s event and is training hard to make
sure she’ll be there.
Johannes Christoffel Greeff
Greeff represented South Africa at weightlifting in the 75 kg Middleweight
Division at the 1956 Olympics at Melbourne Australia. He was placed tenth in his division on 24 Nov 1956, with
total points of 365,0. He shared this point count with the athlete who was