Cultural Links


This very active cultural society is special to us in Caledon Villa. The reasons?

[a] Ode – a Huguenot descendant through the family Naudé – has been involved as member on the Council of the Society as well as being the Editor of its annual Bulletin. In 1988 the commemoration of the arrival of the Huguenots took place and for this occasion a booklet was published with the title The Huguenots 1688 – 1988 by Ode Krige. She was also responsible for collaborating with the SA composer Hubert du Plessis in writing the libretto for the Huguenot Cantata.

[b] Johan – as the keen genealogist – is well aware that his first four maternal ancestors were all of Huguenot descent: three De Villiers’ and one Joubert.

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Almost all our grandchildren were baptized in the Dutch Reformed Church of Stellenbosch – as the tenth consecutive generation of our family to be members of this specific congregation. That we feel deeply involved and part of Moederkerk, stems from this historical link, equally from our religious convictions in the Christian Faith. This inspires us to participate in some of the many activities which are the visible manifestation of an expanding congregation.

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Caledon Villa is a member of this Association mainly because we support efforts to strengthen the co-operation between the Netherlands and South Africa. Even more so when it comes to the historical and cultural links between these countries.

We have direct contact with individual members of the NZAV in Amsterdam. Some years ago we took the initiative to compile a data base of guest houses in South Africa with a typical local approach and understanding. This enables our guests to select accommodation somewhere in the countryside where the owners are really indigenous to the region and can share their knowledge with their guests.

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This family association was established in 1976 with Johan as the chairman. Since then he remains the driving force.

The aim is to enhance the interest in family history among all the age groups of the wider family. This is achieved by:

Regular family gatherings and newsletters
Family symbols: coat of arms, archive and museum.
Creating and running a family website.
Administering the family tomb in Stellenbosch.

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