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dodi Mon 28-Feb-05 15:33:37

Anyone out there his South African or has a SA partner?

Prettybird Mon 28-Feb-05 15:43:48

I was born in South Africa (Pietersburg), but have been in Scotland since I was 3 (ie 40 years now!).

I'm told that my dad still has a SOuth African accent, but my mum has lost hers.

My surname is a very old South African one - even though it is actually German. My great grandfather married an Itish girl who came out to nurse in the Boer war, so my branch became English speaking, even though we were in the Transvaal.

Dh and I go out to SA regularly - about every 2 years. Usually split the time between Haenerstburg (and a visit to the Kruger) and the Cape, where we now have friends in the wine industry. Have had to drop the Durban bit, even though I also have relatives there.

dodi Mon 28-Feb-05 16:12:02

Dh is from Kimberley and we too got out regularly, just been out for 3 wks in Jan. I think our surname is quite a traditional SA name too. Dh's parents have quite a checkered heritage, ranging from Dutch to French to Germany and English. Am trying to do a family tree for Ds. We're down south as that's where I'm from, but Ds would dearly love to go home. Thx for your message in the language thread. Is your Dh from SA too?

Nickinha Mon 28-Feb-05 16:16:33

Dodi - my sister and her hubby live in Kimberley - she had a ds 3 weeks ago and I try convince her to join us too.

Prettybird Mon 28-Feb-05 16:27:03

No - dh is 100% Scottish (but I reckon with a shipwrecked Spaniard in there somewhere too! )

Someone has done our family tree going back to 1503 - it would probably overlap somewhere with your dh's if we tried hard enough! There is German, Swedish, Irish, French (Irish Hugeunot), Scottish, English - all sorts! My family did start off in the Cape (an ancestor was the first even postman in South Africa) and went via Graaf Reinet to Jo'burg/Pretoria.

How old is your ds?

dodi Mon 28-Feb-05 16:39:01

Wow, you're lucky to have be able to get back that far, I did mine a few years ago and got stuck around the 1800's. Dh's mother is from the Freestate and has English heritage too. Too far for an English passport though!

Ds is 9mths and is the image of Dh - a true Boer!

dodi Mon 28-Feb-05 16:40:35

Nickinha - Dh still has relatives that live in Kimberley. Have been there once, was a bit hot for me! You must get her to join!

scully Thu 03-Mar-05 14:02:26

I'm Australian and DH is from Durban. We've lived in UK for almost 10 yrs though and alternate who's country to visit
- his turn next

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