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Japie Greyling Child Hero, Capt. Seely's Account

J. E. B Seely is remembered in South Africa as the commander that placed the 14-year-old Japie Greyling (1890-1954) against a wall in front of a firing squad, threatening to have him executed if he did not provide information about the Boer forces in the area. The boy refused to cooperate, and was freed. Several memorials still exist in South Africa today, attesting to the remarkable story. Below is his account of the event in his book FEAR, AND BE SLAIN, ADVENTURES BY LAND, SEA AND AIR

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Hans Dons de Lange

Johannes de Lange , better known as Hans Dons de Lange (1799–1861) was a Voortrekker scout who accompanied Gerrit Maritz on the Great Trek . He also acted as a scout for Piet Retief and Andries Pretorius . He was appointed the official Resident of the Boers by the Zulu king, Panda , after the victory over Dingaan. He later settled at Ladysmith where he enjoyed great prestige. In 1860 he was charged with the murder of a black man and although the Crown’s main witness denied his own version, which he also provided during the pre-trial investigation, Hans Dons was still sentenced to death.

Dean Greyling

MacGuyver Dean Greyling (born 1 January 1986) was a rugby union player who retired in 2017 at Oyonnax in France. He was educated at Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool. Playing career Greyling was one of the stars of the 2004 Craven Week competition, and represented the Blue Bulls’ age-group teams from 2005 to 2007. He made his Super Rugby debut for the franchise in 2008. In October 2010, Greyling was selected to the Springbok squad of 39 players to prepare for the November tour of Europe.

Greylingstad

Greylingstad is a town about 100km south-east of Johannesburg, 58km north-west of Standerton and 50km south-east of Heidelberg. The name was first borne by a town established in 1910 about 5km south of the present one and name after a local pioneer Pieter Jacobus Greyling, step-son of Piet Retief. In 1914 the name Greylingstad was transferred to its present site laid out in 1913, replacing the name Willemsdal, after Willem Bezuidenhout, owner of the farm.

Franci Greyling

Franci Greyling grew up in a house full of children. As the second eldest of seven children, she often invented stories and games for her younger siblings. She was a real bookworm, started making verses early, and writing essays was the most enjoyable homework. After passing her matric at “Hoërskool Drie Riviere” in Vereeniging, she was a student at the “Burgerlike Beskermingskollege” in George for a year. Here, in addition to marching, shooting, first aid and firefighting, she also learned to type.

Piet Greyling

Pieter Johannes Frederik ‘Piet’ Greyling, born 16 May 1942 in Zastron, South Africa, is a South African rugby union player who has represented the national team, the Springboks, 43 times, captaining them once, and scoring 5 tries in total. Greyling has been described as one of the best and toughest flanks, and is best known for his pairing with Jan Ellis in 24 tests. Early life Piet Greyling was brought up on a tobacco farm in Mashonaland in then-Rhodesia.

Eduard Greyling

Eduard Greyling (born Germiston, Gauteng, South Africa, 1948) is a retired South African ballet dancer. He is the son of Ferdinand Jacobus Greyling and his wife, Jacomina Nicolasina Heyneman. He matriculated from D.F. Malan High School in Bellville, Cape Town in 1965. Biography He first studied with Jennifer Louw, then at the UCT Ballet School and joined CAPAB (since renamed the Cape Town City Ballet Company) in 1967. He danced with the Dutch National Ballet for eighteen months during 1974-75.

Lenie de Wet

In recent articles in The Witness, the possible demolition of the historic house of the widow Retief was debated. Because of public pressure, the KwaZulu-Natal Heritage Council decided last week that 225 Church Street, Pietermaritzburg should be preserved. They should be congratulated on this brave decision. Part of this house once belonged to the wife of Pieter Retief, the Voortrekker leader, after whom Pietermaritzburg was partly named. Sadly, the house of the widow Maritz, wife of Gert Maritz after whom the other half of Pietermaritzburg was named, was not so fortunate a couple of years ago, and