is with great heartsore, and some relief that we have decided to sell
Tzamenkomst has been in the family
since 1836, when it was bought by my great
grandfather from the first owner van der Walt. It passed into the
hands of my grandfather, Johan Wilhelm van Zyl about 1840. He married
Emma Katie Weakley on the 24th January, 1888, and they
lived together on Tzamenkomst until his death on 4th
October 1908. They had seven children, four sons and three daughters,
of whom five survived my grandfathers death. He left it to them
equally in undivided shares.
Uncle Johan Wilhelm (John) farmed Tzamenkomst until his death in
November 1974. Christopher took over the farm, but decided to pursue
his career as a Land Surveyor so Herbert took over the farm, and ran
it until his death on 28th January, 1982. I (Roben) then
took over the farm.
Many of you already know this,
because we have told you, or you have heard
on the grapevine, but I want to tell you more about it. Tzamenkomst
as we farm it now is about 1/3 of the farm Uncle John had, and from
being a joy is becoming an expensive hobby.
is finding it increasingly difficult to make the farm pay. Rift
Valley Fever was a severe blow, we lost most of our lamb crop, and
two years of below average rainfall did not help. Our neighbour
Richard de Vos on Quaggasfontein made an offer to Christopher for his
portion of Elands Rivier, and Christopher decided to sell it. We have
been using it as part of the farming operation, so its loss is a
blow. Richard de Vos made an offer to buy our Cow Camp which borders
on Quaggsfontein and is across the river from Elands Rivier, across
the river from the house. I discussed this with David, and he said
that with Elands Rivier and Cow Camp gone the heart would have been
cut out of the farm. He added that he was increasingly finding
keeping the farm going difficult, and that it was becoming a burden.
I then told Richard that I would not sell the farm piecemeal. We have
now reached an agreement, and if all the terms & conditions are
met we will be handing the farm over by the early next year. This
agreement has been changed and I have now sold the smaller portion of
the farm, Elands Rivier, to Richard for cash and the process of
transfer is now under way. Richard needs a loan to buy Tzamenkomst,
and the final date for payment is still the end of January.
Richard has taken occupation of the farm, and is paying occupational interest. Because the farm was sold as a going concern this also means that he has taken over the livestock and implements. He has also done some major restoration of the farm house, by plastering the walls. This is the East side of the house newly plastered.
I know that Tzamenkomst has memories for many of you. We will only have to hand over the house at the end of March next year. This is mainly so that we can decide how to dispose of 4 generations worth of furniture etc, but it also means that we can have a visitors in the new year. You are welcome to visit at any time until the end of February next year.
and Birgit are visited us from mid October to mid November. During
their stay we had a very welcome albeit brief visit from the Tait
family - Iola, Dennis, Elise and Sharon. We were very glad that Iola
could join the party.
The cousins (Sandra, Gaynor, Diana and Rosemary) will be together in Cape Town in November.We were happy to welcome Rosemary and her partner Mike who visited us for a short while in November before returning to the UK.
We are looking forward to a visit from Wendy, Diana, Sheldon, Joshua, Bethany, Sandy, and Tristan early in the New Year.