Farewell to Tzamenkomst.

It is with great heartsore, and some relief that we have decided to sell Tzamenkomst.

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.

My Uncle Johan Wilhelm (John) farmed Tzamenkomst until his death in November 1974. Christopher took over the farm, but decided to pursue his career in Land Surveying 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 farmed it is less than half of the farm Uncle John had, and from being a joy became an expensive hobby.

David found 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 Quaggasfontein and is across the river from Elands Rivier. 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 farm has been sold. Richard has done a lot of work on the farm, including replastering the house.

Tzamenkomst house restoration

Tzamenkomst house replastered.

We welcomed Christopher and Birgit on the farm from mid October to mid November 2016. During their stay we had a very welcome albeit brief visit from the Tait family - Iola, Dennis, Elise and Sharon.

Rosemary and her partner Mike visited us for a short while in November before returning to the UK. They have now married we went to their wedding in June 2017.

Wendy and her grandson Tristan paid us a welcome visit early in 2017.