Kestell Sandstone

  Delightful sandstone houses everywhere you look.  


  Virtually every street in the village ends with a view of the mountains.  

  Looking down on the village from the mountain.  

 

 



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I would like to get in touch with the Motaung family. Grand father is Ben Motaung ,my father was working at one of the farms in Belfast.
My aunt is my malifi mother of noni and lasi other family members I’m told were Zacharia, Alice and Jubhayi they were staying at a dairy farm in kestell. My father was Slams Motaung my contact details(012) 377 1961 and 076 369 8653
Alice Motaung (October 2016)

My Great Grandfather was Isak Petrus, born in Hoeko District outside Ladismith in Cape. He married Katharina Visagie, of Graaff Reinet and they moved to the Kestell area where he worked as a stone mason, building both the Kestell & Geluksburg NG Churches. The known children are Maud, Coen, Isak and my Gran, Gertruida Elizabeth (Born September 14, 1913), who married Carl Hermann Otto Dinkelmann (Born 21/05/1911 in New Germany). This makes me think that family must have left OFS for KZN. My Gran passed away in 2000 without telling me much about her family. If anyone can verify or add an information to my research I would be grateful.
Rory Talmage 072 899 8891e mail rorytalmage (July 2015)

 

Ons het hierdie mooi fotos van ons dorpie van bo op die berg geneem
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Groetnis aan almal - Magdalena Fourie (December 2014)

 

Ek is besig met ons familie stamboom en is op soek na inligting oor die Oosthuyzen's wat 'n plaas gehad het net buite die dorp, op die Afrikaskop pad. Die plaas se naam was Restante, as gevolg van die feit dat dit die laaste stukkie was wat oorgebly het nadat die groot plaas opfedeel was, ek weet nie wat die oorspronklike plaas se naam was nie. My oupa was Willem Tobias Oosthuyzen en my ouma Albertha Hendrika Oosthuyzen (Sauerman) en my pa was in 1938 gebore, Jacob (Japie) Oosthuyzen. Indien daar iemand is wat enige inligting aan my kan verskaf, sal ek dit waardeer, veral oor die plaas.
Vriendelike groete
Kotie Oosthuyzen - Selfoon: 082 938 1098 of Kotie

I found the site of great interest and very well organised.  My late mother, Doreen Legum, lived in Kestell in the 1920's and 1930's.  Her parents, Louis and Jane Legum, owned the hotel in Kestell during these years.  If anyone has any further information about the Legum families life in Kestell I would very much appreciate hearing from you.  Best wishes, John Kaplan John Kaplan

 

Ek is opsoek na my vriendin Karin, haar familie woon in Kestell en sy het daarna toe terug getrek na sy getrou het. Haar man se naam is Rudolph. Haar boetie het drie kinders, Carmen, Dominique en Jacques. Ek het haar laas op my troue in 2006 gesien en weens ek 'n nuwe foon het kan ek haar nie in die hande kry nie.  Haar ouers het 'n plaas daar en haar boetie besit 'n besigheid "Toro Refridgeration" as ek reg onthou.   As u wel weet van haar, of haar skoonsussie of boetie, of selfs ouers in die hande kan kry vra hulle asb om my kontak besonderhede aan haar oor te dra.  My nommer is 083 287 9957 en my epos jyerasmus
By voorbat opreg dankie.
Yolande Erasmus (Memel Distrik)

Webmaster,
If by chance you have the contact details of Lois van Assen I would like to contact him as we were also at school together – he a little older than me – and I could probably help him with some information as I live in Kestell again after 40 years elsewhere.
Kind regards,
Clifford Ferreira


Hi Webmaster,

I really enjoyed the website!  I have been told that Oom Edmund Herne's whole blacksmith shop was reconstructed in Bloemfontein.  It is said to be fitted with the old tools etc. just as it stood in Kestell when I was a little girl.  Regards to all who know me.
Fenella Thompson (born Ferreira)

My name is Jack Mokoena I am initially from Kestell, Tlholong.  I grew up there and completed my matric at Nkarabeng Secondary.  Truly I like what I am seeing, it just goes to show that indeed we are a great nation, and Kestell is the best with its peaceful atmosphere.  Thanks for the great work you are doing, keep it up.
Yours truly
Jack
Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT)


Ek is gebore en het op Kestell groot geword.  My pa hulle het 'n winkel genaamd “Saamwerk” daar gehad.  My oom se prokureurs kantore was in dieselfde straat, maar die naam het my ontgaan.  Die "magistraats" kantoor was skuins oorkant.  Ek het nog baie fotos en ander aandenkinge van Kestell.  My skoolhoof was Mnr Bester en sy dogter Gerda was saam met my in die klas van Sub A tot Standerd 6.  Ander onderwysers was Mnre du Preez, Badenhorst, Smit en vele ander.

Ek moet jou komplimenteer met die web vir Kestell. Dit is puik en ek is trots op die inligting daarop. Terloops ek het my lewe tot laat in Bothastraat (op die hoek met die straat wat deur die dorp loop) deurgebring.
Weet jy dalk wat van 'n ander een van my klasmaats wat saam met my groot geword geword het. Sy was later onderwyser by Retief.  Haar naam is Anneen Munnik, weet nie wat haar getroude van is nie?
Groete en dankie vir jou moeite
Louis van Assen

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