SAAFA LUNCH 25TH MAY 2018

THANKS TO A WONDERFUL SPEAKER

Hennie van der Walt, shown here with Robin Binckes and Martin Urry, who invited him to talk to us at the lunch.
Hennie thanked Robin and presented him with our gift, and a book about the Boer War “Johannes Strydsman – Renowned Scout and Cape Rebel”. This book was written by Johannes Wentzel van der Walt (Hennie’s No. 3 brother), and is the story of their Grandfather (Johannes Strydsman). It took 10 years of research to produce this book.

Thirty-one people attended the lunch on May 25th and were regaled to a wonderful talk by Robin Binckes, whose graphic tale of the Voortrekkers up to and including the battle of Blood River was presented with sounds and stomps, all of which created very realistic and exciting atmosphere.
His book was also on sale.

The “van der Walt” MODEL OXWAGEN

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This wonderful little model of an ox wagon was on show at the lunch. It was built by Hennie van der Walt’s No.2 brother Frans, from a kit punched out on a special machine owned by Leon van der Walt (Hennie’s No. 4 brother). This one is destined for a place in the Voortrekker Monument Museum

SAAFA JHB LUNCH 29TH JUNE
PRESENTATION OF CONGRESS AWARDS

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Hennie van der Walt being presented with his SAAFA Silver Award by Trevor Slade at the June Lunch.
OSAAFA – SILVER : CITATION
Hennie van der Walt joined SAAFA JHB in 1978 and since 2002 has been an active member of the Branch Executive Committee. In 2012 he was elected Chairman and served only a one year term, due to ill-health. In his sixteen years of active service he has carried out a multitude of tasks with great enthusiasm and good effect.
His many contacts and experience while being first a Councillor and then Mayor of Ekurhuleni was recognised in his constant efforts to help and assist those in need, which he continued doing for SAAFA Beneficiaries.
Hennie spent three months liaising with “Litnet” with the object of translating the Airman’s Grace into Afrikaans. The response from a number of editorial authorities was heartening and eventually the SAAFA National Executive approved one translation which is regularly used at functions.
Hennie also designed (and built) the Astra House Memorial to those who have passed to Higher Service. This is indeed a fitting tribute.
When JHB Branch was in need of a SAAFA Banner, Hennie did the necessary research and negotiated the manufacture of the SAAFA ceremonial standard which is now regularly used at Memorial and other Parades.
His attendance at SAAF functions continues to be exemplary, as is his support of any fundraising activity. Continuing to give his expertise in various practical ways for the benefit of those involved and the JHB Branch in particular, his entire tenure has been characterised by sustained service and personal devotion both financially and practically to the values and objectives of SAAFA.
A WORTHY RECIPIENT OF THE ORDER OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION – SILVER.