Rossouw Rossouw

Rossouw Rossouw grew up on his family farm in Boskloof, where his brother is now the fourth- or fifth-generation farmer. Rossouw Rossouw is a very religious man and runs the Kliprivier Mission.

Rossouw Rossouw speaks about the years leading up to his becoming a missionary – spending 10 years in jail while running education programmes. He explains the problems that his mission has been trying to address and his experience of his community.

Rossouw Rossouw grew up on the family farm in Boskloof, where his brother is now the fourth- or fifth-generation farmer. After school Rossouw went to study education and then went to the army, as was compulsory then. He taught in Despatch and then in Cape Town, where he got in some trouble and was consequently jailed for 10 years. While in prison he started education programs and restitution programs. He went to talk at schools and to families who were victims of others’ crimes. It was then revealed to him in a dream, which he says God gave him, that he must work with farm children who are exposed to crime, violence and alcohol abuse. He helped the children by giving them food and started the Kliprivier Missionary. They were given a bakkie, which they say came from God via supporters in Cape Town. Rossouw drives people around in the bakkie so they can save transport money. He says he does not know struggle like these people do. His job was given to him by God to help others. He currently runs the athletics program at the school and is passionate about helping children improve their lives and achieve their dreams.


And  I was born here. I think my brother is not the, I think he’s the fourth or the fifth generation farming on Boskloof on the farm, and  it’s an old family farm. He’s now farming there. I was out of it, out of farming after school uhm. I went to study teaching and  went to the army. It was compulsory, many of us had been there. And  after that I went into teaching. I left teaching, Eastern Cape, Despatch, which was a mistake that I made, because you’re off the path of the Lord. And  from education I went into the business world, worked at Sanlam, nine years in the city, I did market research for them, and that was where I lost my way. And I won’t go into the detail of that, because then you do an injustice to people or you want to justify yourself or stuff; what is wrong, is wrong. I pleaded guilty, which was wrong, and I went to jail for ten years. And there I received the Lord into my life and  that same year the Lord brought me back to teaching. I started an adult literacy programme, ABET, Adult Basic Education and Training. To teach prisoners literacy. There wasn’t one, and we, I set myself a goal that within three years there had to be a complete centre there. And there were also no textbooks and stuff, we wrote the courses ourselves. And  many Clanwilliam people were also there, young people from Clanwilliam, or Clanwilliam prisoners also, and so one started building up a life again and within three years we were the best ABET centre in the Western Cape, that year.

And then your life starts getting significance and a goal and meaning, that which God has in place for you. And  then after three years I also started a, a reconciliation programme, to ensure justice (?? 01:57). There were also no courses. I had to write courses, copy, rewrite. And  for two years we worked with a group of 20 prisoners, for them to reconcile. Go to your families, me myself included, go back and say you’re sorry. You must ask for forgiveness, go and do restitution, as the Word calls it, and we went to the victims and  they started taking me to appear at schools, and at community places, and I started giving testimony and it was just a blessing, to see families reuniting after two years, and communities reuniting. There where you went wrong, go back, go fix things. And build new relationships. And you know, it is so blessed, not one of the marriages, families that we worked with in those two years, fell apart. It made everyone just stronger and better. Which is a blessing.

The Lord also had a new path for me. When I was finished with jail, I came back to the place of my birth. And  I just came back here and helped my brother farm for a time at first. But my desire was, I wanted to serve the Lord full-time. And  it is my, it is His voice that told me to go out, it is now 12 years ago, the 23rd of March. I’ll never forget it. And  we started in Kliprivier. I’m going to show you the photos just now. There, in an old tin house, with 80 cents in my first 18 days, I fasted, I prayed and I didn’t eat. I just wanted the Lord’s presence – what does He want me to do? And you know, God had already given me dreams in prison, I had to go and work with farm children. With, with children that, the Word in Zecharia, where there is exploitation, where there was suffering, where the children didn’t have opportunities. And it just happened (?? 03:49), they came with their homework and I started helping, and  so the teaching things started coming back and you had an opportunity to speak to them as well, about their lives, about their domestic circumstances, where an awful lot of drinking, violence and crime, and these things, were the order of the day.

And if God couldn’t break that cycle, then the children would just go on to the next generation. And  poverty is good, it strengthens our belief, but there can also be a point where it becomes too much for a child, and, but God sent me as an instrument at the right moment. I didn’t have anything, so I had nothing to brag about, but the Lord just started putting people, believers, Christians, businesses, in place to provide a support structure for the children to have a better life. And  you know, if I now look back on these twelve years, Patrick, then I stand astounded. That is the photo story that you see here behind me, and how children out of that absolute poverty… I’ll never forget one Friday evening, it was a Friday evening when I walked into a house, and then the children laughed, and when I left there, someone spoke to the children about things that they were experiencing, suffering, that hurt, things that they wanted to be different, what they wanted to achieve in life. A child has to focus and he must have a goal: what do you want to achieve? Otherwise this ugly cycle of crime, poverty, fighting, drugs… and you’ll just have to deal with that cycle again. God must break that cycle, and then He must give you a new start, and this is what happened to the children. They are now in school, I’d really like to introduce you, so that you can see, but here are the photos. And  and, and this is what happened.

My first evening that I was there with them, we, I got soup at Badisa. I had to go humble myself, and I had to go ask for food, because I was hungry after 18 days, and I walked from, 12 kilometres to town, and that day I decided, I wasn’t going to any more, it was the 29th of March, I now had to ask for help, I couldn’t continue like this. I had to go and genuinely humble myself. I mean, you were white, you were also seen as a boer*, as a teacher as well, and… Go and humble yourself, in front of the Lord, in front of the people. And Badisa gave me food that day, they took me up to the tin house where we were living, and that was where the children started coming in. They know it, so they… if we’d gone to a big farm house, the children would have felt out of place. They could identify with the conditions there, the old beds, and the chair and the cups and stuff that were there.

That first Friday evening we sat, we ate a bit of soup, but it wasn’t homemade soup, it was soup from the shop. And when we were done that evening, we sang a bit, played the guitar, and I asked the children, “Listen here, what do you choose in life, ‘sop of dop’ [soup or alcohol]? We have to address that thing, because it can become a problem for you, because it breaks you, it breaks, your parents are broken, it’s going to break you as well, and your life will be upside down.” And they understood, that evening they said, “We choose soup.” And the second evening my brother brought us meat, chops, those small mutton chops, those nice tender little chops. And I thought, there were too few chops to share among us, but God says, you must share. Remember, I’d been 18 days without food. And then the first food that you received, you shared with people, you had to sow if you wanted to increase it. And I counted the people that evening, I saw that we were nine altogether the second evening. And I again served soup to everyone, and there were nine cups. And when we’d finished the soup, when they were gone, I was going to braai the chops, because you hold it in one hand, those small round chops, they look like a question mark, those things. And the Lord told me that I had to share. And you know what, when I opened that packet of chops and counted them, there were nine chops. Then I knew, God had a plan and a goal. He’d counted the chops. He’d counted the children. He’d counted the soup cups. And that was our start. Since then the children have been looked after for 12 years, and it has only been a road of success.

The next step was when I saw, one Friday evening when I opened the door, and I smelled, and I saw, and I heard, why they became quiet. Why did they laugh when they were with me, but why were they so quiet there? And I walked home that night, and I thought, this lot drink, and uhh, only ugly things are said and done, and that bad smell of wine, when a guy wants to pi-, he just pisses inside the house, and he vomits inside the house, I’m now telling it like it is, it… We live among the stuff, but we don’t know what children are going through. It affected me terribly that evening and I went home crying, to the old tin house, and on the way there I asked, “Lord, what can I do to help these children?” And  it’s children, who want a future, who want a life, and God said to me, “Open your place, no matter what people say, you’re white, you’re a boer, you’re a teacher, no matter what people say, let the children escape on Friday and Saturday evenings, weekends only.” That they have a place of caring, for weekends, that he doesn’t have to dread weekends, he must look forward to the weekend. Because it is weekend.

And  then I started caring for the children and people just brought food, and brought clothes, and, yes, I want [to show] you this bakkie standing outside; the woman that you saw is my wife and ehh… God gave me a dream, I was going to marry a white, a coloured woman, and I was going to work hard, and the Lord was going to come and bless us as well as the children. Here the dream became real. The Lord gave her a dream that I put a ring with three diamonds on her finger. And one evening we shared our dreams with each other. I said, “Listen, you won’t, we can’t just be ordinary friends, God wants us to marry, because something is coming here. Little did I know what the road was that the Lord walked so that, what He had in mind when I was in jail, the new start that He gives, and also the new start for you, to give you a better life.”

She dreamt twice of a white bakkie*, we planted onions to buy a bakkie, for which paid about 20 000 or so, saved up for, and then, sorry, then the onion harvest didn’t work out, and God gave her a dream, we’re driving a white bakkie. Twice she dreamt it, and in the story of Joseph who comes to Pharao, about the fat cattle and the lean cattle, if you dream it twice, that issue has been decided, God is going to do it soon. Do you know, less than a week later, Patrick, a minibus and a bakkie came driving up the old path, to the house, with the lights on, hoot-hoot. And the guy held out the keys of the bakkie to me, and then it was one of my supporters. They live in the Cape. And  they were a group of businessmen who got together, and he held the keys out to me, and he said to me, “Cor, we just brought you a delivery.” I then thought, no, it can’t be, let’s first go and eat roosterkoek* and coffee, this is now a bit fast. That same morning God had given me a text, “I give you a bakkie, Cor.” Me wife dreamt it twice, that Friday, the 16th of June, 2006, I’ll never forget it, on Youth Day of all things. Here comes a bakkie and  the guy holds out the key. I take the key, I think, let us go and eat roosterbrood, the food that we have, and black coffee, we’ll speak about this bakkie business later. And when I turned around, I saw what was written on the door of the bakkie, Kliprivier Sentrum. And Klipriver is the place where we were then living on the farm.

I just started crying, and I realised, the Lord is alive. And why did we want a bakkie? I wanted to help people who didn’t have a vehicle, and who were being exploited. With expensive taxi costs, transport costs, people who come to pick them up on the farm. Someone who came to pick them up on the farm, ridiculous prices from, I don’t know, 250, R300, and it’s ten kilometres from town. Yo, then it’s rich people who do that. Then we exploit our own people. A pensioner with an All Pay of 700, 800, isn’t it a privilege to help the Lord and to say, man, I’ll get your All Pay, I’ll even bring you home again, it was nice to sow, it’s nice to help, heavenly to give and to receive. I wanted a bakkie so that those people didn’t need to pay money. That is why I wanted a bakkie, and God gave me a bakkie, and from that day I’ve cared for my mother-in-law and my father-in-law, there are their photos, I’ve cared for them. There are their photos on the boards, I will show you just now.

From that day I said, now I drive you to All Pay, or to the clinic, and it costs you nothing, the Lord will provide, and God has provided up to today. For twelve years, He has provided for us. And not just around here, if you want to go to the sea for a bit, or visit family, Malmesbury or wherever, then I take them, and we take them, and it costs them nothing. Their lives were so enriched. In this time, my brother spoke, also spoke to Uncle Bertie in town and they got one of the new HOP houses here. And to see that day how Grandma Tryntjie unlocked a house, the first HOP house, people behind here. Grandpa Hendrik had looked after goats for how many people, in the veld they had lived, under reed shelters, in… Grandma Tryntjie told her stories, how hungry they’d been, how at places where they’d lived, they’d boiled shoe soles, shoe soles, and then they had drunk the water. I don’t know suffering, I don’t know suffering. And then they don’t tell it with bitterness, they tell it with joy, their lives have been enriched. For those two people, with their All Pay they can’t survive, the children are in the house, they brought up children and grandchildren and cared for them, and that is where my role started. It was my work, I help you to care for your children, when your All Pay is finished after two weeks, then we care for you for the rest of the month.

And  many people have said, that isn’t work. It’s the work that God gave me, and God, the Lord says, if you’re faithful in little things, you’ll be faithful in larger ones. And it just grew and grew and grew. And I’ve been doing it for 12 years. We lived in the veld*, under an old rusted canopy, There above Kolita Cove (?? 13:51). And the children were, they came to sleep there. I lived there, with my wife, under a tent and an old rusted canopy, there are the photos if you want to see them. There is the blue tent, and there you can see, just above the blue tent, there is the rusted canopy. If you want to take photos of it you can… maybe I must explain it, if you want to see it.

[gets up and turns to wall]

Here we started in Klipriver, there is the tin house in which we started, and there’s the bakkie we got as a gift. Out of heaven for the Lord who worked. Here is the little house in which the children lived, there are Grandpa Hendrik and Grandma Tryntjie, they had to care for children and grandchildren with that All Pay. They couldn’t even care for themsleves. Out of that the Lord led us, we went to live in the veld, there you can see the bakkie, there’s the old rusted canopy. And the children came to live there. And out of that, here’s the old rusted canopy, it’s close to the dam, and then the Lord bought us a tent, and here are photos of Klipriver where we lived. There you can see how beautiful the waterfalls are, look. After that I want to show you a photo of a girl, her pa and ma and them just moved away. She’s in school, and the first time that we drove the bakkie full of diesel, when we got it, we went to look for her pa and ma, then they were living far away on the other side of the mountain, Puts or something is the name of the place. That was the day…

So you can also see the small tin house here, here is Badisa with the, with the elderly from town, there they came to eat toasted sandwiches with us that day. Here we’re making toasted sandwiches. Here the children got new track suits for the first time, here they started playing, there we can see the old playground. This boy was disabled, he’s now a big boy. He was, he came to visit us last weekend, and, yes, here is Grandma Tryntjie, that’s funeral time, we’ve helped with many funerals. And then, here’s my wife when she was young, there’s a wedding photo, and there’s the photo of my father.

What is very dear to me are the goat herders, there is Grandpa Hendrik, I need to get another photo of Grandpa Hendrik for you. They’re sitting at the house here, there he sits, there he leans against the house, against the side. The goat herder’s daughter becomes the baas* of the farm, the woman’s son. The goat herder’s daughter and the son of the baas marry. And there is my wedding photo. Politics played no role. So it was, politics played no role. It was the Lord who came into my and her hearts. To start caring for children. And there we have our own family today, our own children, but the other children that we care for are more, we have three of our own, and then four, four children of our own, and also Kristen, who is her daughter, and from that the Lord started something very beautiful, and that is the story that you see here: “Hardlopers vir die Here” [Runners for the Lord].

We couldn’t have done it without the Lord. We started running with the children, just to, there’s an old saying that goes “Idleness is the mother of all vices”. Children have to run, otherwise he is bored and idle, and he’s going to start developing the wrong desires, he’s going to do drugs, he’s going to start sex, he’s going to start smoking, start drinking, he’s going to start going to the wrong places. And that is what we keep the children busy with. The body must develop, that heaped up energy must be burnt up otherwise he’s going to use it in the wrong way. He, he walks around frustrated, he walks around with energy, burn it.

We started with groups of runners and, I can maybe show you, show Kristen, I showed you her first. The first photo of Kristen that appeared in the paper, where is it? I just have to look for it quickly. Ohhh, here it is. Here is the, there it is, these two photos. She then started athletics, started doing very well, running for Boland and in the first year that she did long-distance running, she ran all the way to SA Schools, and she ran into a 12th place. Now, such a child’s life has been enriched, she gets Western Cape colours, SA Schools, and here you can see the path, how the Lord has walked with her, how the Lord has completely enriched her life. For three, four years running, she went to SR (?? 02:58). At one of the athletics meetings, I think it was this one, she was under 13, she ran at Germiston, the fifth best qualifying time in South Africa.

A child from nothing, with nothing, but just an opportunity, just better circumstances, but I have to add, a child who takes her heart into life. It won’t help simply giving children better circumstances and he occupies himself with godless things. You also have to, your inner person must also change, together with the outside things. We have a vehicle, a bakkie* to drive around with, and you know, there are all the places where we went to run: Bloemfontein, East London, Pretoria, Kimberley, we criss-crossed the Boland, Port Elizabeth, Durban. Those are all places we went to as a family, and they came out of that poverty. With a bakkie that the Lord gave us, then this world opened up for them, they saw new places that I also haven’t seen in my life, and I went with them.

The Lord didn’t only start with her. I also have to show you something here, there’s a photo where Kristen in her peak year, 2015, under 13, she was crowned in what was a first for Clanwilliam as far as I know, that I know of that a Clanwilliam child, that she was crowned as the Boland primary school long-distance athlete of the year. It is a big award for a child at that beautiful gala occasion, here is the trophy, there it is still standing on the cupboard, still, and here is the path. That the children walked. She was also crowned sportswoman of the year by them, it’s a complete photo story. There she is with the primary school, sport of the year, there is an athletics photo. These photos down here, they’re for every year that she was chosen for the Western Cape team.

It didn’t stop there. When she started running, there were other children who said, can we start running with you? I started making it my full-time job, to practise with the children and to run. But also, most of the work is speaking about the child’s heart, thoughts, his head, his life, his circumstances, change it. And then it started expanding. Here is one guy, Christo, here you can see, these two, Christo and Christa, Christo himself started running very well, and he also, after three years he was running among the top five in South Africa. Christo’s brother, and there’s Martin, he sits over there. The two of them started walking closely with us. The father is non-existent, liquor, doesn’t really know that they exist, and their mother is, two years, three years ago their mother died from cerebral TB, so the children were without… they were orphans, they just, they just needed direction. And they, both of them, all three sitting there, have run SA top five, came among the first five in South Africa.

You understand, a child comes from RDP* land, and now the whole world lies open before you. The whole world lies open before you. Christo is, once he was offered a bursary by Tuks, they wanted to buy him, come and run for us, we’ll place you in a top Afrikaans school in Pretoria and you run for us, we pay for your studies, and we give you R1 500 pocket money a month. I mean, it is, and I said to him… Cor, what must I do? I said to him, “Put, I’ll show you, the Lord didn’t show anything, then the Lord gave me the answer, and the answer is, donkeys run after carrots, but disciples run after God’s words.” Don’t run after money, you’ll be under a lot of pressure, you’ll be alone, and the answer was no. He’s one of my top athletes, more guys came along, there you can (inaudible 06:38) see, after we’d been running for five years, five of them went to nationals. I mean, for a small place like Clanwilliam, it make us in total, I now already have seven children who compete on a national level, and who don’t just run to take part, they go there to compete. To beat the guys.

Here is the story of our Boland, the Boland side, we first ran Boland league, there are all the old photos, and the articles of what happened there, athletics and long distance. Where the children received colours. Here are also our first “Hardloop vir die Here” clothes that we, sorry, got sponsors for. Rooibos* and other religious people who helped us to be able to give these nice clothes to the children, just to enrich their lives. Here you can see more team photos, here I can show you one maybe, in the first year we had one in the Boland team, the second year I had six children in the Boland team. Our third year, we had nine, but in the fourth year, 16. Last year we went over to the West Coast league, it’s a bit closer for us and costs less, and we’d actually like to develop rural sport, help develop, see more running here, and there you can see the photos. 20 children, one, six, nine, 16, 20. This year the Lord still has to show us where we’re going to run, we’re still praying for his guidance and revelation.

It’s an example of how the Lord came to change lives, where I came to be. I myself loved running, Comrades, Two Oceans, I did those things and it was nice for me, and it has been transferred to the children, because look how their lives have changed. If these children submit a CV today, Christo is at Augsburg; (?? 08:28) is at, offered her a sport bursary for five years, and at the end of the five years the sport bursary will continue if you want to go study. The whole life of a child is changed, from there, up to where she is today. Christo’s life, each of these children’s lives is really radically… if they submit a CV today, then it isn’t only sport achievements that will count, on that wall we, all the stuff has been taken down, all the certificates. Also, with regard to academics, we experience that if children run, he’s active, he’s focussed, gets distraction. He gets other things to see, another world, then his school marks also change. I saw it with Christo. I can name one of my children here, the guy who was mopping here, Riaan, and I don’t want to say anything about his parents, because then it sounds as if I think I’m better and I’ve done ugly, bad things, but it wasn’t a pretty life, his mother, she also didn’t, also had a drinking problem, his mother today lives with us in the house and she helps to care for our children. Father still has ugly things, prison, and dagga, and other ugly stuff.

That is the circumstances of the child, that is the guidance that the child receives. 11 years, or 12 years ago, he was 11 years old, then I saw, your school marks aren’t that good, you’re around 30 percent and 40 percent, you’ll have to learn, and you’ll have to make a success of it. And you know, that child started learning and when he in secondary, got to matric, he was one of the two top achievers in his matric year. We got help for him at UNISA, and as he stands here this morning, he’s completed three years successfully at UNISA, and this coming year, which is now, he’ll finish his degree course, and I’m not only speaking about finishing his degree, I speak of passing with distinction. In his third year he’s just about passed three of his subjects with distinction.

And Master Fortuin has already told him, man, when you’re finished, we need you here. So we trust that the Lord will lead him and if it must maybe continue, honours or masters degree, because he doesn’t have family obligations, you don’t have bursary obligations, you also don’t have loans, you’re cared for, and he has to, he’s happy, he’s content. He got his licence, the first one in his family who can drive around with a bakkie, wherever we want to drive. I can send him to the Cape, wherever. It changed the child’s life completely. You walked. It was poverty. It was hunger. It was ugly words, it was, it was just everything counting against you, and that is where the Lord came in and you started experiencing more positive things.

I look forward to the road ahead, Patrick. It is so nice in our community. Clanwilliam, I can tell you, is an exceptional community, I think we’re one of the ten oldest towns, I understand, in the country, and I think we have a really rich history. And I’m only playing a small role to take children out of a situation of suffering, an older setup to a new setup. And the support that we get from our community, we are at the Dutch Reformed Church in town, that is where we worship, many of our supporters are there, with such open hearts. Wow, I stand amazed when I ask people, listen, we want to go run in Pretoria, we need a bit of petrol, then people’s hearts open up, they just open up, and they tell us, go and run. They can see the children when they are in church every Sunday, so we have, we have a principle about that, six days we practise, do school work and run, and on the seventh day, we all go to church together, so that the congregation can see, here you are and your lives are changing. So I’m looking forward to it, and yes, thanks very much for the opportunity.

Rossouw Rossouw het op die familieplaas in Boskloof grootgeword. Sy broer is nou die vierde of vyfde geslag wat daar boer. Rossouw is ’n baie gelowige man en bestuur die Kliprivier Sending.

Hy vertel van die jare voor hy ’n sendeling geword het – hy was 10 jaar lank in die tronk en terwyl hy daar was, het hy opvoedkundige programme begin aanbied. Hy verduidelik die probleme wat sy sendingkerk probeer oplos en vertel van sy ervaring in die gemeenskap.

Rossouw Rossouw het op die familieplaas in Boskloof grootgeword. Sy broer is nou die vierde of vyfde geslag wat daar boer. Na skool het Rossouw onderwys gaan studeer en daarna is hy weermag toe, wat destyds verpligtend was. Hy het eers op Despatch skoolgehou en toe in Kaapstad gewerk, maar daar het hy in die moeilikheid beland en was 10 jaar lank in die tronk. Terwyl hy in die tronk was, het hy geletterdheids- en restitusieprogramme begin. Hy het by skole gaan praat, asook met families wat die slagoffers van ander se misdade was. Hy sê God het toe in ’n droom met hom gepraat en vir hom gesê dat hy met plaaskinders wat aan misdaad, geweld en alkoholmisbruik blootgestel is, moet werk. Hy het die kinders gehelp deur vir hulle kos te gee en die Kliprivier Sending te begin. Hulle het ’n bakkie gekry – hy sê God het dit voorsien via ondersteuners in Kaapstad. Rossouw ry mense gratis met die bakkie rond om hulle te help. Hy sê hy ken nie swaarkry soos hierdie mense s’n nie. God het hom die taak gegee om ander mense te help. Hy staan tans aan die hoof van die atletiekprogram by die skool. Dit is sy passie om kinders te help om hulle lewens te verbeter en hulle drome te verwesenlik.


Enne, ek is gebore hierso, ek dink my broer is nie die, ek dink hy’s die vierde, of die vyfde geslag wat in Boskloof op die plaas boer, en  dis maar ’n ou familieplaas. Hy boer nou daar, ek is toe uit, uit boerdery, ná skool, ek het toe onderwys gaan studeer, en  weermag toe, dis verpligtend, baie van ons almal wat daar was. En,  toe na, is ek onderwys toe, ek het onderwys bedank, Oos-Kaap, Despatch, wat ’n fout was wat ek gemaak het, want jy’s uit die pad van die Here uit. En,  uit die onderwys is ek toe sakewêreld toe, by Sanlam het ek gewerk, nege jaar in die stad, marknavorsing vir hulle gedoen, en dis waar my pad verkeerd geloop het. En ek gaan nie oor detail oor dit nie, want dan benadeel jy mense of jy wil jouself regverdig of goeters wat verkeerd is, is verkeerd. Ek het skuldig gepleit, wat verkeerd is, en ek is gevangenis toe vir tien jaar. En daar’t ek die Here in my lewe gekry, en,  waar die Here my weer dieselfde jaar teruggebring het onderwys toe, ek het met ’n volwasse geletterdheidsprogram, ABET, het ek gebegin, Adult Basic Education and Training. Om gevangenes geletterdheid te, daar was nie gewees nie en ons het, ek het myself ’n doelwit gestel om binne drie jaar, dan moet hier ’n volledige sentrum moet hier staan. En daar was ook nie handboeke en goed gewees nie, ons het maar die kursusse self geskryf het. Enne, baie Clanwilliam-mense was ook daar gewees, Clanwilliam-jongmense, of Clanwilliam-gevangenes ook, en so beginne bou mens maar weer ’n lewe op, en binne drie jaar, toe is ons Wes-Kaap se beste ABET-sentrum, daai jaar.

En dan begin kry jou lewe weer sin en doel en betekenis, dit wat God het in plek vir jou. En  toe’t ek ook ná drie jaar begin met ’n, met ’n versoeningsprogram, te sorg vir justice (?? 01:57). Daar was ook nie kursusse gewees nie, ek moes kursusse skrywe, oorskryf, herskrywe. En,  ons het vir twee jaar lank, het ek toe met ’n groep van twintig gevangenes gewerk om te gaan versoen. Gaan na julle families toe, ek self ingesluit, gaan terug en gaan sê jy’s jammer. Jy moet vergifnis gaan vra, gaan doen restitusie, soos die Woord dit nou maar noem, en ons het ook na die slagoffers toe gegaan, en,  hulle het my beginne vat dat ek by skole, en by gemeensplekke, beginne optree en begin getuig, en dit was net ’n geseën gewees, om ná twee jaar te sien hoe families herenig, en hoe gemeenskappe herenig. Daar waar jy verkeerd het, gaan terug, gaan maak reg. En nuwe verhoudings bou, en weet jy, dis so geseënd, nie een van die huwelike, gesinne wat ons in daai twee jaar gewerk het, het verbrokkel nie. Dit het almal net sterker en beter kon raak. Wat geseënd is.

Vir my het die Here ook ’n nuwe pad gehad. Toe ek klaar is met gevangenis, toe kom ek terug, geboorteland toe. En,  ek het toe maar gewoon hiernatoe teruggekom en eers ’n tydjie saam met my broer so met die boerdery gehelp-help, en daar. Maar my begeerte was, ek wil die Here voltyds dien. En,  dis my, dis sy roepstem wat vir my gesê het maar ek moet uitgaan, dis nou twaalf jaar gelede, die drie-en-twintigste Maart. Ek sal dit nooit vergeet nie. En,  toe het ons in Kliprivier begin, ek gaan die foto’tjies nou-nou vir jou wys, gou-gou daar, in ’n ou sinkhuisie, met tagtig sent in my eerste agtien dae, het ek gevas, ek het gebid, en ek het nie geëet nie, ek het die Here se aangesig gesoek – wat wil Hy hê moet ek doen? En weet jy, toe het God reeds vir my in die gevangenis drome gegee, ek moet met plaaskinders gaan werk. Met, met kinders wat, die woord in Sagaria, waar daar uitbuiting is, waar daar swaarkry was, waar die kinders nie geleenthede gehad het nie. En dit het net vantaal (?? 03:49) gebeur, hulle het gekom, met hul huiswerkies beginne help, en,  so daar het die onderwys-dinge maar weer beginne terugkom en jy kry kans om met hulle te praat ook, oor hulle lewe, oor hulle huis-omstandighede, waar geweldig baie drinkery, geweld en misdaad, en dié goed, aan die orde van die dag was.

En, as God nie daai siklus kon breek nie, dan gaan die kinders net aan na die volgende geslag toe. En,  armoede is goed, dit versterk ons geloof, maar dit kan ook ’n punt hê waar dit vir ’n kind te veel beginne raak. En, maar dis op die regte tyd, het God my as ’n instrument gestuur. Ek het niks gehad nie, so ek het niks om te roem nie, maar die Here het net toe mense, gelowiges, Christene, besighede, beginne oprig om ’n ondersteuningstruktuur te gee vir kinders vir ’n beter lewe. En,  jy weet, as ek hierdie twaalf jaar nou terugkyk, Patrick, dan, ek staan net verstom. Dis wat die fotoverhaal is wat jy hier agter my sien, en hoe kinders uit daai absolute armoedigheid, ek sal nooit daai een Vrydagaand, dis ’n Vrydagaand, toe ek in ’n huisie stap, en dan het die kinders gelag, en as ek daarvan stap, dan praat iemand met die kinders, oor goed wat hulle ervaar het, dinge wat swaarkry, wat seermaak, wat hulle graag anders wil hê, wat hulle wil bereik in die lewe. ’n Kind moet fokus en hy moet ’n doelwit hê: Wat wil jy bereik? Anders gaan hierdie lelike siklus van misdaad, armoede, bakleiery, dwelms, en jy gaan net weer deel met daai siklus. God moet daai siklus breek, en dan moet Hy jou ’n nuwe begin gee, en dis wat met die kinders kom gebeur het. Hulle is nou in die skool, ek sal so graag vir hulle wil voorstel, dat jy kan sien, maar hierso is die foto’s daarvan. Enne,  en, en, dis wat gebeur het.

My eerste aand wat ek daar met hulle, toe’t ons sop het ek toe gekry, by Badisa. Ek het my moet gaan verneder, en ek moet gaan kos vra, want ek is honger ná agtien dae, en ek stap van Boskloof af, twaalf kilometers dorp toe, en daai dag besluit ek, nou gaan ek nie meer, dis die nege-en-twintigste Maart, ek moet nou hulp vra, ek kan nie so aangaan nie. Ek moet my genuine gaan verneder, ek bedoel, jy’s nou wit, jy was ook gesien as ’n boer, as ’n onderwyser ook, en. Gaan verneder vir jou, voor die Here, voor mense, en Badisa gee vir my kos daai dag, hulle vat my tot by die ou sinkhuisie waar ons bly, en dit is waar die kinders beginne inkom. Hulle ken dit, so hulle … as ons nou na ’n groot plaashuis toe gegaan het, dan’s die kinders vreemd. Hulle kon vereenselwig met die omstandighede wat daar is, die ou bedjies, en die stoel en die bekertjies en goed wat daar is.

Daai eerste Vrydagaand sit ons, ons eet ’n bietjie sop, maar dis nou nie die sop wat by die huis gemaak word nie, dis winkelsop. En toe ons klaar is die aand, sing ons bietjie, speel kitaar, en ek vra vir die kinders: “Luister hier, wat kies julle in die lewe, sop of dop? Ons moet daai ding aanspreek, want dit kan ’n probleem vir julle raak, want dit breek julle, dit breek julle ouers is gebreek, dit gaan julle ook breek, en jou lewe is deurmekaar.” En hulle snap, hulle sê die aand: “Ons kies sop.” En die tweede aand bring my broer vir ons vleis, tjoppies en sulke ou klein skaaptjoppies, daai lekker sagte tjoppies. En ek dink toe, maar die tjoppies is te min om tussen ons te deel, maar God sê, jy moet deel. Onthou, ek is agtien dae sonder kos. En nou, die eerste kos wat jy kry, deel jy met mense, jy moet saai as jy dit moet vermeerder. En, ek tel die mense die aand, ek sien ons is nege bymekaar die tweede aand. En ek deel weer sop uit vir almal, en daar’s nege bekertjies. En, toe ons die soppies klaar het, wys jy vir my, as julle weg is, gaan ek maar die tjoppies braai, want jy hou dit so in jou een hand vas, daai klein ronde tjoppies, lyk soos ’n vraagtekentjie, daai goed. En die Here sê vir my, ek moet deel. En weet jy, toe ek daai pakkie tjoppies oopmaak, en ek tel, toe’s dit nege tjoppies. Toe weet ek, God het ’n plan en ’n doel. Hy het die tjoppies getel, Hy het die kinders getel, Hy’t die sopbekertjies getel, en dit was ons begin. En daarvan af is die kinders nou versôre al vir twaalf jaar, en dit was net ’n pad van sukses.

Die volgende stap was gewees toe ek sien, een Vrydagaand toe ek die deur oopmaak, en ek ruik, en ek sien, en ek hoor, hoekom hulle stil raak. Hoekom lag hulle by my, maar hoekom is hulle hier stil. En ek het huis toe gestap die aand, maar ek het gedink, in hierdie klomp drink, en uhh, sommer net lelike goed wat gesê en gedoen word, en daai slegte reuk, van wyn, as ’n ou wil piep-, hy piepie sommer binne-in die huis, en hy kots in die huis, ek praat nou sommer reguit, dit het my so … ons leef tussen die goed, maar ons weet nie wat kinders deurgaan nie. Dit het my verskriklik die aand geraak, en ek is huil-huil is ek huis toe, na die ou sinkhuisie toe, en op pad syntoe vra ek: “Here, wat kan ek doen om hierdie kinders te help?” Enne, dis kinders, wat ’n toekoms wil hê, wat ’n lewe wil hê, en God sê vir my: “Stel jou plekkie oop, ongeag wat mense sê, jy’s wit, jy’s ’n boer, jy’s ’n onderwys-, ongeag wat mense sê, laat die kinders Vrydae- en Saterdae-aande, net naweke, ontvlug.” Dat hulle net ’n plek van versorging het, vir naweke, dat hy nie moet opsien na ’n naweek nie, hy moet uitsien na die naweek. Want dis naweek.

Enne, toe het ek die kinders beginne versorg en mense het net kos gebring, en klere gebring, en, ja, ek wil vir jou hierdie wit bakkie wat hier buite staan, die vroutjie wat jy gesien, dis my vrou, enne, God gee my ’n droom, ek gaan met ’n blanke, met ’n bruin vroutjie getroud wees, en ek gaan hard werk, en die Here gaan vir ons kom seën om ook kinders te seën. Hier word die droom waar. Die Here gee vir haar ’n droom van ek steek ’n ring aan haar vinger met drie diamante in. En daai een aand deel ons ons drome met mekaar, ek sê: “Jong, jy sal nie, ons kan nie net gewone vriende wees nie, God wil hê ons moet gaan trou, want daar is iets wat kom.” Min het ek geweet, wat is die pad wat die Here daardeur gestap het, wat het Hy in vooruitsig toe ek in die gevangenis is, die nuwe begin wat Hy gee, en ook die nuwe begin vir julle, om vir julle ’n beter lewe te gee. Sy droom twee keer van ’n wit bakkie, ons het uitjies beginne plant om ’n bakkie te koop, wat ons so twintigduisend of so voor betaal, bymekaar wil maak, en toe werk, ekskuus, toe werk die uie-oes ook nie uit nie, en God gee vir haar ’n droom, ons ry met ’n wit bakkie. Twee keer droom sy dit, en in die verhaal van Josef wat by Farao kom, oor die vet vee eet die maer vee, as jy hom twee keer droom, daai saak is vas besluit, God gaan dit gou doen. Weet jy, dit was minder as ’n week later, Patrick, toe kom met die ou paadjie op, na die huis toe, kom ’n bussie en ’n bakkie aangery, met die ligte aan, hoot-hoot. En die ou kom hou die sleutels van die bakkie uit na my toe, en toe’s dit een van ons ondersteuners. Hulle bly in die Kaap. Enne, toe’s hulle ’n groepie besigheidsmanne wat bymekaargekom het, en hy hou die sleutels na my toe uit, en hy sê vir my: “Cor, ons het net vandag ’n aflewering vir julle gebring.” Ek dink toe, nee, dit kan nie wees nie, kom ons gaan eet eers roosterkoek en koffietjies, maar dié saak is nou darem bietjie vinnig. Daai selle môre gee God my skrif: “Ek gee vir julle ’n bakkie, Cor.” My vrou droom dit twee keer, daai Vrydag, die sestiende Junie, 2006, ek sal dit nooit vergeet nie, op Jeugdag nogal, hier kom ’n bakkie aangery, en,  die ou het die sleutel uit, ek vat die sleutel, ek dink, kom ons gaan eet nou roosterbrood, die kossies wat ons nou het, en swart koffie, ons gaan later oor dié bakkie-besigheid praat. En toe ek omdraai, toe sien ek wat staan op die bakkie se deur geskryf: Kliprivier Sentrum. En Kliprivier is die plekkie waar ons toe op die plaas gebly het.

Ek het net aan die huil geraak, en ek het besef, die Here leef. En, hoekom ons ’n bakkie wou hê, ek wil mense help wat nie ’n voertuig het nie, en wat uitgebuit word. Met duur taxi-kostes, transport-kostes, mense wat hulle kom haal op die plaas. Iemand wat hulle op die plaas kom haal, dan word belaglike pryse van tot, ek weet nie, tweehonderd en vyftig, driehonderd rand, en dis tien kilometers uit die dorp uit. Joe, dan’s dit welgestelde mense wat dit kom doen. Dan buit ons ons eie mense uit. Pensioenaris met ’n All Pay van sewehonderd, aghonderd, is dit nie ’n voorreg om die Here te help en te sê, man, ek kom haal jou All Pay, ek bring jou sommer weer huis toe, dit was lekker om te saai, dis lekker om te help, salig om te gee en te ontvang. Ek wil ’n bakkie hê dat daai mense nie daai geld betaal nie. Dis hoekom ek ’n bakkie wou hê, en God gee my ’n bakkie, en van daai dag af het ek my skoonma en my skoonpa, daar’s hulle foto’s, het ek hulle versôre. Daar’s hulle foto’s op die borde, nou vir jou gou-gou wys.

Van daai dag af het ek gesê, nou ry ek vir julle All Pay of kliniek toe, en dit kos julle niks, die Here gaan voorsien, en God het vir ons tot vandag toe, vir twaalf jaar, voorsien Hy vir ons, hoor. En nie net hier rond nie, as jy bietjie see toe wil gaan, of familie wil gaan kuier, Malmesbury of waar ook al, dan ry ek hulle, en ons vat vir hulle, en dit kos julle niks. Hulle lewe het so verryk in dié tyd. My broer het, het ook saam met oom Bertie op die dorp het hy gepraat en hulle het een van die nuwe HOP-huisies hier gekry. En om daai dag te sien hoe daai Ouma Tryntjie ’n huis oopsluit, vir die eerste HOP-huis, mense hier agter. Oupa Hendrik het by hoeveel mense bok opgepas, in die veld het hulle gebly, onder rietskermpies in. Ouma Tryntjie het haar stories vertel, hoe honger hulle was, hoe hulle by plekke gebly het, dan kook hulle skoensole, skoensole, dan drink hulle die water. Ek ken nie swaarkry nie, ek ken nie swaarkry nie. En dan vertel hulle dit nie met bitterheid nie, hulle vertel dit met blydskap, hulle lewe is verryk. Om daai twee mensies, met hulle All Pay kan hulle nie deurkom nie, die kinders is in die huis, hulle het die kinders en die kleinkinders grootgemaak en versôre, en dis waar my rol ingekom het. Dit was my werk, ek help julle om julle kinders te versorg, ná julle All Pay hier na twee weke opraak, dan versorg ons vir julle vir die res van die maand.

Enne, baie mense het gesê, maar dis mos nie ’n werk nie. Dis die werk wat God my gee, en God het ge-, die Here sê, as jy aan die minste gering is, gaan jy ook aan die grotere getrou wees. En dit het net gegroei, en gegroei, en gegroei. En ek doen dit nou al vir twaalf jaar. Ons het in die veld gebly, onder ’n ou geroeste kappie, daar bokant Kolita Cove (?? 13:51). En, die kinders was, hulle het daar kom slaap, ek het daar gebly, saam met vrou onder ’n tentjie en ’n ou geroeste kappie, daar sit die foto’s, as jy hulle wil sien. Dou staan die blou tentjie, en daar kan jy sien, net bokant die blou tentjie, daar staan die geroeste kappie. As jy foto’s daarvan wil neem, kan jy … miskien moet ek maar so verduidelik, as jy dit nou wil sien.

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Hierso het ons in Kliprivier gebegin, daar’s die sinkhuisie waarin ons gebegin het, en daar’s die bakkie wat ons gekry het as geskenk. Uit die hemel uit vir die Here wat gewerk het. Hier’s die huisie wat die kinders in gebly het, daar sit Oupa Hendrik en Ouma Tryntjie, hulle’t kinders en kleinkinders met daai All Paytjie moes versôre. Hulle kan hulleself nie eers versorg nie. Uit dit het die Here ons gelei, ons het in die veld gaan bly, daar kan jy sien, staan die bakkie, daar’s die ou geroeste kappie. En die kinders het daar kom bly. En uit dit uit, hier’s die ou geroeste kappie, dis naby die dam en toe het die Here vir ons ’n tentjie gekoop, en hier is foto’s van Kliprivier waar ons gebly het. Daar kan jy sien hoe mooi is die watervalle, kyk hierso. Daarvan af is ’n foto van ’n dogter vir julle wys, haar pa- en ma-hulle het net weggetrek. Sy’s in die skool, en met die eerste keer wat ons met ’n bakkie vol diesel ry, toe ons hom kry, toe gaan soek ons haar ma en pa, toe bly hulle d-o-e-e-r anderkant die berg, Puts of so iets is die plek se naam. Daai’s die dag, toe gaan kry

ons platgery, Port Elizabeth,  Durban. Dis plekke orals, wat ons as gesinnetjie gekom het, en hulle kom uit daai armoedigheid. Nè. Met ’n bakkie wat die Here ons gee, toe vergroot hierdie wêreld vir hulle, hulle sien die nuwe plekke wat ek in my lewe ook nog nie gesien het nie, en ek gaan saam met hulle.

Die Here het nie net by haar begin nie, hierso moet ek ook net iets vir julle wys, daar’s ’n foto’tjie waar Kristen in haar piekjaar, 2015 onder-dertien, toe word sy aangewys wat sy die eerste vir Clanwilliam, wat ek van weet dat Clanwilliam-kind, wat sy aangewys word as Boland se laerskool-landloopatleet van die jaar. Dis ’n groot toekenning vir ’n kind by daai pragtige gala-geleentheid, hier staan die beker, daar staan hy op die kas, nou nog, en hierso is die pad. Wat die kinders gestap het. Sy’s ook sportvrou van die jaar aangewys vir hulle, en  dis ’n hele fotoverhaal. Daar’s sy saam met die laerskool, sport van die jaar, daar’s ’n atletiek-foto’tjie. Hierdie foto’s wat hier af is, dis oor elke jaar wat sy gekies was as vir die Wes-Kaap-span.

Dit het nie daar gestop nie. Toe sy so beginne hardloop, toe’s daar nog ander kinders wat sê, kan ons maar saam met jou beginne hardloop. Ek het voltyds dit my werk beginne maak, om met die kinders te oefen en te hardloop. Maar ook, die meeste werk is,  praat oor die kind se hart, se gedagtes, sy kop, sy lewe, sy omstandighede, verander dit. En toe begin brei dit uit. Hier’s een outjie, Christo, hier kan julle sien, hierdie tweetjies, Christo en Christa. Christo het toe self baie goed beginne hardloop, en,  hy het ook, ná drie jaar wat hy ook onder die topvyf van Suid-Afrika gaan hardloop. Christo se boetietjie, en daar’s Martin, daar doer sit hy. Hulle twee het ’n baie noue pad met ons beginne stap. Die pa is non-existing, drank, weet amper nie hulle exist nie, en hulle ma is toe ook twee jaar, nou twee, drie jaar gelede is hul ma aan brein-TB oorlede, so die kinders was sonder … hulle was wees, hulle’t net, hulle het rigting gesoek. En hulle, al tweetjies, al drie wat daar sit, het al SA topvyf gehardloop, onder die eerste vyf van Suid-Afrika gekom.

Verstaan jy, ’n kind kom uit HOP-land uit, en nou lê die hele wêreld vir jou oop. Die hele wêreld lê vir jou oop. Uhh, Christo is, eenkeer is hy ’n beurs aangebied bo by Tukkies,  wat hulle hom wou gekoop het, kom hardloop nou vir ons, dan sit ons vir jou in ’n top- Afrikaanse skool in Pretoria en jy hardloop vir ons, ons betaal jou studies, en ons gee vir jou duisend vyfhonderd rand ’n maand sakgeld. Ek bedoel, dis, en ek sê vir hom, Cor, wat moet ek maak? Ek sê vir hom: “Put, ek sal vir jou wys, die Here het niks gewys nie, toe gee die Here vir my die antwoord, en die antwoord is donkies hardloop agter wortels aan, maar dissipels hardloop agter God se woorde.” Moenie agter geld aan hardloop nie, jy gaan gedruk word op ’n stasie, jy gaan alleen wees, en die antwoord was nee. Hy’s een van my topatlete, daar’t nog outjies bygekom, daar kan jy (onhoorbaar 06:38) sien, ná vyf jaar wat ons hardloop, vyf van hulle wat op SA toe gegaan het. Ek bedoel, vir ’n klein plekkie soos Clanwilliam,  dit maak ons in totaal, ek het nou al sewe kinders wat op nasionale vlak gaan meeding, en nie net gaan hardloop om deel te neem nie, kompeterend gaan meeding daar. Wat ons die manne kan pak gee, hoor.

Hierso is die verhaal van ons,  Boland, die Boland-sytjie, ons het eers Boland-liga gehardloop, daar’s al die ou foto’tjies, en die artikels wat daarvan gebeur het, atletiek en landloop. Daar waar die kinders kleure gekry het. Hierso is ook ons eerste Hardloop vir die Here-klere, wat ons, ekskuus tog, borge gekry het. Rooibos en nog gelowige mense wat vir ons gehelp het om hierdie mooi klere vir die kinders te kan gee, net om hulle lewens te verryk.  hier kan jy nog spanfoto’s sien, hierso kan ek vir jou enetjie wys miskien, eerste jaar, toe’t ons enetjie in die Boland-span, die tweede jaar toe staan ek met ses kinders in die Boland-span. Ons derde jaar, toe staan ons met nege, maar vierde jaar, sestien. Verlede jaar het ons oorgeskakel na die Weskus-liga, dis bietjie nader vir ons, en kos het net bietjie gewoon, ons wil graag plattelandse sport ontwikkel, help ontwikkel, meer hardloop hier kry, en daar kan jy die foto’s sien. Twintig kinders, een, ses, nege, sestien, twintig, en,  hierdie jaar moet die Here maar vir ons wys waar ons gaan hardloop, ons bid nog vir sy leiding en openbaring.

Dis ’n voorbeeld van hoe die Here lewens kom verander het, waar ek op ’n einde gekom het, ek was self lief vir hardloop, Comrades, Two Oceanse, dié goeters gedoen, en dit is vir my lekker gewees, en hoe dit na kinders toe oorgedra word, want kyk hoe’s hulle lewens verander. As hierdie kinders vandag ’n CV gaan aanbied, Christo is by Augsburg (?? 08:28) is by, het vir haar ’n sportbeurs van vyf jaar aangebied, en as die vyf jaar verby is, dan gaan die sportbeurs aan as jy wil gaan studeer. Dit is ’n hele kind se lewe verander, van daar, tot daar waar sy vandag is.  Christo se lewe, elkeen van hierdie kinders se lewe is regtig radikaal, as hulle vandag ’n CV gaan indien, dan’s dit nie net sportprestasies wat tel nie, op daai muur het hulle, die goedjies is al afgehaal, al die sertifikate. Ook akademie-gewys, ons ondervind, as kinders hardloop, hy’s aktief, hy’s gefokus, kry afleiding. Hy kry ander goeters om te sien, ander wêreld, dan verander sy skoolpunte ook. Ek het dit by Christo gesien, ek kan vir jou hier een van my kinders noem, die outjie wat nou hier gemop het, Riaan, en ek wil niks oor sy ouers wil ek sê nie, want dan klink dit ek is beter, en ek het lelike, slegte goed gedoen, maar dit was nie ’n mooi lewe nie. Sy ma bly vandag, sy het ook nie, ’n drinkery gehad, sy ma bly vandag by ons in die huis en sy help versorg vir ons die kinders. Pa het nog lelike goeters, gevangenis, en dagga, en ander lelike goed.

Dis die omstandighede van die kind, dis die leiding wat die kind moet kry. Elf jaar, of twaalf jaar gelede, hy was elf jaar oud, toe sien ek, maar jy, jou skoolpunte is nie baie goed nie, jy’s maar so by dertig persent en veertig persente, jy sal moet leer, en jy sal moet ’n sukses maak van dit. En weet jy, daai kind het beginne leer, en toe hy sekondêr, in matriek kom, toe’s hy een van die twee toppresteerders in sy matriekjaar. Ons kyk vir hom dat hy hulp kry by UNISA, en soos hy vanmôre hier staan, hy’s drie jaar suksesvol by UNISA klaar voltooi, en hierdie jaar wat kom, wat nou is, maak hy sy graadkursus klaar, en dan praat ek nie net van graadkursus klaarmaak nie, ek praat van vakke slaag met onderskeiding. Hy’t nou amper sy derde jaar drie van sy vakke met onderskeiding geslaag. En,  dan, meester Fortuin het klaar met hom, gesê, man, as jy klaar is, ons het vir jou nodig hierso. So, ons vertrou maar dat die Here vir hom lei en of dit miskien nog bietjie moet, honneurs- of meestersgraad nog wil aangaan, want hy’t nie gesinsverpligtinge nie, jy’t nie beursverpligtinge nie, jy het ook nie lenings nie, jy word versorg, en hy moet, hy’s gelukkig, hy’s tevrede. Hy’t sy lisensie gekry, die eerste in sy familie wat met ’n bakkie kan rondry, waarnatoe ons ook al wil ry, ek kan hom stuur Kaap toe, waa’n’toe ook al. Dit het die kind se hele lewe verander. Jy’t gestap. Dit was armoede. Dit was honger. Dit was lelike woorde, dit was, dit was net alles wat teen jou getel het, en dis wat die Here ingekom het en jy ook die dinge in jou gunstiger begin ervaar het.

Ek sien uit na die pad voorkant toe, Patrick. Dis so lekker om in ons gemeenskap, Clanwilliam, kan ek vir jou sê, dit is ’n uitsonderlike gemeenskap, ek dink ons is een van die tien oudste dorpe het ek verstaan in die land, en  maar ek dink ons het ’n verskriklike ryk geskiedenis. En ek speel maar ’n klein roltjie om kinders ook uit ’n swaarkry-, ouer bedeling te vat na ’n nuwe bedeling. En die ondersteuning wat ons kry uit ons gemeente uit, ons is by die NG Kerk op die dorp, daar woon ons by, baie ondersteuners van ons is daar, met sulke oop harte. Joe, ek staan net verslae as ek vir mense vra, luister, ons wil graag in Pretoria gaan hardloop, ons kort ’n bietjie brandstof, dan gaan mense se harte en dan gaan dit net oop, en sê vir ons, gaan hardloop, hulle kan die kinders sien as hulle elke Sondag in die kerk is, so ons het, ons het ’n beginsel daaroor, ses dae gaan ons oefen, skoolwerk doen en hardloop, en die sewende dag, dan gaan ons almal saam kerk toe, dat die gemeente kan sien, hierso is julle en julle lewens verander, so ek sien uit daarna en ja, baie dankie vir die geleentheid.