11. Sep, 2017

The Griqua Royal House has embarked on this weekend of the 8th – 10th September 2017 to empower the Griqua people with innovative and inclusive sustainable ideas informing the policies on economics and land issues. This summit was self-sponsored without government financial support and was well attend by representatives from various provinces accept Free State.

The Griqua Royal House Administration ensured that the principle leaders in various provinces like Kaptein Minnie Barendse, Kaptein Johannes Waterboer and the !Xu leader Atomower Kekenge. It is with great sadness that Kaptein Johannes Kraalshoek council couldn’t make it due to a sudden death in his family.

The reason for the economic & land summit is to address the poverty and unemployment of the Griqua people to become self-sustainable. It was with sadness that we discovered that the government of the day doesn’t have the ability to generate jobs and relief poverty. The social economic problems has increase crime and the only way to decrease crime is to address poverty.

We discuss the following:
1. Lack of education
2. Lack of skills
3. Poor planning
4. Lack of opportunity
5. Lack of vision
6. Lack of ambition
7. Lack of resources
8. Unemployment
9. Non-support of communities
10. Negative mind-sets
11. Lack of communication

The conference has decide to alleviate poverty is to change the mind-set of the Griqua people. Bring back adopt a child, your child is my child. The vibrancy and enthusiasm of the delegates is contagious and they are raring to employ the ideas to uplift the Griqua to advance self-esteem and empowering themselves with existing help from any additional external help from private sector and government with the motto “nothing for us without us”. The engagement with the state is to assist with internship, learner ship and bursaries. The Seta’s should speed up the accreditation processes for the people who apply for accreditations on skills development programmes.
The conference has decide that the Griqua people avail themselves to work closely with government and the private sector to alleviate poverty.

The Griqua people has lost their land due to the Sandveld convention of 1852. The British government had decided that no native must have land. The old Free State laws were formed and therefor the Free State lands were taken away, East Griqua land and Griqualand west in 1871. Today the Griqua’s still struggle to get their land back, portions of land was given to individuals without water and mining rights. This is discrimination against the inhabitants of the land and the injustices of the past need to be address properly. Government must speed up the process on land reform and land restitution.

Aaron Martin William Messelaar
Head of Administration
High Commissioner
mOBILE 0789922722

Celebrating of 20 years of democracy

Ms Sylvia Lukas Premier of the Northern Cape Province will deliver a key note address and unveil the monument in commemoration celebration of the life of the apartheid recognised Griqua Captain Adam Kok IV, 125 years after his birth. This icon was part on the establishing of the ANC in 1912.
The Griqua Royal House organises the event in commemoration of their freedom fighter and leader, Kok, this occasion will be attended by dignitaries of Namibia and Botswana on the 11th October 2014
Adam Kok IV was born the 4th October 1889, at Knoffelvalley, later known as Campbell. He was the eldest son of Abraham Kok and Margaret Steenkamp. His brother was Gert Kok. Adam was an ambitious young brilliant but humble guy. He was raised very religious due to griqua customs. He married Cornelia (Meid) Visazie in 1929. They have ten children together, but only two daughters are still alive and they will attend the event. Due to the apartheids regimes law, the community was moved on several occasions, but his last house where both passed on, is still in the original form as it was when they was still alive but his baby daughter Sara (Kok) Naidoo resided.
On the 22 June 1936 the magistrate of Douglas has inspected the building on the lot of Bartlett, referred to as the “DIE OU GRIEKWA KERK’’, find him there. He stated that he was born in 1889, distinctly remembered used by his fore-fathers as a church when he was a child, the magistrate declare that the building was 90 years old. In January 1955 there was an appointment of far reaching importance and consequence to the Anglicans (an indeed, the people of all denominations) of the Griqua community at Campbell. The appointment of Captain Adam Kok IV, hereditary chief of the Griqua people, as senior catechist at the Griqua Church, the oldest existing church in South Africa north of the Orange River and an historical monument was welcome by the Griqua nation and seen as an achievement. This assuming old gentlemen that time 75 years, white haired and quite yet one of the most forceful preachers in the vast area which his forebears once owned, was the present head of the ‘’family clan Kok’s and he is by birth and obviously the head of the Royal Family of the Griqua people’’. This occasion by celebration Captain Adam Kok IV achievement has made his church and congregation a model and an example of what sincere, humble and forthright leadership can do recalls to mind the little-known but historically momentous part played by the Kok’s of Campbell in the story of Griqualand West. His is a descendant of Cornelius Kok II. The life and history of the distinctive Khoisan descendants, culture of the Khoisan nation and languages are still preserved under difficulties. The restoration of traditional communities and their influence in the future will play a big role in the respective municipal areas, as currently emphasized in a Bill ("Traditional Affairs Bill") for consideration.
The celebrations will start at 10:00 with the traditional dancers then proceed to the cemetery where the unveiling will precede the address by the Premier Sylvia Lukas and attend by various Khoisan’s.
For enquiries: Aaron M.W. Messelaar 021 932 9901/078 992 2722

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20.05 | 15:46

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17.05 | 03:46

I am researching my Great Great Grandfather Missionary Christoph Andreas Sass who married an Orlam Kaaitjie Engelbrecht in Silver Fountain 1817. Any help please

17.05 | 03:33

I am doing research of my Great Great Grandfather Christoph Andreas Sass who was a missionary in Namaqualand from 1811 and moved to Captain Cornelius Kok's Kraa

15.05 | 14:16

Thanks Joe

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