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Author: Jozua Serfontein


Jozua Serfontein was born on 5 July 1928 on the farm Hermanuskraal near Witelsbos in the Tsitsikamma. His father worked as a labourer in the plantations of the Department of Forestry.

He started his career as an Extension Officer for the Department of Agriculture at Molteno and worked in different capacities in the Department before departing for further studies to the USA with his family. After completing a PhD at the University of Wisconsin in 1967, he was appointed in several posts consecutively – as Director of Soil Conservation, as Head of the Elsenburg Agricultural College and as Chief Director of Sea Fisheries in Cape Town.

Jozua was co-writer and editor of the history of Elsenburg Agricultural College. After retiring, he was commissioned to write history of Cape Agricultural Show, which was privately published in 1999. He then began to research the book about his birthplace, Tsitsikamma – a task which took the greater part of six years to complete.


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