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Do You Know the Story of Love and Loss Behind the Danie Theron Monument? Roger Webster Shares It

At the FiresideIn At the Fireside, Roger Webster tells little-known stories from South Africa’s history. Namibiana Buchdepot shared an excerpt from the book in which Webster relates the story behind the Danie Theron Monument opposite Anglo American’s Mponeng Mine.

In the following piece, Webster reveals how Theron lost the love of his life, Johanna Neethling, which “might go some of the way towards explaining what happened on 5 September 1900″, during the Anglo-Boer War.

If you travel down the N12 highway from Johannesburg en route to Kimberley, you will come to a small kopje to the left, and on top of it is a monument to Danie Theron. I remember as a child asking my parents: ‘Who was this Danie Theron?’ and was told that he was somebody who had died in the Anglo-Boer War. Later, as my thirst for knowledge of my country grew keener and my quest for history more acute, I dug up his story. So, for those of you who come across this strangely shaped monument opposite Anglo American s Mponeng Mine and wonder about the story behind it is, here it is.

In 1893 Danie Theron was a junior in a successful legal practice in the town of Krugersdorp (now known as Mogale City) – a serious young man. just starting out in life.

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