About

I grew up in a small town in the Northern Cape of South Africa. This town was Koegas. It does not exist any more, because the asbestos mine that kept it going closed in 1978. So did the whole town.

I got married to Danie in 1985. We have four children. The twin boys Jaco and Pieter are now 16 and the girls Mandi and Franci are 13 and 11 years old. We lived in Cape Town, and this year, 2011, Danie’s work transfered him (and us) to Paris.

This blog is about our new adventure. I’m writing it maybe for friends and family in South Africa who want to see how we are doing. Or maybe for myself to look back in five years and think “is that how it was?” or maybe “was it that easy?” or “that hard?” Or maybe just to remember:  “oh, I remember that day…” …and maybe have a good laugh.

So, you’re welcome to stay a while and I won’t be offended if you get bored and leave. But maybe on another day you will visit again…

see you soon

sien jou later

à bientôt

Cecily Algera

Please feel free to contact me at cealgera@gmail.com

I see many people find my blog after searching for Koegas mine. I was Cecily Manley and my dad was the school teacher. So, I would love to hear from you. : )

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7 comments on “About

  1. Sondag môre 23 Oktober 7.10 Sien nou net jou nuwe inskrywiing en kyk toe sommer so ‘n bietjie terug oor die paar maande in Frankyk. Vir julle is dit aanpassing en die aanleer van ‘n moeilike taal, wat julle binnekort sal baasraak. Vir my vreeslik interessant om al die fotos te sien, en wens ek kan daar wees. Maar ek geniet die blogg baie. liefde

  2. Hi!

    I also like the photography and you post very good ones on this blog so I’m nominating it as well for the Versatile Blogger Award. I guess you can share the nominations with your other blog.

    Cheers.

  3. Hi,ek is ook n boorling van Koegas,gebore in die 1969 my ma het as ‘n huishulp gewerk vir Mr Jan Jooste en my pa het ondergrond gewerk in die myn. As gevolg van die myn wat toe gemaak het het ons verhuis na Middel Koegas my ouma het daar gewoon,in 1990 het MiddelKoegas ook tot niet gegaan Mr Dawie Coffee wat die eienaar van Rooidam was, was ook die eienaar van Middelkoegas, hy het ook verhuis na Upington toe was daar nie meer ‘n winkeltjie om kruideniers te koop nie daar was ook nie weer ‘n skooltjie of transport vir ons om Marydale toe te gaan nie om kos te koop nie. in die jaar 1992 het ons dan getrek na Niekerkshoop waar ons nou nog steeds bly. Dis so lekker om te hoor van mense wat op Koegas gebly het en wat daarvan praat.Dit was ‘n klein dorpie maar dit was lekker om daar te bly behalwe van die asbestos waarvan ons groot mense dood is van. Ek hoop julle bly ook lekker daar oorkant dis so lekker om te deel van Koegas.
    Dankie Elizabeth Barends

  4. Hallo Cecily,

    Via lielie bij jou en Danie en kids terecht gekomen in jullie Frankrijk avontuur.
    Met de hoop en wens dat alles goed gaat bij jullie stuur ik mijn hartelijke groeten.
    Liefs, Aly

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