Religion: Dutch Reformed Church
Born on Schoongezicht.Lived at Lindeshof Stellenbosch till 1946.Retired to a Gordonsbay.Died at the Bailey's home where he was being treated for Mick. Lindeshof, Director Stellenboschh Board of Directors, Boland Bank, Rosebank Show, Winshaw
COLONEL JOHAN VVICHT, until 1946 esteemed resident of Stellenbosch and since of Gordonsbay, died Thursday evening, June 2, at the home of his son-in-law , Dr.L MJ Bailey He was 78.Cremation will take place on Monday, June 6, in the Mother Church in Stellenbosch with a memorial service by prof.FJM Potgieter attended by many old friends and family.
Colonel Henry Wicht was a true Capetonian and the blood of well-known Cape families flowed in his veins. His father bought the farm Lanzerac before 1900 (then known as Schoongezicht) when it stretched as far as Mostertsdrift and road to Jonkershoek.He farmed there until he died in 1908. Col.Wicht, as eldest son, continued farming until 1922 when he sold the farm and moved into the home Lindeshof in Stellenbosch. The home is today the site of the women's residence, Heemstede. His father, as did he after him, open their doors for Matjie students and ex- students all over the country still remember their hospitality and memorable gatherings at the Wichts.
Col. Wicht's Grandfather was a well-known businessman in Cape Town, and served on the City Council. Until his death in 1967 he was a member of the Cape Parliament.He particularly well known for for the role he played in drafting of a constitution that for Cape Colony his spirited contribution to the Anti-Convict Agitation Campaign.
Col. Wicht's interest in public affairs he inherited from his father who was for six years member of the Stellenbosch City Council and later the village of Gordonsbay
For 20 years he was a member can the Executive Council of the Agricultural Union of the Western Province and also served on District Council and School Board of Stellenbosch.He represented the constituency, Hottentots Holland, in the Provincial Council representative.Earlier he was a member of the Board of South African Broadcasting Corporation.He was a director of several companies, including Boland Bank.
COLONEL JOHAN HENDRIK WICHT, a prominent Stellenbosch farmer and former Governor of the South African Broadcasting Corporation. died at Gordon’s Bay on Thursday. aged 78. A past president of the Stellenbosch Agricultural Society, Colonel Wicht represented organized agriculture at many Congresses. He lived at Stellenbosch from 1920 to1946 before retiring to Gordonsbay.
He campaigned in South West Africa during World War I and in 1934 helped form the Western Province Regiment. After ·volunteering for active service in 1940, he served as fortress commander at Saldanha Bay and Walvis Bay. He was a director of the Stellenbosh Board of Executors and member of the municipal council for 6 years. For 20 years he was a member of executive council of the Western Province Agricultural Union.
He leaves a wife, three daughters and a son. The funeral is at the Dutch Reformed Moeder Kerk in Stellenbosch at 2.30 pm on Monday.
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