Hon. Gysbert Reitz Hofmeyr, CMG

Born:Feb 12 1871 In:  Riversdale
Died:Mar 12 1942 (at age 71)In:  Kaapstad
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Immediate family

Ydie Louise Dankwertz Hofmeyr (born Nel)
His wife
Dr. Harold Osmond (Pal) Hofmeyr
His son
Dr. Roland Hofmeyr
His son
Magdalena Christina Grace Retief (born Hofmeyr)
His daughter
Jan Hendrik Smuts (Jack) Hofmeyr
His son
Ydie Nel Pauline Tromp (born Hofmeyr)
His daughter
Ydie Pauline Nel Tromp (born Hofmeyr)
His daughter
Gysbert Reitz Hofmeyr II
His son
Jan Hendrik Hofmeyr
His father
Christina Jacoba Hofmeyr (born van Zyl)
His mother
William (Willie) Henry Hofmeyr
His brother
Jacoba Isabella Hermina Koen (born Hofmeyr)
His sister
Johannes (Jan) Tromp Hofmeyr
His brother
Maria Adriana Oosthuizen (born Hofmeyr)
His sister
Christina Jacoba van der Merwe (born Hofmeyr)
His sister
Stephanus Johannes Hofmeyr
His brother
Petrus (Pieter) Jacobus Hercules Hofmeyr
His brother
Nicolaas Jacobus Hofmeyr
His brother
Elizabeth Jeanetta van der Merwe (born Hofmeyr)
His sister
    

Work

Administrator Of South West Africa

Biography

 

Gys was born in Riversdale where his father, Jan Hendrik, a cousin of Onze Jan, was a farmer. As a boy he worked on the farm and only had three years of formal education. By dint of home schooling he

matriculated and in 1894 was appointed assistant-magistrate in Outshoorn. Later he served as a magistrate in both Malmesbury and Stellenbosch, where he furthered his legal studies at Victoria College

after hours. In 1901 he went into parliamentary service in Cape Town. In 1907 he became a member of the newly formed Transvaal Legislative Assembly, and in 1909 he was the secretary of the Transvaal d

elegation to the National Assembly in London, and between 1910 and 1920 distinguished himself as the president of the House of Assembly of the new Union of South Africa.

 

In 1920 he became the first civilian Administrator of South West Africa, and in 1922 he successfully suppressed the indigenous 'Bondelswart' (Khooisan) uprising in the country. He represented South Af

rica at the League of Nations in Geneva1, and in 1926 after he resigned as Administrator he became a member of the Angola-South West border commission. He was also largely responsible for the extensio

n of the railway both to the coast and to the North of Windhoek.

 

He was known as a good-natured intellectual and an ardent supporter of a unified South Africa. He refused the offer a knighthood in 1910 and was later granted the title of Commander of the Order of St

. Michael and St. George (CMG) and praised by the King for his services to the crown and country. After retirement he carried on as a director of a number of companies and lived out his last years in

the lovely family home, Welgemeend, in the Gardens.

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