A letter from Sjaak Govaarts

Mij Suid-Afrikaans is na 46 jaar nie meer so baie goed nie, dus ek skrijf in Engels.

I am Sjaak Govaarts, born 19th December 1957 in the Netherlands and our family emigrated to Sasolburg South Africa in September 1967 where mij father worked for SASOL as a principal chemical engineer.

I matriculated Sasolburg High School in December 1974 and that is also the month we returned to the Netherlands. In 1975 i started my Medicine Study at the University of Nijmegen and are still working as a doctor assessing disability of employees. Planning to retire at the end of next year.

I am married and sadly we have no children, but that is since many years not an issue anymore. We have been to South-Africa on an organized holiday twice (2013 and 2014). Since these vacations the need to get in contact with “old friends” is growing stronger every year, hence this message.

Hoofseun 1974 was Jan Steyn, hoofdogter 1974 Sandra vd Bergh. Other friends are Rodney Dry, Ursula Wessels, Peiter Louw, Trixie vd Merwe, Ada Lamprecht, Nicolene Maas, Michael Dreyer, Sanmarie Potgieter, Eugene Gill, Peter, Paul and Mark Hill, Hennie Wiggett, Francien Heymann, Esmé vd Merwe, Aletta de Beer, Conrad Wiehahn, Paul Stewart, Francois Reyneke and many more….

I would very much like to get in contact so that perhaps we can organize a reunion sometime in Sasolburg.

Many kind regards,

Sjaak Govaarts

Felix Ruttenlaan 111

6132 CW  Sittard

The Netherlands

0031-464528766 or mobile 0031-620619972

private: j.govaarts1@kpnplanet.nl

work: jac.govaarts@uwv.nl


I’ve been neglecting this site a bit, I’m sorry to say. This winter (coming soo  here in Europe) I will try to improve some photo’s and add more class photos.

If your class photo is missing here, please send it to me through the contact form, I’ll put it in the page school photos. If you have any other photos which would be interesting for us, please send them too!

Also I would like to change the banner on top of this site, so if anyone has a nice sharp photo? …


Where do we all live today?

Hereunspecified-8 is a map where you can see where all members of the Facebook group live today. If you are not on the map yet, please add yourself.

We already have a spreadsheet and Facebook posts where people are adding where they live today.
Now I found something which makes it much easier to see where all people from Sasolburg live nowadays:
It works like this: click on the link. Then on: See Map. Then you click on the three stripes in the left top corner and click on ADD. Fill in your name and where you live (or current location, (JUST YOUR TOWN, NOT THE EXACT ADDRESS) and choose a pin color. Good luck!


Long time no see!

Hi everyone, sorry I was absent for a while. But now I added a new search request by Chris Els who is looking for some people already a long time, which you will find here. Please go to this page and look through all the requests en see if you are being looked for or perhaps know where the missing person is hiding!

Soon I will add some class photo’s again, so keep coming and see all the the photo’s, memories and other old Sasolburg info.

Don’t forget that you can contribute, so see if you have old Sasolburg photos, class photo’s (which many people loose, so will be so happy to see them), or if you have some  stories about how you spent your youth in Sasolburg. There are many stories already, if you want to get inspiration, look here.