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Foy VermaakFoy Vermaak was born and grew up in this once turbulent area. He has accumulated a comprehensive knowledge of the history and customs over the past 50 years. Although soft spoken the manner in which he tells his tales grips the imagination of the listener and makes the events of the battlefields come alive. An English, Afrikaans and Zulu linguist. Foy is a 12th generation South African and his ancestors took part in most of the wars and opening of the present South Africa. Maternal side great grand father was second in command at Blood river with all ancestors having actively taken part. Fought on Boer side in Anglo Boer war as Natal rebels. Foy’s late wife is descended from Dougald Mac Phail founder of the town of Dundee and one of the 17 survivors who escaped from Isandlwana. Sixth generation on family farm from where he operates the Penny Farthing Country House. Guides to Bloedrivier, Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, Hlobane, Talana, Helpmekaar and most Battlefields in and around Ladysmith.
Has a good knowledge of the Canibal history and final battle which happened on his property.

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