Professor Gert ‘Jakes’ Johannes Gerwel

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Biographical information

Synopsis:

Author, teacher, leading intellectual, member of the ANC and Director-General in the presidential office of Nelson Mandela.

Title: 
Professor
First name: 
Gert “Jakes”
Last name: 
Gerwel
Date of birth: 
18 January 1946
Location of birth: 
Kommadagga, Eastern Province (now Eastern Cape)
Date of death: 
28 November 2012
Location of death: 
Kuils River Hospital, Cape Town, Western Cape

Gert Johannes “Jakes” Gerwel was born 18 January 1946 in the town of Kommadagga in the district of Somerset East, Eastern Province (now Eastern Cape). While growing up on a sheep farm, Gerwel attended a church-based farm school, followed by secondary school at London Missionary Society Institution, and he eventually matriculated at Paterson High School in Port Elizabeth. Gerwel then attended University of Western Cape (UWC), where he began his passionate foray into his studies of the Afrikaner language.


References:
• Davis, R., (2012), 'Remembering Jakes Gerwel', from Daily Maverick, 29 November [online], Available at www.dailymaverick.co.za [Accessed: 29 November 2012]
• 
Gerwel, J., 1991-1998. Padraig O’Malley’s Political Interviews, interviewed by Padraig O’Malley, Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
• 
Gerwel, Jakes, (2000) ‘National Reconciliation: Holy Grail or Secular Pact?’ in Looking Back, Reaching Forward: Reflections on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa, ZED Books, pp. 277-286
• Gruchy, John W. de, (2002), Reconciliation: Restoring Justice, (SCM Press: London), pp. 14-15 & 43.
• Trailblazer’s: South Africa’s Champions of Change, (Double Storey Books: Cape Town, 1999), pp.110-115.
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Last updated : 23-Mar-2017

This article was produced for South African History Online on 28-Nov-2012