About Hermanus

In the early 1800’s farmers in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley decided that their children should be schooled in Dutch, forerunner of Afrikaans. Oftentimes they only remunerated farm teacher, Hermanus Pieters, with sheep which he would graze at a spring under Milkwood trees near the sea.



Hermanus has a long history dating back to the beginning of the 1800’s. Hermanus Pieters is credited with first “finding” Hermanus. He arrived in Cape Town in 1815, as a teacher and trekked eastwards with the first ox-wagons to Caledon, where farming was the major industry.
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