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•••• AREA F O C U S Koppies > CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 moved to Spoorweg Street in 1987 and was upgraded in 2013. HENDRIK DE KLERK Hendrik de Klerk is really part of the community. He was the relationship manager for seven years in the Koppies/Heilbron district and was branch man­ ager for six years before he was transferred to Kroonstad recently. One of his highlights is the 2015 award as Business Unit: Business Offer (B-branch) of the Year. He believes that an open door policy, Christian principles and the four pillars, namely customers, person­ nel, suppliers and head office, are key to success. He was very proud of his staff and he depended on Marina Zitzke, Hanna van den Bergh, Christa Pretorius, Corné Coetzee and Jaco van der Walt in particular. He believes that every branch, including Koppies, has its own atmosphere and he is very sad to leave Koppies. His advice The Century of Grace (Eeu van Genade 1838-1938) memorial of the Ossewatrek, which was celebrated in 1938, is located at the NG Church Moedergemeente. The current Koppies Hinterland branch is the company's third home in the town. The first branch was already opened in the 1960’s after which the branch was relocated at Noord Street with the current branch being erected in 1987 being refurbished in 2013. to staff is to go to work and back home with excitement and a song in their hearts. WELL-KNOWN INHABITANTS The well-known poet, Olga Kirsch, was born in Koppies on 23 September 1924. She printed a number of volumes of verse, which include Negentien Gedigte, Die Soeklig, The Book of Sitrya and Oorwinteraars in die Vreemde. The house where she lived is also still standing. Another well-known writer from the area is Topsy Smith. Older people will remember him as the writer of the youth story Trompie, and the television series which followed the books. He was also the writer of Saartjie, under the nom de plume Bettie Naudé. The older generation will remem­ A Koppies welcome! For years Hendrik de Klerk was the branch manager at Koppies and he recently moved to the Kroonstad branch. 18 JUN/JUL 2017 • SENWES Scenario ber the TV-series in particular, with the song by Anton Goosen, Trompie en die Boksombende. Topsy matriculated in Koppies. Another well-known inhabitant is former Senwes director, Tobie Loubser CHURCHES One of the well-known church­ es in the area is the old NG Church, which was established in 1908, after it broke away from the Vredefort, Heilbron and Kroonstad congregations. The current church was inaugurated on 18 May 1963. The cornerstone of the NG Church Koppies- Weltevrede, was laid on 16 March 1963. EMILY HOBHOUSE A memorial to the school which was operated from 1909 to 1938 was erected at the old NG Church. It was erected to pay homage to the courage of two women in particular, name­ ly Johanna Rood and Emily Hobhouse. TREK BY OX-WAGON A monument to commemorate the Eeu van Genade (1838-1938) which was celebrated in 1938 and which related to the ox-wagon trek, was erected on the old NG Church premises.