Han­neke van der Merwe

go! Platteland - - MY TOWN -

Re­tired, care­taker at The Bridge Han­neke and her hus­band, who passed away from a heart at­tack only a month be­fore Plat­te­land vis­ited, moved to St Lu­cia from Mid­del­burg in 2013. This was shortly after their only grand­child was killed in a freak ac­ci­dent at the age of 16. “We just had to get away,” she says. “We used to come to St Lu­cia on hol­i­day, and he came with us many times. He’d catch fish with his grandpa. We had so many won­der­ful mem­o­ries.” Han­neke has de­cided to stay in St Lu­cia, and she is the care­taker of three flats at The Bridge. “I will keep busy for as long as I am healthy. It’s safe and quiet here, a real ‘old peo­ple’s town’! I keep busy; I’m not some­one to sit around brood­ing. I of­ten drive to Cape Vi­dal and walk around a bit there.”

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