Andre Geoffrey Gladwin
|Current Location::||Kempton Park, GP, South Africa|
|Birthplace:||Krugersdorp, West Rand, Gauteng, South Africa|
Son of Rupert George Gladwin and Myra Veronica Van Driessel
About Geoff Gladwin
I market goods, as a merchant would, by selling their products at various exhibitions, events, and shows throughout RSA. Have also done a circuit into Namibia in 2009. I have a team of well trained sales persons, and they are responsible for selling our goods . My sister Jenny, sells products in the Cape Town area, via the same methods. My brother Richard owns company viz. African Butterfly Trading. He employs persons to sell his goods at shows and events in RSA,, and has agents in USA, U.K, Europe, Asia and Australia. Prior to this I worked in the furniture industry, mainly in Gauteng in the JD Group, and many years with Morkels Group, prior to the JD take over; as a store manager. I met my wife Liesie, while in the rag trade " Hepworths " in Kroonstad. At that stage my mom was still residing in Bloemfontein. My Grand father on her side was Hendrik van Driessel. He owned the A1 Cash store in Andries Pretorius street, in Bloemfontein. My late father, Rupert, was the son of Albert George Gladwin, an attorney in Krugersdorp. We spent our youth in Krugersdorp, Magaliesburg, and Bloemfontein. My dad had a farm, in Doornkloof, and later in Maanhaarrand in District Magaliesburg; he owned horses, so we did show jumping, and gymkana, in those days. When our folks seperated in 1974, we left with mommy to Bloemfontein. I matriculated there, at Grey, and left for the " army ". I did basics in Heidelburg, and the rest at the Equestrian center in Potchefstroom. Our Boss man was then Major H.P.X. Stark, a German gentleman from Namibia, employed by the SANDF to train soldiers sent there during the guerilla war... He is a remarkable man, having won the South African Dressage Championships on his Hanovarian bred horse, "Alrich". He was a complete bush tracker, poacher, horseman, and life rescuer of men in the Namib desert; working close with bushman, and having spent most of his life working as a Ranger/tracker in the 19th parallel of South West Africa. I left the army after a 2 year spell in July 1978, and then went to retail, as above.
I have since left A. B. Trading, and now work for myself selling Hair Extensions for Ladies, Roxi Q label, and a desert/mud track for 4WD vehicles, namely : Grip n Go for men....
I've been wanting to do this genealogy thing for ages. ( family tree ). My mom always said, we are related to Napoleon Bonaparte, as her great grandfather is related to a Bernadotte from Nederland.... So glad I got started. I have often wished I had started sooner, when my mom was alive and well, and my granny, whom I lived with in the early '70's, was alive.... however.... I am still looking.