All of us love heroes? Whether they wear tight pants, shoot fire from their eyes or dodge bullets, we love their courage, their strength or maybe just their looks. But these are super heroes……those created in the studios of Marvell with 3D animation software – they normally all have a 30 inch waist with a popping six pack , they make mistakes and everyone forgives them in a second and best of all they get to save the world every single day…….what a life! And then there are other heroes – those faces that walk the streets in normal clothes, they can’t shoot bad guys with lasers coming out of their eyes, most of the time they don’t sport a six pack (even if they so wished they could), they come late for meetings and rugby games and they make mistakes – but to us they are the heroes that give us something to talk about! So please do forgive me – this is most definitely not a comprehensive search of ALL the famous heroes of Linden – these are the guys that have made the headlines some way or the other and when you say their names some thought pops to mind. I would really invite you to please add to this list other famous heroes of Linden. After chatting to residents (dankie oom Pieter Heiberg and Wendy in the Linden Library and some other faces in the local Argentinian bakery) here are some of the famous residents of Linden
Albertina Sisulu and her husband Walter – these ANC stalwarts made Linden their home after 1994 and describe the people and the suburb as peaceful and beautiful and way less noisy than Soweto, their previous home town.
Johannes Jacobus Rabie van der Linde, a farmer from Philippolis in the Free State. He co-owned the south western corner of the farm Klipfontein with Louw Geldenhuys (also the name of our local primary school) who gave us their beautiful farms which we today call Linden. Linden Hoerskool (High School) is known as the “x factor producers” of local artists. Famous students and residents are Elvis Blue(Idols 2011 winner), Riaan Cruywagen (famous news anchor) Karen Zoid, Chris Chameleon, Dené Vorster , André Schwartz, actors Gys de Villiers, and Neels van Jaarsveld.
Added to this list is Phillip Moolman and Susan Coetzer who still stay in Linden and own “Die Blouhond” a local restaurant and theatre.
Please do tell us more about past and current heroes that have made Linden great. We would love to make these heroes local visitors to The Whippet! Be sure to look out for my upcoming post on other local heroes (our butchers, our growers, our shop owners and our librarians to name just a few)