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- The Holy Bible -
||My name is Conrod Mercer,
yes that's right, Conrod with an 'o'.
You may think that a strange name for anyone to have, particularly as
it is the abbreviated term for a connecting rod, but then again, I
have been called worse names before; names that I cannot repeat in
polite company. If you prefer you can call me Con or
alternatively Murch - whatever floats your boat.
A Mercer is or was a seller of fine cottons and
silks and I am sure that in the distant past my ancestor, the one who took the
surname Mercer, probably sold finery to the ladies of the day.
I am a Safety, Health, Environmental & Quality
(SHEQ) Manager for an Engineering Company here in South Africa and have
implemented and am maintaining an ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System. I
am working on implementing an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and and OHSAS Health and Safety
Management System within the company, so somewhere along the line, I have
moved away from the family silk selling business.
||I was born on the 6th August
1956, making me a Leo.
|If you are more inclined to
believe in Chinese horoscopes, I am a monkey.
I do not subscribe to astrology, Chinese or other.However,
if you do, then you probably know me already.
I was born in a small town named Springs in
what was the old Transvaal Province but is now a part of the Ekurhuleni
(meaning place of peace) Metropolitan Municipality. Springs is about 50 km
away from Johannesburg, South Africa.
I live in Brakpan, the neighboring town
to Springs, and have done so for most of my life, with brief moves to
other cities and towns in South Africa, but have always returned to my roots.
To see a satellite map of
Brakpan and surrounds, please press the button below
Despite the current problems, I am proud to be a
South African and being optimistic, I believe that we have the potential to
become a great nation and will eventually get there. It is of course
unfortunate that in the process there is much unemployment and as a result an
increase in crime.
I am a typical South African, if you get such an
|I enjoy clear skys|
|Braaivleis, or barbeque as it is known around
which is similar to American Jerky in that both are dried meat, but with
subtle and significant differences.|
game played by gentlemen and watched by hooligans|
a game played by hooligans and watched by gentlemen, or should that be the
other way around?|
I am a widower, having lost my wife
in August 2007 and am still trying to come to terms with this devastating
loss. I have three step-sons and have tried to help them to become well
balanced contributing members of society.
Some of my "other"
I am passionate about genealogy, the study of
families and family history or getting to the root of the problem.
|I have been researching my own family for
some 20 years now and I discover something new each and every day.|
|I was the national president of the
Genealogical Society of South Africa (GSSA) between 1993 and 1996,
stepping down to allow new blood and new ideas to come onto the
|I was previously a member of and the
president of the Southern Transvaal Branch of the GSSA.|
|I try to help people who would like to
trace their own roots, particularly here in South Africa.|
If you are interested in South African genealogy
why not visit my South African Genealogy Home Page,
or email me.
My other passion is reading though my tastes run
more to thrillers and adventure novels, such as those written by Alistair
MaClean, Robert Ludlum and Hammond Innes. Another favourite author is James
|If you want to read a good book about South
Africa, try and get hold of "The Covenant, by James A Mitchener.|
|Another good book by Mitchener is "The
I also enjoy Jeffrey Deaver, Tammi Hoad,
Patricia Cornwall, Kathy Reichs and a multitude of other authors, but won't
get into a long discussion in order to prevent boredom from setting in. Yours
I enjoy a good game of chess and although I have
tried IRC Chess, I still prefer the feel of the wooden pieces in my hand and
being able to see my opponent. Scrabble is another firm favourite and I
consider myself to be a bit of a Trivial Pursuit buff.
My musical tastes run more to the likes of Queen,
Pink Floyd, UB40 and Dire Straits. I still enjoy the older groups like Deep
Purple, Black Sabbath and Jethro Tull, while the Moody Blues and Bob Dylan
are fine for easy listening.
Finally I like to meet people and go to new and
exciting places, primarily within the borders of this fine country of ours.
I would recommend South Africa as a
If you have any other questions about South
Africa, about South Africa or about Genealogy, please feel free to ask me
and I will help where I can.
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This page last updated 27 April
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