ROUS, Lazelle 'Zellie' 


ROUS, Lazelle Cole :

LAZELLE COLE5 ROUS (MICHAEL-JON COLE4, GRAHAM COLE3, JAMES COLE2, JAMES COOPER1) was born 19 June 1967 in Mater Dei East London. She is the great great grandaughter of ANNA LOUISE6 FLEMMER (CHRISTIAN LUDVIG5) born 28 January 1874 in Cradock South Africa, and died 22 February 1941 in Frances St. Observatory Johannesburg. Anna married JAMES COLE ROUS 26 March 1902 in the DRC Cradock South Africa, son of JAMES ROUS and ALIXA COLE. He was born 25 April 1874 in Pretoria, and died 9 May 1931 in Middelburg.

LAZELLE ROUS also known as Zellie to close family (especially her 5 year old nephew Bradley), is the middle child born to Michael-Jon Cole Rous and Rosemary Pringle (nee Russell) on a Monday morning the 19th of June 1967 at the Mater Dei Hospital in East London. She missed her father's birthday by 4½ hours. 

Michael-Jon was a Dorper sheep farmer in the Middleburg District where Lazelle, her brother Russell and sister Sherry had a wonderful childhood. At the age of 6 - 1973 - she started her schooling in a "Mobile Village" known as Midshaft, which was especially constructed for the building of the Orange Fish River Tunnel. This was a 5 year project and Michael-Jon (also known as Don) worked as a welder to earn extra money. The family were living in a furnished farmhouse in the area during that time. During that year the family moved back to their sheep farm. Lazelle continued her "Sub A" year at Karel Theron Primary School in Middleburg until Std 2. 

From Std 3 - Std 6 Lazelle attended a Boarding School known as Union High in Graaff-Reinet. From Std 7 her mother chose to send Lazelle and her brother and sister to Schools in Grahamstown and she attended school at Victoria Girls High School which was her mother Rosemary's old school until Matric. She matriculated in 1986. 

In 1987 she did a secretarial course at the Grahamstown Technical College. Thereafter in 1988 Lazelle decided to follow in her Aunty Lizanne's footsteps and attended Rosebank Bible College in Johannesburg. After a year at the Bible College she started her working career as a PA and worked at various Companies. Lazelle was very involved with outreach to children and children's ministries in Johannesburg for the following ten years. Her happiest time of working was as a Personal Assistant to the National Transport Manager of Premier Food Industries. She was with the company for 6 years and gained a vast knowledge of the Transport Industry. In 2003 Lazelle moved back to the Eastern Cape and the Town of her birth.

She now resides in East London in a seaside cottage at Quinera Lagoon Estate. She is now working for a Clearing and Forwarding Company based at Daimler Chrysler handling the importation and clearing of vehicles and parts imported from various countries.