BOTHA, Angela

(nee Herbert)

24 March 1950 -

BOTHA, Angela and family
ANGELA PATRICIA6 HERBERT (RONALD HAROLD5, HAROLD4, JAMES BROADBENT3, JAMES BROADBENT2, THOMAS1) was born 24 March 1950 in East London South Africa. She married (1) ROBERT JAMES STRANSHAM FORD 2 August 1980 in Bergville Natal. He was born 24 August 1949 in South Africa and died 30 March 2015 in Cape Town. She married (2) Paul Botha 15 March 2012 in Kommetjie Cape Town. She is the daughter of KATHLEEN NORAH7 FLEMMER (MARIUS TOGER6, HANS CHRISTIAN5) born 12 August 1914 in East London South Africa, and died 31 October 1972 in Cape Town South Africa. She married RONALD HAROLD HERBERT 5 April 1940 in East London South Africa, son of HAROLD HERBERT and EDITH HARROP. He was born 13 November 1912 in Wallasey Cheshire England, and died 23 November 1988 in East London South Africa.
Daughter of Ronnie and Kath Herbert, born Mater Dei Hospital, East London, South Africa.
Grew up in Rhodesia, attending the Dominican Convent, Salisbury. I remember happy days of sunshine and close family ties until the age of 10 when we left No. 3 Cambridge Ave, Highlands (now owned by the Dobsons) to live at 36 Abbey Rd, West Kirby in Cheshire.
In England, I attended Upton Hall Convent and was taught by the Faithful Companions of Jesus – an order of nuns from France.
We were glad to return to Africa, this time Cape Town, in 1963. We lived in Capri Rd, St James and I went to School at the Star of the Sea Convent matriculating as a boarder and prefect after my parents went to live in Zambia in 1966.
I attended Natal Technical College for 3 years and attained a 1st Class Diploma in Fashion after which I lived in London, returning because of my mother’s illness. I worked for CAPAB. Devastated by her death in 1972, I went to work in Rhodesia during the war. I met Robin Ford in 1973. At 24 years of age, he was the youngest major in the army. Our son was born in 1976 at the Mater Dei Hospital, Bulawayo and named after Robin’s best friend, Michael Ainslie, who had been killed in the war that year. We had a daughter, Felicity, born at St Thomas’ Hospital, London in 1985 and a second son, Berkeley, born at the Avenues Clinic, Harare, Zimbabwe in 1990. This completed the family.
I divorced Robin in 2000 having changed my surname to Taylor by deed poll in 1997. Whilst living in London  (1980-1985) I worked as a merchandise manager for Puma and travelled on business to USA, Europe and Far East, whilst juggling career, parenting and household.
From London, Harare became our home. During the 13 years we lived there my beloved Father died in the Mater Dei Hospital, East London. Life became very difficult from 1996 onwards and we finally were forced to abandon Zimbabwe and take refuge in Cape Town in 1998, supported by my two brothers Pad and Steve.
I am recovering from bipolar disorder and the children have settled well – 2001 Cape Town.
Update August 2015
After my second son, Berkeley had left home in Fish Hoek, I met Paul Botha in 2010. We married on 15th March 2012 and honeymooned in Zimbabwe. We live in and work from our home in Kommetjie, Cape Town. Paul is an Events Organiser and Surfing Journalist. I research for him and run an accommodation business. Paul still surfs at age 66. Between us we have 6 adult children; 2 women and 4 men.
We own the Earthwave Festival as well as the Celebrate Life Festival. I run a group on Facebook called Focus On Health Expo. Every year we travel to Jeffrey’s Bay and manage to see Margie and Duncan Mc Bean. We live a wonderfully peaceful and healthy life and are very happy with it
Ainslie Ford 7th November 1976 - Born Mater Dei Hospital, Bulawayo
Attended Hill House School, London until age of 11 years and thereafter, Harmann House and St George’s in Harare attaining 6 A leves in 1994. Ainslie is at present working for a magazine publishing company and at night is a Disc Jockey. He lives in Rosebank, Cape Town.
Felicity Taylor 24th April 1985 - Born St Thomas’ Hospital London
Born Felicity Ford to Robin and Angel Ford. Mother’s surname changed by Deed Poll 1997.
Felicity attended Dominican Convent in Harare for her junior school, where she was a “joy to teach”. Her senior school is Wynberg Girls High, Cape Town and she is in Grade 10. Her results are fine and she is in line to be a prefect. She is gregarious and happy.
Update October 2015
Whilst in Matric at Wynberg Girls High School in 2004, she received a Fulbright Scholarship to go to study at a US University. Instead she studied and supported herself by working. She chose Leeds University and graduated in 2010 with a 2:1 BA Honours Degree in Linguistics and Phonetics.
She has worked in the Hospitality Industry, done a lot of Administrative work, she is a volunteer at the British Postal Museum & Archive in order to become an archivist, whilst working at the Royal Borough of King Upon Thames Council as a PA. She has been offered a career at Kensington Palace.
She has shared her life with Jack Ellery, a Maths Graduate from Leeds Uni for 6 1/2 years, and lives in Twickenham.
Berkley Taylor 26th November 1990 - Born Avenues Clinic, Harare, Zimbabwe
Born Berkeley Ford to Robin and Angel Ford. Mother’s surname changed by Deed Poll 1997.
Berkeley attended St Michael’s School, Harare for two years before attending Star of the Sea Convent School in Cape Town, where he is presently in Grade 5 and doing well. He is a Cub and loves the sea.


Fifi Rugby Twickenham
Angela and Paul
Duncan, Margie & Angela
Fifi and Jack
Paul Botha