Nicolas Johannes (Nic) Beukes was born on August 25, 1945 in Harrismith, Eastern Free State where he spent his childhood. He matriculated in 1963 with distinctions in Natural Science, Accounting, and Mathematics from the local high school where his father taught for many years.

Looking back on a close friendship and professional relationship of more than five decades, it is my pleasure to share memories of our early childhood and school years in Harrismith, and of our years as colleagues starting in a very small Geology Department at the then recently established Rand Afrikaans University (RAU). Both the RAU and...

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