Cecil Morgan was born in 1908 in the Willowmore district. With ten Sterlings as pocket money, he moved to Cape Town to study medicine. However due to a bad wool harvest he had to stop his studies and start a job as a clerk at Standard Bank. He then worked in the advertising department of the Cape Argus before he bought his first farm called ‘Soete Inval’ in the 1940s.
This vegetable farm was situated west of Kuilsriver and was later developed into light commercial industry and now carries the name ‘Kaymore & Sunnyside’.
In 1955 he bought ‘Hammansvlakte’, east of Kuilsriver, and farmed dairy, chickens, pigs and cattle.
He also studied opera in Rome, Italy. Getting the lead role in Othello was his greatest achievement, as can be seen in the newspaper clipping below.
The Cilmor Trust was founded in 1996 when Cecil passed away.
The farm ‘Hammansvlakte’ is being urbanised into various developments, including ‘Die Oude Spruit’, ‘Klaradyn Old Age Home’, ‘Veritas’, ‘Chenin’ x 2 (convent quarters), ‘Rubernet’, ‘Sauvignon’ and ‘Sonkring’. The new retirement villages, ‘Othello’ and ‘Burgundy’ – boasting approximately 2000 units – are also underway with marketing in full swing.
Klaradyn consists of 353 homes, 96 apartments and an administration building. It is most likely the largest retirement village in the country with great potential for capital gain. The development took around four and a half years to complete and the cornerstone of the Cecil Morgan Centre was inaugurated by his daughters, Cecile and Gerda.
In the early 1980’s, Mr Coen Roux took on the role as Cecil’s financial adviser. Later two of Cecil’s grandchildren, Pierre and Phillipus van der Merwe became trustees of the Cilmor Trust. Today the two of them, together with Wim Roux (the late Coen Roux’s wife) represent the Trust.