My tribute to Quill Hermans

Hermans shows late president, Seretse Khama, the new Pula notes at their launch on July 22, 1976
Hermans shows late president, Seretse Khama, the new Pula notes at their launch on July 22, 1976

Former Bank of Botswana deputy governor, Derek Hudson*, pays tribute to one of the most illustrious builders of Botswana’s economic and financial miracle, Christopher “Quill” Hermans who turns 79 this year

Christopher Lamb (“Quill”) Hermans was born in Cape Town in South Africa on 23rd December 1936.  During his youth, he enjoyed several holidays at his grandfather’s large cattle ranch at the Setlagoli valley outside Mafikeng, and learned a fair amount about the art of cattle farming.

When he was quite small, his elder sister Diana had difficulty pronouncing “Christopher”. She called him “Quillifer”, and the “Quill” nickname stuck.

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