I am the 59-year-old (in September 2020) son of Wentzel, Christoffel "Wennie" de Smidt and Hendrina Elzabe "Henna" de Smidt (nee Cronje).
I attended Laerskool Vredelus (Bellville, 1967), Laerskool Welgemoed, Laerskool Fairlands, Laerskool Durbanville, Laerskool Boskop before matriculating at Hoërskool Linden in 1978.
I have three degrees: a BA (Law) and Hons (Journalism), both from the University of Stellenbosch, and a Master's in Homeopathy from the Durban University of Technology.
I was married to Tania de Smidt (nee Beytell) until 2002.
We have two children: Katinka de Smidt (b 30.11.1992, Durban) and Jean Alexander Beytell de Smidt (b 18.10.1995, Durban).
I have mostly worked as a journalist and am currently a text editor at Business Day.