I am interested in communicating with
anyone who shares the same genealogical or historical interests.
My family tree is here on WikiTree but it's private.
I am open to communication within the project[s] that I'm working on, and to issues relating to shared personal genealogies (I'm related as most South Africans from European descent are, to the same ancestors). As much as I would like it though, I don’t have time to assist people with their personal research or how-to guidance – particularly when the query bears no relation to the period in which I work. In such instances, even if I at one time researched the period or location of your interest, I haven’t done so for a long time, and so would have to do some research to refresh my own knowledge before helping you. There are many groups populated with experts who can and will help you, just search the internet on your topic of interest.
Before I write my biography I would first want to honor among all of my ancestors over all the generations going back in time, Gaele Andriesz - the first van der Walt in South Africa. He and many other named and unnamed forebears and their descendants have sacrificed, suffered, rejoiced and lived so much, for me to be here in healthy spirits today. 
Other most remarkable progenitor forebears (list to be expanded):
DNA markers Philip van der Walt - Martinet 18 May 2016.
Advance Directive - Digital Afterlife
It may seem morbid, but in the event of my untimely demise I want to be sure that none of my hard work on WikiTree ends up being deleted. "To aid WikiTree in the administration of my account should I be incapacitated, or in the event of my death, I hereby give permission for all private profiles I'm managing to be transferred to the following WikiTreers, whether or not they are currently on the Trusted Lists: Wynand van der Walt ; Eugene Andre van der Walt ; Reinette (Wehmeyer) Hesseling ; Shireen (Pontac) van der Walt ; Angie Oosthuizen (formerly van der Walt). These profiles are not to be deleted because they contain information (i.e. photographs, narratives and other texts) that is important to be saved for posterity; for the children of my brothers and the children of my cousins. As such they are also the property of the next generations."
↑ 2.02.1Gerrit Janse van Deventer and Ariaantje Jacobs were ill with Porphyria. It is likely that one or both of these individuals carried the porphyria gene to South Africa. "The genealogical studies of Dean and Barnes suggested that the gene for the South African form of variegate porphyria was introduced into South Africa in 1688, when two Dutch settlers, Gerrit Jansz van Deventer and Adriaantje Ariens married in Cape Town. This has now been proven: most South African patients carry a single founder mutation, and haplotype analysis of the ancestral chromosomes has confirmed a relationship with Dutch families with variegate porphyria. In the years following 1688 the gene spread widely through the South African population and is common amongst South Africans of Dutch ancestry, whatever their race or home language. - See more at http://www.porphyria-professionals.uct.ac.za/ppb/porphyrias/vp" Source: