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Diko van Zyl

Diko van Zyl

Author of historical works on the history of the wine industry,
other agricultural branches and general economic history of the Western Cape
Professor of South African History at Stellenbosch University

Dirk Jakobus (Diko) van Zyl was born on 10 June 1941 in Leipoldtville. After matriculation in Vredendal he studied at Stellenbosch University (MA cum laude, DPhil 1974).
Diko worked as a news reporter at the SABC in Cape Town before joining Stellenbosch University as lecturer in History in 1966 at the age of 24. In 1974 he became senior lecturer in History and in 1978 he was appointed professor of South African History at Stellenbosch University.
After early retirement in June 1996, he was appointed Extra-ordinary Tutor, 1996 - 2000
Since 1996 he is a research consultant for various institutions and business organisations, including the Department of Land Affairs and lawyer firms.
Diko van Zyl lives in Stellenbosch. He is married to Babsie Louw and they have a daughter, Colette.

Former full member of the South African Academy of Science and Arts
Member and later chairman of the History Commission of the South African Academy of Science and Arts, 1980 -1996
President of the South African Historical Society, 1984 1985
National Archives Commission
Editorial boards of the Archives Year Book for South African History and the South African Historical Journal


Rewards by Stellenbosch University for quality tuition, research and publications, 1992 and 1994
Stals Prize for History 1995 for the promotion of and publications on economic history


25 books and other publications, including 9 articles on theoretical, biographical and historiographical topics and 3 economic articles
Major publications:
1974: Die geskiedenis van wynbou en wynhandel in die Kaapkolonie, 1795-1860
1975: Kaapse Wyn en Brandewyn, 1795 - 1860
      The story of South Africa (translated into 5 languages)
1979: Landboumetodes aan die Kaap
      Die geskiedenis van Landbou en die Bedryfslewe van Stellenbosch
1984: Die Van Zyl-familie in Suid-Afrika
1984 -1986: Editor-in-Chief, Heritage Series (6 books)
1986: The Discovery of Wealth: The Advent of the Industrial Revolution in South Africa, 1870-1899
1987: Vineyards and Wine and History in South Africa
      Die ekonomiese ontwikkeling van die Paarl
1988: Die geskiedenis van Kaapse Wynbou
1989: Die geskiedenis van WPK
1990: Langeberg : 50 years of canning achievement, 1940-1990
      Illustrierte Geschichte Südafrikas
1993: Die geskiedenis van KWV, 1918 - 1993
2002: Frans Malan van Simonsig

Text by Diko van Zyl, October 2004

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