Photo essay

Bulawayo 1960

Southern Rhodesia: 1960 – 1970

Blane Frederik van Pletzen-Rands (nee van Pletzen) was born in Bradfield, Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) in 1960 to George Harold van Pletzen and Helen Kay Mackie Begg.

The Republic of South Africa: 1970 -1979

Nigel High School Hostel Prefects, 1977

In 1970 he immigrated with his family to The Republic of South Africa and lived at Saint George’s Home for Boys (Bedfordview), Epworth Children’s Home (Germiston), Ethelbert Children’s Home (Malvern) St. Luke’s Home of Healing (Kearsney), Cluny Farm (Witkoppen), Aston Lake (Springs) and Nigel High School Hostel where he matriculated in 1977.

South African Defense Force: 1979 -1981

Riemvasmaak: 1980

Opvok at Riemvasmaak in 1980

Eastern Caprivi

Rifleman van Pletzen — 76418813

From 1979 – 1981 he served during the South African Border War as a Rifleman in the South African Defence Force in Upington (8th South African Infantry), Kimberly (11th Commando) and Katima Mulilo (Sector 70, Civic Action.)

Manchester, England: 1981 – 1983

Elder Blane van Pletzen

From 1981 – 1983 he served a proselytizing mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Manchester, England.

United States of America: 1983 – present

In 1983 he immigrated to Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America. In 1984 he married Lisa Anne Tullis in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their daughter, Esme’ van Pletzen, was born in 1985. He earned his Bachelors degree in 1985 from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and his Master’s degree in 1987 from Utah State University in Logan, Utah.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Deseret News, The (Salt Lake City, UT) - June 23, 1990

He worked for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from 1987 – 1990 as a seminary instructor in the Church Education System at Kaysville High School.

He worked as a professor at Brigham Young University in Laie, on the island of O’ahu, Hawa’i’i from 1990 to 1995.

From 1995 – 2007 he worked as an adjunct professor at Salt Lake Community College, a paralegal and a writer.

Remarriage and return to Anglican Communion

Blane and Scott van Pletzen-Rands

In 2000 he married Scott Edward Rands in KwaZulu-Natal, the Republic of South Africa.

In 2004 he returned to the Anglican Communion and reaffirmed his faith in God’s one holy, catholic and apostolic church. They live in Buffalo, New York, where Blane is an Episcopal Priest and Gregorian Friar with the Brotherhood of Saint Gregory.


6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. boerinballingskap  |  May 11, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    Blane, please watch this video…it made me real sad and I think it’s brilliant.

  • 2. Greg Smith (Ching)  |  November 21, 2007 at 1:17 am

    Hi Blane, From the story of your schooling I can’t help,but ask what happened to your parents? (I hope you don’t mind me asking)
    You spent your youth in The Saint George’s Home for Boys (Bedfordview), Epworth Children’s Home (Germiston), Ethelbert Children’s Home (Malvern) St. Luke’s Home of Healing (Kearsney), Cluny Farm (Witkoppen), Aston Lake (Springs) and then you finally ended up at Nigel High School Hostel .
    I loved being at school there and made my life rich by making friends with the hostel scollars.In fact I still have at least 6 hostel buddies that I see regularly and I live in Cape Town.
    I cut and paste Axel’s song, but I’d like to have the sheet music also, since I,m a musician. Where can I obtain that?
    Cheers for now,

  • 3. Blane  |  November 21, 2007 at 1:53 am

    Hello Ching:

    My parents actually worked in the childcare business. These places reflect their employment history and point to the fact of my disjointed childhood. Every move meant new schools.

    The sheet music for Axel’s anthem can be found in this blog: see and

  • 4. Greg Smith (Ching)  |  November 24, 2007 at 12:03 am

    Howzit Blane,
    Thanx for your reply, it is a pleasant start to my weekend.
    I love the car in the photograph with you as a baby. It’s either a Zephyr or a Zodiac (streight six) with the then state of the art Venecian Blinds in the rear window.
    I am also so relieved to learn that your parents made ‘child care’ their career. It’s extremely honourable, being equipped to do that kind of work. To help the needy is akin to God’s own heart (Jer 22:16).
    Your having had to adapt often as a child must have stood you in good stead as an adult. Perhaps you find it easier to relocate than most people. It sure loox like it, from what you’ve written about yourself.
    Anyway, thanx for the info on Axel’s sheet music. I’m keen to to hear the music, but I guess I’ll have to write it to a Midi file myself to accomplish that.
    Have a marvellous weekend.
    Check out to see what I’m upto this weekend.
    Kind Regards,

  • 5. Linda Mac Millan ne' van pletzen  |  April 16, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Did we not have good looking parents ? I just printed the picture of them holding you as a baby. I saw them in April and they are looking a lot older.

  • 6. David Wilbur  |  April 3, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I just wanted to say hello and I miss you guys!



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