Besembek was given the nickname of Besembek by a drill sergeant during military training after a very funny incident took place on the parade ground. A direct translation of Besembek from Afrikaans to English will be “Broom Mouth” after the beard Besembek has had from the day he left school.
A few years ago Besembek and his wife, also known as “Raasbekkie” (but that is a story for another day), started travelling all over South Africa, doing reviews for a magazine and newspaper. As time progressed they realised that there are more to their road trips than doing reviews on luxurious places of accommodation, and started a travel blog known as Besembek et alia (“Besembek and others”). Besides covering the places tasked by the publications, they also started covering all kinds of interesting places to visit, and also on the lesser-known and off-the-grid spots where one can lay down your head for the night. They also are on an eternal quest to find the best Pap & Kaiings and Omelette in South Africa.
In March 2019 #besembekkie joined the Besembek et alia team after Besembek decided he is not into selfies and needed a clone to fulfil that part. Christa Swanepoel from Vrouekeur agreed to take up a small weekend project and knitted #besembekkie, a “mini-me” of the real Besembek.