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Abdul Kader Thokan, also known as Gauroo Thokan. Born in 1855 and died in 1939 in Walwati. Married Kulsum Wasgaray from Tol. He performed Haj in 1928. Originally Thokans are from a village called Pandier, due to the Shivaji wars Abdul Kader migrated to a village called Vahoor, he made several trips on a ship to Mauritius as a trader. On one of the trips he met a Mr. Boolay. Mr. Boolay persuaded Abdul Kader to migrate to a coastal village called Walwati. He came to South Africa via Delagoa Bay in 1893 and worked his way as a timber merchant to Johannesburg. He was instrumental with Mr. Boolay in building the present mosque in Walwati.

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Thokan Family Centenary Book  

The history and documentation of the Thokan Families arrival in South Africa from 1895 to 1995.

Thokan Family Centenary Book  

The history and documentation of the Thokan Families arrival in South Africa from 1895 to 1995.

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