JP Beukes Jr was born in Volksrust, South Africa in 1947. After he matriculated in Kimberley, he started working in Pietermaritzburg. He obtained an engineering diploma and worked as a railway engineering specialist for The South African Railways for thirty-eight years travelling throughout Africa and beyond the continent. As a travel and photography enthusiast, he travelled the globe pursuing his hobby as a photographer. He is married to Glenda and has two daughters, Natalie and Liesel. He previously published African Wisdom in Verse, Images and Art.