Category: History

  • How did South Africa gain independence from the British Empire?

    South Africa is a country located at the southern tip of Africa. It is the 25th-largest country in the world by land area, and with close to 56 million people, is the world’s 24th-most populous nation. The World Bank classifies South Africa as an upper-middle-income economy, and a newly industrialised country. Its economy is the […]

  • how old is south africa

    South Africa is a country located at the southern tip of Africa. It is the size of France and Spain combined and has a population of over 55 million people. The country is rich in natural resources and has a strong economy. South Africa is a democracy and has a strong legal system. The country […]

  • Xhosawars 1840-78

    In 1840, Commander-in-Chief of the Cape Colony garrison, Lieutenant-Colonel Harry Smith, was transferred by the British government to India. The colonists felt that the policies of his successor, Andreas Stockenstroom, were too lenient on the Xhosa and in 1844 the new Governor, Maitland,  repealed Stockenstroom’s policies. This allowed white settlers to enter into Xhosa territory […]

  • Le Shaka Zulu

    Shaka ka Senzangakhona Zulu, (1787-1828) the first king of the Zulus, transformed the amaZulu from a small clan into a nation that held sway over southern Africa between the Phongolo and Mzimkhulu rivers. His statesmanship and vigour in assimilating neighbouring clans, and ruling by proxy through others, marks him as one of the greatest Zulu […]


    News of the massacre at Isandlwana hill had hit Britain hard and in response a flood of reinforcements were sent to Natal. For the renewed offensive Lord Chelmsford fielded 1,000 cavalry, 9,000 infantry and a further 7,000 men with 24 guns, including the first use of Gatling guns. On 3 June the second major attempt […]

  • Tnl Tribesnationslanguages

    “If you talk to a man in a language that he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” Nelson R. Mandela Despite the diversity of the South African languages, it is possible to begin to understand this complex society by viewing language groups […]

  • descendant of dutch or huguenot colonists who settled in south africa

    The Dutch East India Company established a colony at the Cape of Good Hope in 1652. The Dutch settlers, known as Boers, were soon joined by Huguenot refugees from France. These Huguenots had fled religious persecution in their homeland and were given land by the Dutch government. The two groups quickly developed a strong sense […]

  • how did britain treat south africa

    The United Kingdom has had a long and complex history with South Africa. Although there have been times of conflict and tension between the two countries, there has also been a great deal of cooperation and friendship. In recent years, the UK has been a strong supporter of South Africa’s transition to democracy. The UK […]

  • Cecil Rhodes

    Cecil John Rhodes (1853 – 1902) was born to Francis and Louisa Rhodes in Bishop Stortford, England. As a child Rhodes suffered from poor health and his parents decided to send him to join his brother Herbert at his cotton farm in Natal. After a 72-day voyage Rhodes arrived in Durban on 1 September 1870. […]

  • Mapungubwe

    Mapungubwe National Park landscape has outstanding botanical, ecological, geological and geomorphologic merit, with a range of vegetation types associated with the outcrop of cave sandstone, baobab trees, Karoo fossils and ancient rocks nearly three billion years old. Proclaimed a World Heritage Site 2003, the park is referred to as the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape. Artefacts found […]