Category: History

  • Anglozulu war 1879

    The Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 remains one of the most dramatic in both British and southern African history, and has been immortalised in at least two feature films, ZULU and ZULU DAWN. In retrospect, the war was provoked by an unwarranted act of British aggression. The Zulu kingdom had first emerged early in the nineteenth […]

  • how many years was nelson mandela president of south africa

    Nelson Mandela served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, and was the country’s first black head of state. He is remembered for his work in ending apartheid, and for his dedication to human rights and democracy. Mandela is an iconic figure in South Africa, and his legacy continues to inspire people around […]

  • Le Cetshwayo

    Cetshwayo’s place of birth was his father’s kraal of Mlambongwenya, near Eshowe. He was born in a very troubled period in the history of the Zulu kingdom. At time of his birth, Shaka Zulu was wielding a very powerful command of the Zulu nation. Cetshwayo’s father was Mpande, half brother to Shaka Zulu. Though Cetshwayo […]

  • Le Sol Plaatje

    Solomon Tshekiso Plaatje (1876 – 1932) was born on the Dornfontein farm in the north-western part of the Orange Free State, some 45km north east of Kimberley. He came from a family with a tradition of contact with Christianity that went back to the 1820’s. He attended the Pniel mission school near Barkly West in […]

  • Rock Art

    Wildebeest Kuil, Northern Cape More than 400 Khoe rock engravings on this spectacular site on the Northern Cape veld. Take the Barkly West road out of Kimberley, just after the turn to Homevale on your right, the Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre is immediately on your left.   Nooitgedacht, Northern Cape Three sections of glaciated […]

  • Voortrekkermonument

    The Voortrekker Monument was designed by architect Gerard Moerdijk, the son of a Dutch teacher and the first South African to be an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The idea to build a monument in honour of the Voortrekkers was mooted as early as 1888, but building didn’t start until 1937. […]

  • Zulu

    The amaZulu were originally a minor clan in what is today Northern KwaZulu-Natal. They were one of many small Nguni tribes and clans that had migrated down Africa’s east coast over thousands of years. By the 18th century, Zulu society encompassed a number of chiefdoms north of the Tugela River. The Zulu homestead consisted of […]

  • Rorkesdrift

    Rorke’s Drift, 64km from Dundee, in KwaZulu-Natal, was a trading post and mission station on the Natal – Zululand border, situated near a natural ford (drift) on the Buffalo (Umzinyathi) River. At 2.00pm on the 22 January 1879, Major Spalding, still unaware of the disaster at Isandlwana, left the trading post in order to ascertain […]

  • SOUTH AFRICA HOLIDAY: XHOSA FRONTIER WARS 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 […]

  • Rudyard Kipling If

    If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being […]