Category: History

  • Leander Jameson

    Leander Starr Jameson (1853-1917) was born in Edinburgh and trained as a surgeon at University College Hospital in London. After qualifying his health deteriorated and in 1878 and he went out to South Africa and settled down in practice at Kimberley. In South Africa Jameson rapidly acquired a great reputation as a medical man, numbering […]

  • how many nazis fled to south africa

    It is estimated that between 10,000 and 20,000 Nazis fled to South America after the fall of the Third Reich in 1945. Many of these former Nazis found safe haven in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay. A smaller number made their way to Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru. While the exact number […]

  • Afrikaner

    The origins of the Afrikaner people can be traced back to the first permanent settlement of Dutch colonists in 1652, to the French Huguenots (Protestant refugees from Catholic France) and to the early German settlers.   During the period when the Dutch East India Company dominated the trade routes to the East, via the Cape […]

  • how old is johannesburg

    Johannesburg is one of the oldest cities in South Africa, and it has a rich history dating back to the early 1800s. The city was founded in 1837 by a man named Johann Rissik, and it was originally called “Ekukhanyeni”, which means “the place of the broken spears”. The city was renamed “Johannesburg” in 1886, […]

  • How did South Africa begin?

    South Africa has a long and complicated history. The country was first inhabited by indigenous African peoples. Over the centuries, South Africa has been home to many different cultures and peoples. The first Europeans to settle in South Africa were the Dutch, who arrived in the 1600s. The Dutch founded the city of Cape Town […]

  • Homestead Kraal

    A homestead (isiXhosa ‘umzi’, isiZulu ‘umuzi’, siSwati ‘umuti’) is a cluster of several houses (singular indlu; plural isiXhosa and isiZulu ‘izindlu’, siSwati ‘tindlu’) characteristic of the Nguni-speaking peoples of southern Africa. Each homestead will normally be occupied by a single extended family. ‘Rolihlahla (Nelson) Mandela was born in the Transkei region of South Africa, in […]

  • Bloodriver

    After the Voortrekkers had failed to negotiate with the Zulus the secession of land for settling and grazing, and had endured a number of catastrophic assaults, they assembled at the Ncome River for a decisive battle. On December 16, 1838, 464 Boers under the command of Andries Pretorius defeated more than 10,000 Zulu warriors. The […]

  • Krugerhousemuseum

    The house was built in 1884 by builder Charles Clark from Pretoria. It was one of the first homes in Pretoria to be lit by electricity. The original brass switches were manufactured by the German company Siemens & Schuckert. The house many original furnishings and includes some of the gifts that were presented to Kruger. […]

  • how did south africa get nuclear weapons

    In the late 1970s, the South African government began a nuclear weapons program. The program was motivated by a desire to protect the country from attack by its neighbors, who were hostile to the white-minority government. The program was also motivated by a desire to build a nuclear deterrent to prevent foreign intervention in South […]

  • How do I trace a relative in South Africa?

    If you’re looking for a relative in South Africa, there are a few avenues you can explore. First, if you have a general idea of where in South Africa your relative is located, you can try searching online directories such as the White Pages or Yellow Pages. These directories can be searched by name, so […]