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Thursday 22 June 2017, 18:23 pm.
Mon 19 Jun 2017, 16:50 pm
We had previously noted that during their Sunday long truce Kgosi Sechele and the Transvaal Boer Commandant General Scholtz had agreed to meet on Monday morning.
Mon 12 Jun 2017, 16:13 pm
The August 30, 1852 Battle of Dimawe stands out as one of the earliest instances in which a Boer Commando fought an indigenous opposing force that was also substantially ...
Mon 05 Jun 2017, 17:49 pm
In our last episode we observed that the course of the August 30, 1852 Battle at Dimawe was largely determined by nature of the two sides’ weaponry.
Mon 29 May 2017, 16:11 pm
In our last episode we observed that the course of the August 30, 1852 Battle at Dimawe was largely determined by nature of the two sides’ weaponry.
Mon 22 May 2017, 16:09 pm
‘Rramokonopi wabo Kgosidintsi, otlhotse akonopano le Poulwe; erile motshegare Poulwe alapa, gasala gokonopa Rramokopi. Kwena, utla hutshe ya ngwana wa Leburu, obontshe ba...
Mon 15 May 2017, 16:35 pm
In the days that immediately followed their 17th of August 1852 massacre at Maanwane, Commandant-General Scholtz’s Marico commando skirmished with Mosielele’s retreating ...
Mon 08 May 2017, 16:28 pm
In our last episode the Transvaal Boer leader Andries Pretorius, having first forged a strategic partnership with the British through the infamous Sand River Convention, ...
Tue 02 May 2017, 16:45 pm
We left off in October 1851 with Commandant-General Adriaan Standers imposing Transvaal Boer authority in the Madikwe valley. All the Dikgosi were required to supply free...
Mon 24 Apr 2017, 15:53 pm
From August 1848, the growing threat posed by the Transvaal Boers to the still independent Batswana merafe was increased with the arrival of arguably the most gifted of a...
Mon 10 Apr 2017, 14:03 pm
Notwithstanding the distraction of his newfound fame in exploring the middle Zambezi with Oswell in the years before the 1852-53 Batswana-Boer War Livingstone remained a ...
Mon 03 Apr 2017, 16:11 pm
We had previously noted that one of the key men tasked with stemming the flow of firearms into Botswana, Jan Viljoen, instead used his office as Veldkornet of the Marico ...
Mon 27 Mar 2017, 17:30 pm
As previously noted, the announcement of the Oswell-Livingstone expedition to Ngamiland, organised at the initiative of Dikgosi Letsholathebe and Sechele, resulted in an ...
Mon 20 Mar 2017, 17:28 pm
We had previously observed that by the end of 1840s, with the elephant population in his own domains dwindling, Sechele moved to secure access to the hunting grounds of n...
Mon 13 Mar 2017, 17:23 pm
This week 4D takes a break from 19th century struggles to comment on this week’s legacy from a more recent conflict. Last Tuesday the BDF, working with roads department e...
Mon 06 Mar 2017, 16:24 pm
“Wherever a missionary lives, traders are sure to come; they are mutually dependent and each aids the other.” - David Livingstone, 1857
Mon 27 Feb 2017, 17:29 pm
Previously it was noted that from the age of 10, David Livingstone had been put to work from 6 am to 8 pm, six days a week at a cotton spinning mill. It was while working...
Mon 20 Feb 2017, 15:57 pm
Our previous episode traced the Rev. Dr. David Livingstone’s radical, albeit then anonymous condemnation of Boer oppression of Batswana in the pages of the British Banner...
Mon 13 Feb 2017, 16:46 pm
We concluded last week by noting that the Batswana struggle against Boer oppression had been first brought to the attention of a wider circle of British public opinion by...
Mon 30 Jan 2017, 14:05 pm
We concluded last week by observing that for indigenous African communities in the region, the “Great Trek”, or mass Boer migration into the Highveld region of South Afri...
Mon 23 Jan 2017, 16:44 pm
“It was also about this time that the Transvaal Boers began to bring themselves into hostile contact with the native tribes on their borders.
Mon 16 Jan 2017, 17:03 pm
We had previously noted that in 1842, from his new base in Bulawayo, the Amandebele Nkosi Mzilakazi had sent his army south into Botswana to punish the three Dikgosi who ...
Mon 19 Dec 2016, 16:27 pm
Heretofore, this series has focused on the so-called “Difaqane” era when Botswana was invaded by the “black ants” of Motswasele II’s prophecy, that is the Makololo and th...
Mon 12 Dec 2016, 16:50 pm
The rise of Sekgoma I, great grandfather of Sir Seretse Khama, to Bogosi jwa Bangwato was as much a product of his personal drive and circumstance as birth. His mother, D...
Mon 05 Dec 2016, 16:12 pm
We last left off in July 1842 with Sebego seeking to recruit Dr. David Livingstone by his side, while still facing a potentially hostile coalition to his return into east...
Mon 28 Nov 2016, 16:39 pm
We last left off on the 12th of November 1837, with Boer and Batswana alike watching from atop the Dwarsburg hills as tens of thousands of Amandebele crossed into modern ...
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