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Mon 17 Sep 2018, 13:12 pm
Recently this author had the renewed pleasure of attending the annual Nama Cultural Festival at Lokgwabe village in Kgalagadi North, which was held this year under the th...
Mon 10 Sep 2018, 14:00 pm
Last week’s episode concluded on September 26, 1922 with the acting Resident Magistrate at Gobabis, South West Africa (SWA, i.e. Namibia), having informed the Resident ...
Mon 03 Sep 2018, 12:06 pm
In last week’s episode the Ghanzi Magistrate, Alan Cuzen had forwarded a report to his superiors in Mahikeng that the prominent Ovambandero figure, Karcho Sheppard had ...
Mon 27 Aug 2018, 14:41 pm
Following Saul Shepperd’s death in 1877 (profiled last week), his position as Secretary to the Ovaherero ruler Maharero was assumed by his son Samuel Karcho Shepperd. T...
Mon 20 Aug 2018, 14:33 pm
Our last instalment noted that by August of 1922 many Khoe (Basarwa/ 'Bushmen') in the Ghanzi District, as well as then South African administered South West Africa (SWA,...
Mon 13 Aug 2018, 14:41 pm
As we saw in our last instalment by the 1930s Rhode’s marketing dream of creating a white settler colony in Ghanzi had become a financial and social challenger for the ...
Mon 06 Aug 2018, 13:26 pm
In our last instalment the British West Charterland Company (BWCC) abandoned its claims over much of north-west Botswana, including the Ghanzi region, in favour of Cecil ...
Mon 30 Jul 2018, 13:34 pm
Between 1876 and 1885 a Cape Colony official named William Palgrave struggled to establish British rule in the western Kgalagadi. In 1878 he was mandated, as Special Comm...
Mon 23 Jul 2018, 13:53 pm
The previous week we noted an 1869 incident, visually captured in a Thomas Baines water-colour, as well as documents, of over two dozen young slaves being herded from the...
Mon 09 Jul 2018, 15:23 pm
With the return of the Bangwaketse to south-eastern Botswana in the 1840s, the Batawana Kgosi Letsholathebe eventually imposed his authority over much of the Ghanzi regio...
Mon 25 Jun 2018, 18:28 pm
During the early 19th century migration, and in and out of the central Kgalagadi sandveld, along with a corresponding increase in competition over its resources was a res...
Mon 18 Jun 2018, 18:52 pm
This week we begin a new series focussing on the rich albeit controversial history of the area we now know as the Ghanzi District. The population of the District has long...
Mon 11 Jun 2018, 14:04 pm
Our previous instalment had speculated that, by the final months of 1824, Kgosi Makaba II’s infamous regional intelligence network must have brought him increasingly di...
Mon 04 Jun 2018, 13:41 pm
Previously, we had noted that the Rev. Robert Moffat left Kgwakgwe in 1824 with the belief that his newfound relationship with Kgosi Makaba II, he had opened the door to ...
Mon 28 May 2018, 14:20 pm
This week we continue with our account of the groundbreaking August 1824 mission by the Griqua Kaptyn Barend Barends and the Scottish missionary Reverend, Robert Moffat t...
Mon 21 May 2018, 15:26 pm
This week we continue with our account of the joint August 1824 mission by the Griqua Kaptyn Barend Barends and the Scottish Missionary Reverend Robert Moffat to Bangwake...
Mon 14 May 2018, 14:13 pm
"My masters, you see that the world is collapsing. We shall be eaten up one by one. Our fathers taught us peace means prosperity, but today there is no peace, no prosperi...
Mon 07 May 2018, 14:04 pm
We left off in August 1824 with the Rev. Robert Moffat's party having received a regal welcome at Kgwakgwe in keeping with Makaba II’s openly stated desire that his vis...
Mon 30 Apr 2018, 13:46 pm
Our last episode concluded with the Rev. Robert Moffat having resolved take up Makaba II’s invitation that he visit Kanye. At the time the missionary was convinced that...
Mon 23 Apr 2018, 14:56 pm
Our last episode concluded with Kgosi-kgolo Makaba II's victory at Matlhabanelo, over combined might of the Bahurutshe, Balete, Bakgatla bagaKgafela, Bakwena bagaKgabo, B...
Mon 16 Apr 2018, 13:17 pm
Our last episode concluded in about 1790, if not somewhat earlier, with Kgosi Moleta being succeeded on the Bangwaketse throne by his son, Kgosi Makaba II, who initially ...
Mon 09 Apr 2018, 17:57 pm
In our last episode, concluded with Kgosi Mongala aMakgaba, I reasserted the defacto independence of the Bangwaketse from the Bakwena bagaKgabo during the twilight years ...
Mon 26 Mar 2018, 14:29 pm
For some four centuries the Ngwaketse dynasty has survived, often against the odds, to exert a lasting influence in the development of not only of Botswana, but also the ...
Mon 19 Mar 2018, 13:44 pm
Few would consider it reasonable to discuss the roots of racism in the Americas without referring to the legacy of slavery. Likewise, it would be absurd to ignore Aparthe...
Mon 12 Mar 2018, 18:07 pm
We left off in 1872, with Kgosi Sechele having summoned a Letsholo (armed meeting), which was attended by many Bangwato as well as Bakwena.
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