The establishment of the protectorate (part 2) The lost confederation

We left off last week with 1871 British annexation of the diamond fields around Kimberley as the “Crown Colony of Griqualand West.”

The new colonial state thereafter wasted little time in vesting itself with the full administrative authority over the allocation of land, an usurpation which resulted in the predominately Batlhaping indigenous population losing virtually all of their communal territory to the mining companies and white settlers who were then flocking into the region.

In response to these disturbing developments, most of the Batlhaping dikgosi, along with Montshiwa I of Barolong boo-Ratshidi and Gaseitsiwe of the Bangwaketse agreed to form a closer union among themselves; building on the defensive alliance they had maintained since their collective 1852-53 war against the Transvaal Boers.

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Wearing of masks behind closed doors has been mandatory following the government’s August decision that the public was freed from masking in outdoor spaces.According to a press statement from the ministry, all other remaining COVID-19 protocols such as social distancing in schools and requirements for vaccination or PCR tests at ports of entry have also been relaxed.Statistics still show that hundreds still die daily due to the pandemic around...

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