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.


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Happy Independence Day!

Independence Day holds immense significance for Batswana as a whole. It offers a moment for reflection and celebration of the country's achievements, while also prompting introspection.We must honestly assess whether the number of years of independence aligns with the progress we have made. While there is certainly much to celebrate, there are also pressing issues that require the attention of relevant stakeholders. Many Batswana are facing...

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