Afrikaners of the Kalahari: White Minority in a Black State by Margo Russell, Martin Russell

By Margo Russell, Martin Russell

The preferred photograph of the Kalahari is a romantic one among desolate tract area and untouched Bushmen. the preferred snapshot of the Afrikaners is of a special and harsh racialism. but Afrikaners were residing within the Kalahari for greater than 100 years, their presence usually studiously overlooked by way of writers; and because 1961 self reliant Botswana with its coverage of scrupulous non-racialism has embraced either Afrikaner and Bushman in universal citizenship. This e-book makes an attempt to explain the advanced and mundane truth of ethnic kin within the Kalahari, not just within the current, harried via relentless strain to go into the money economic climate of modernisation, yet long ago. utilizing oral heritage as a resource, the authors describe the 'Africanisation' of those terrible white pastoralists of the inner, bring to an end by way of the thirstland from these impacts which gave modern Afrikanerdom its specific forged. They describe the pragmatic family constructed through Afrikaners with different peoples of the inner, and the way those were perceived and redefined with the decisive shift in political strength from British to Tswana arms.

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Lewis, despite his name, was an Afrikaner. The name has been Afrikanerised for several generations and is pronounced 'Le Vees'. Members of the family retain the recollection that their ancestor came from 'Vahliss' (Wales) near England. The accumulation of relatively large herds did not bring about change in the life style of their owners, but was of importance to the rest of the community, since the tradition was to lend cattle out to the poorer members of the community, especially to bywoners.

It opened the distinction, at first slight, between those who had capital (usually cattle) to meet the demands of the changing situation, and those who did not. The quality of life began imperceptibly to change. We stayed well and friendly before the lorries came. Before the trucks came there was no money. Cattle went for two shillings. A fat cow was worth fifteen shillings. If you wanted to go to Gobabis it was with ox wagon. And the return journey could take months. But it was a freer life. You could hunt and shoot, you could do what you liked.

They [the Bushmen] become more irresponsible. In the old days I could buy two hundred oxen and two 38 Into the cash economy Bushmen alone could look after them; they would be in the kraal every night. But today it's hopeless. You can't give them ten to look after. In the early days they didn't know about drink. When I first came to the land there was no such thing as syphilis. They were a clean nation. B. These are recent developments. People used to trek twice a year. In the winter, August and September, you can't trek, too hot, no rain.

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