By Margo Russell, Martin Russell
The preferred picture of the Kalahari is a romantic one among wasteland house and untouched Bushmen. the preferred photograph of the Afrikaners is of a distinct and harsh racialism. but Afrikaners were dwelling within the Kalahari for greater than 100 years, their presence frequently studiously overlooked via writers; and because 1961 self reliant Botswana with its coverage of scrupulous non-racialism has embraced either Afrikaner and Bushman in universal citizenship. This publication makes an attempt to explain the advanced and mundane fact of ethnic family within the Kalahari, not just within the current, harried through relentless strain to go into the money economic system of modernisation, yet long ago. utilizing oral historical past as a resource, the authors describe the 'Africanisation' of those terrible white pastoralists of the inner, bring to a halt through the thirstland from these affects which gave modern Afrikanerdom its specific solid. They describe the pragmatic kin built through Afrikaners with different peoples of the internal, and the way those were perceived and redefined with the decisive shift in political strength from British to Tswana arms.
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The petition was signed by thirty-three Ghanzi residents and asked for the 'gradual' removal from the Ghanzi District of 'all Africans, all Coloureds and the results of admixtures of races' leaving 'the rights of Bushmen . . 13 Rather the issue was development, and to lend credibility to the point the petition also requested that the influx of poor whites should be stopped completely . . whom your petitioners believe cannot in the long run benefit the district but who will eventually become a serious problem which in other parts of Southern Africa has taken many years to eradicate .
First wife: I said to Hendrik when I married him, Hendrik, I'll eat dry porridge with you every day, but the day you begin to ride transport I'm off. The physical strains of trucking are considerable. Unlike cattle, trucks do not hold their value. Added to this is the constant anxiety that water pumps at home might fail, and go unreported by Bushman workers seized by nomadic whims, leaving the cattle waterless and dying. To the smaller farmer trucking is one of the major irrationalities of the new cash economy.
Then I married and in 1945 we came to Ghanzi. 25 Boers, trekboers and bywoners We used to ride transport, my husband and I. We each had a licence. I got my heavy duty licence in 1947. We used to ride from Gobabis to Ghanzi and then to Maun. We also rode through the Kalahari to Lobatse. We carried mostly salt, sugar, petrol, diesel and beer, because there wasn't a hotel at that time. Mr Midgely [pronounced 'Meatzlee'] was the Magistrate here. ' I had ten pounds saved so I took the money and bought the licence, and I went and rode to old Blake and asked him to lend me 150 pounds to begin with the cafe and he lent it to me.
Afrikaners of the Kalahari: White Minority in a Black State (African Studies (No. 24)) by Margo Russell, Martin Russell