By Margo Russell, Martin Russell
The preferred photo of the Kalahari is a romantic certainly one of desolate tract house and untouched Bushmen. the preferred picture of the Afrikaners is of a special and cruel racialism. but Afrikaners were residing within the Kalahari for greater than 100 years, their presence frequently studiously neglected by way of writers; and because 1961 self sufficient Botswana with its coverage of scrupulous non-racialism has embraced either Afrikaner and Bushman in universal citizenship. This ebook makes an attempt to explain the complicated and mundane fact of ethnic kin within the Kalahari, not just within the current, harried by way of 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 negative white pastoralists of the inner, bring to a halt by way of the thirstland from these affects which gave modern Afrikanerdom its specific forged. They describe the pragmatic relatives constructed through Afrikaners with different peoples of the inner, and the way those were perceived and redefined with the decisive shift in political energy from British to Tswana arms.
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If you understand driving cattle well, then you let them walk at ease at their own pace, you don't hurry them. You let them walk just as you let them walk on the 21 Boers, trekboers and bywoners farm. Then they arrive in good condition. ' As the one or two members of the Ghanzi community began to establish large herds, the previously spasmodic trade in cattle began to develop as a specialised but hazardous entrepreneurial activity. A few men, professional cattle trekkers rather than pastoralist farmers, entered the trade, exchanging immature or poorly nourished beasts from Ngamiland for fattened stock in Ghanzi under the 'two for one' system.
Many see it not as an innovation, but as a return to that lowly standby, ever resorted to by poor 35 Into the cash economy Afrikaners when his rewards as a boer no longer seemed adequate, namely transport riding. Wives are particularly sceptical, as the following conversation nicely captures: First wife: Hendrik is going to ride transport. Second wife: Yena! First wife: He says it's just for his own cattle, to take them to the abattoir. Second wife: That's what they all say. Then they start taking other people's, to pay for the truck; then the truck breaks and they have to buy another one to pay for the repair of the first one, and so it goes.
The Batawana for their part valued the Ghanzi community as a source of cattle exchanges, though Pirn in 1933 estimated this trade to be in steady decline - 'it probably does not amount to over 2000 [cattle] per annum'. During the periodic closures of the Batawana's northern trade route to the mines of the Congo, northern Rhodesia and Angola, trade to the south became even more important, not only with Ghanzi, but through Ghanzi, into and through the Kalahari to Johannesburg (Pirn 1933:127). There were normal mutual animosities and tensions over grazing, cattle and territory, which were occasionally expressed in ponderous petitions to a distant government.
Afrikaners of the Kalahari: White Minority in a Black State (African Studies (No. 24)) by Margo Russell, Martin Russell