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Launching The Union

It was decided that Herbert Gladstone, son of a prime minister of Britain and now the South African governor-general, would ask the politician who in his view had most support to form a cabinet. With ex-president Steyn not available due … Continue reading

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An Afrikaner rebellion

A substantial parliamentary majority voted in favour of the government’s war policy, and it is probable that the majority of white voters were in favour of the decision to invade German South West Africa. There was also, however, no doubt … Continue reading

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A New British Thrust The Rise Of Paul Kruger Rhodes, Hofmeyer And Kruger

From the early 1880s Cecil Rhodes began to woo the Afrikaner Bond as the largest bloc in Parliament. He backed Hofmeyr on curtailing the black franchise, blocking certain imports from England and recognising equal rights for Dutch, calling it a … Continue reading

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A New British Thrust The Rise Of Paul Kruger Frontiersman To President

Known for his athletic prowess and courage, Paul Kruger had a reputation as a skilled military commander and negotiator with African chiefs. The more progressive elements in the ZAR rejected him as a candidate for the presidency because of his … Continue reading

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The War For South Africa The Jameson Raid John Tengo Jabavu’s Dissenting Voice

Although the educated black elite supported the British cause, there were dissenting voices. The most prominent of these was John Tengo Jabavu, the influential Mfengu owner and editor of the eastern Cape newspaper, Imvo Zabantsundu, founded in King William’s Town … Continue reading

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The White Communities -speaking Whites Jan Smuts, A World Figure

Jan Smuts and Nelson Mandela were the two South Africans world opinion regarded most highly during the twentieth century. Smuts, born in 1870 on a farm near Riebeeck Kasteel in the western Cape, had studied at Victoria College in Stellenbosch … Continue reading

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