By Margo Russell, Martin Russell
The preferred picture of the Kalahari is a romantic one in all barren region area and untouched Bushmen. the preferred snapshot of the Afrikaners is of a special and cruel racialism. but Afrikaners were dwelling within the Kalahari for greater than 100 years, their presence usually studiously overlooked by means 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 publication makes an attempt to explain the complicated and mundane fact of ethnic family within the Kalahari, not just within the current, harried by way of relentless strain to go into the money economic system of modernisation, yet some time past. utilizing oral historical past as a resource, the authors describe the 'Africanisation' of those terrible white pastoralists of the internal, bring to an end by means of the thirstland from these affects which gave modern Afrikanerdom its specific forged. They describe the pragmatic kinfolk constructed by means of Afrikaners with different peoples of the internal, and the way those were perceived and redefined with the decisive shift in political energy from British to Tswana fingers.
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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. 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.
They were willing to barter for trekker manufactures, but above all they valued trekker ability to sink deep wells, and for this they were prepared to trade cattle and maize. The Batawana wells were sited in the beds of seasonal rivers or pans. Their location in the dangerously soft soil meant that they were seldom more than pits, threatened by the lowering of the water table which has continued until the present Our people could dig better wells than the outas there [recalled an old Afrikaans woman].
Horses were still extremely rare. Oxen were widely used, not only under the hardekool ox yoke, but for riding, Nama style, guided by a ring in the nose (Wilson and Thompson 1969:62). ' Donkey teams were favoured for transporting. The first postal contract for carrying mail from Gobabis to Ghanzi used donkeys. Hottentots carried the mail from Gobabis to Olifantskloof from where an Afrikaner and a Bushman carried it on to Ghanzi. The entire journey took about a month. They transported supplies as well as mail and the contractor remembers 'a nice deserted German house at Sandfontien where there was still a spring in 1928' where they would halt and rest for a few days.