Timeline of Events

Join the “Time Train” on a mesmerizing story journey which stops at each amazing station, in the many enthralling era`s of Southern Africa`s multi-various people. Experience where they originated, how they got there and, what they did when they arrived……
Through the ages, this compelling tale uncovers the deep, sometimes unsettling, history of the culturally diverse peoples of sub equatorial, Southern Africa.

CHAPTER 1: The Dawn {Prehistoric – 500AD}

CHAPTER 1: The Dawn {Prehistoric – 500AD}

This is the story of Africa`s most ancient tribe, the San people. It reveals their prehistoric origins, migrations, tribal lifestyle and habitats. This chapter carries the reader on a fascinating journey with the tribe as they traverse Southern Africa. Accompanying the tribe on this epic journey, the reader will delve deep into their ancient cultures

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CHAPTER 2: BaNtu Procession {1000BC – 500AD}

CHAPTER 2: BaNtu Procession {1000BC – 500AD}

Resulting from a combination of events – some meteorological, ecological or human – a migration began out of West Africa roughly 3000 years ago and ended in the southern Cape about 200 years ago. This epic and eventful journey ultimately covered the face of southern Africa with its present indigenes. Their incredibly eventful migration comes

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CHAPTER 3: Sunrise, Sunset. {500AD to 700AD}

CHAPTER 3: Sunrise, Sunset. {500AD to 700AD}

In the last movements of the great BaNtu migration, the tribes split, traversing the entire region. The most enterprising of these, various offshoots of the greater Bakalanga tribes were moving eastward and northward from the Limpopo-Shashi confluence. Our story picks up the Toutswe tribe about 500AD. This is the story of how the Toutswe were

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CHAPTER 4: Bukalanga {700AD – 1000AD}

CHAPTER 4: Bukalanga {700AD – 1000AD}

Our story transports the reader back to these times in a living tapestry of the lives and times of the Bukalanga. [Bu -people of Kalanga origin]These first inhabitants of what is now Zimbabwe were Shona speaking peoples who settled in the region as early as 400 AD. They referred to themselves as Kalanga. By the

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CHAPTER 5: House of Stone {1000AD – 1500AD}

CHAPTER 5: House of Stone {1000AD – 1500AD}

Despite many set backs and great difficulties, over the ensuing centuries the original Bukalanga, then Moritsane groups of BaNtu people grew and prospered. From these, the Shona nation would evolve, the: Korekore, Zeseru, Manyika, Ndau, and Karanga. They emerged as the most successful of the original migrant tribes. This is the living story of The

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CHAPTER 6: Southern Star-Parts 1 to 10 {1500AD – 1700AD}

CHAPTER 6: Southern Star-Parts 1 to 10 {1500AD – 1700AD}

Arrival of Europeans. Live the powerful, dramatic and compelling shipwreck one wild and stormy night off the African Cape peninsula. This momentous event, with its shipwrecked crew signalled the very beginning of European colonisation there. In all its parts; It is the eventful and adventure filled story of the Dutch colony at the Cape. Realistically

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CHAPTER 7: Content & Contender -Parts 1 – 7 {1701AD – 1800AD}

CHAPTER 7: Content & Contender -Parts 1 – 7 {1701AD – 1800AD}

Cape Town and surrounds of the late 18th century was a far, far cry, from the primitive halfway provision station originally envisaged late in the sixteen hundreds. The Dutch VOC had indeed planted a vigorous seed in the soil of Africa at its southernmost tip. However, a war thousands of miles away in far off

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CHAPTER 8: Under the Jack {1804AD – 1860AD}

CHAPTER 8: Under the Jack {1804AD – 1860AD}

In real life drama the readers will be carried along on the powerful tide of this chapter. The change in fortunes of the Dutch settlers after the Cape Dutch are defeated at the battle of Blaauwberg in 1806. How life there consequentially played out, under British rule Life at the Cape was to change drastically

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CHAPTER 9: Two Great Tribes {1804AD – 1840AD}

CHAPTER 9: Two Great Tribes {1804AD – 1840AD}

Thrilling, in its intensity and shocking in its reality this chapter brings readers face to face with early 19th Century tribal life in southern Africa. Shaka, King of the Zulu and Mzilikazi ,King of the Matabele were tyrannical warrior Kings who literally set southern Africa ablaze and bathed it in lustful bloodletting. Their story, as

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CHAPTER 10: Over the Berg {1804AD -1840AD}

CHAPTER 10: Over the Berg {1804AD -1840AD}

British nepotism and general shabby treatment of the Dutch had caused them at last to leave the Cape, after some 200 years there, in search of their own destiny.This is their passionate inside story, the Dutch Voortrekkers, who actually pioneered the greater southern African interior. This tale of their journeys, wanderings and experiences is profound;

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CHAPTER 11: New Nation {1860AD – 1886AD}

CHAPTER 11: New Nation {1860AD – 1886AD}

The Voortrekkers were the progenitors of a nation still in its embryonic state who would later become the Afrikaner nation. These, were the descendants of ancestors who had first colonised the Cape back in 1662 and then later dared to go over the mountain. Here, after many trials and tribulations they finally colonised two independent

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CHAPTER 12: Sunset on a Nation {Early 19th Century}

CHAPTER 12: Sunset on a Nation {Early 19th Century}

Over the 19th century the various bloody successions to the Zulu throne would make European medieval royal history seem as harmless as the tale of ‘the three little pigs’. Four of Senzangakhona’s direct sons would ascend the Zulu throne. Three of these ascensions were by the violent and murderous death of their immediate predecessor. Finally,

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CHAPTER 13: Sugar & Spice {Mid 19th Century}

CHAPTER 13: Sugar & Spice {Mid 19th Century}

Green gold was planted in Natal and flourished like a well fertilised weed. Sugar Cane, a labour intensive crop, promised to be the saviour of the British colonial conclave at Port Natal. However, the indigenous Zulu refused to perform manual labour in the sugar fields. This paved the way for indentured labour from India to

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Chapter 14: Farmers Indeed? {Late 19th Century}

Chapter 14: Farmers Indeed? {Late 19th Century}

The First War of Independence; Like a greedy child at a party table, stuffing a fistful of goodies into its mouth with one hand while grabbing more from the table with the other. The British, having earlier militarily overcome the Trekkers to appropriate their Natalia Republic and then by deceit and sheer force of arms,

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CHAPTER 15: All that Glitters {Mid to Late 19th Century}

CHAPTER 15: All that Glitters {Mid to Late 19th Century}

Even in the late 19th. Century the southern African territories from the Cape to the Congo, were primarily considered as farming land. Ultimately when gems and minerals, in large and sustainable quantities were discovered in its soil, the world and its brother came flocking to its shores in search of that non-existent commodity, quick and

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CHAPTER 16: Clouds of War {Late 19th Century}

CHAPTER 16: Clouds of War  {Late 19th Century}

The vast wealth injected into the two Trekker Republics by the discovery of their Diamond and Gold deposits caused them to suddenly blossom like desert flowers after a rain. Particularly, the great discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand and massive sudden influx of foreigners took the conservative ZAR government and its citizens by surprise. Most

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CHAPTER 17: War of Attrition {Late 19th – Early 20th Century}

CHAPTER 17: War of Attrition {Late 19th – Early 20th Century}

The Second War of Independence: The thwarted “Jameson Raid” was the brain child of C.J Rhodes and several greedy high ranking British politicians, carried out by L.S. Jameson. The ZAR government handed their captured raid prisoners over to the British for trial, naively believing that justice would be done. Sadly this was not to be.

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CHAPTER 18: Constellation {Late 19th – Early 20th Century}

CHAPTER 18: Constellation {Late 19th – Early 20th Century}

This is the engrossing story one of the first ‘land grabs’ in Africa and its fascinating main characters. The scurry for land possession in the massive African continent was so fierce that European nations came to the brink of war. Like a constellation of stars Britain`s sovereignty shone across the world and none so bright

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CHAPTER 19: War & Peace {Early 20th Century}

CHAPTER 19: War & Peace {Early 20th Century}

After the Second War of Independence, the antagonists came to an agreement. South Africa became a Union of States in 1910, which were; the two British colonies and two Republics. Not long thereafter, events in far off Europe sparked off WWI. Our story highlights life in the African colonies and particularly South Africa during those

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CHAPTER 20: Disparity {Early 20th Century}

CHAPTER 20: Disparity {Early 20th Century}

The stories which follow in this chapter are just one more example of what happens when outsiders interfere in the affairs of an indigenous population. The Agikuyu an ancient Northern BaNtu Kenya tribe had never been successfully invaded, not even by the Arabic slave traders. It therefore follows that they were bold and skilled in

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CHAPTER 21: The Melting Pot {Mid 20th Century}

CHAPTER 21: The Melting Pot {Mid 20th Century}

For anyone who has not had the fascinating experience of watching soft metals like silver or copper melt in a ladle, may I say, it is a mesmeric experience. In many respects, the revolution of black consciousness in Africa evolved in this way. Heartily sick of the inertia in this specific regard, a number of

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CHAPTER 22: A Giant Awakens {Mid to Late 20th Century}

CHAPTER 22: A Giant Awakens {Mid to Late 20th Century}

By the mid-sixties, there were really less than a dozen colonies which had not received their liberty. Despite threatening world sanctions and bitter internal strife, several still opposed democratic change. The disenfranchised Africans opposition to these regimes was fierce and determined. As the various melting pots boiled over, hot furious civil wars broke out setting

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CHAPTER 23: Supernova {Late 20th Century}

CHAPTER 23: Supernova {Late 20th Century}

In many respects the post-colonial fortunes of many African States are comparable to a Supernova stellar event, perhaps none more so than the RSA. The euphoria, unbridled joy and sense of a new peaceful life pervaded the streets of Cape Town and indeed entered the very homes of every South African the day Nelson Rolihlahla

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CHAPTER 24: A Falling Star {Early 21st Century}

CHAPTER 24: A Falling Star {Early 21st Century}

Occurring over the face of Earth, the fiery ball of a ‘falling star’ is seen in the sky for a brief few seconds as it hurtles across the heavens. With so much hope and energy surrounding their emancipation, many failed Republics allowed themselves to fall into a state of greed, corruption and disrepair in a

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Epilogue {Early 21st Century}

Epilogue {Early 21st Century}

This chapter is an in depth analysis, based upon pure and undeniable fact. It is spelled out for the readers in plain terms enabling them to see though the current curtain of apathy, waste and corruption. For what it is worth, I lay bare my own diagnosis and prognosis for the country of my birth,

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Meet the people of Southern Africa

In this, his first novel, the author chose to write of the land in which he has lived his life and for which he has an abiding love.

Through firsthand experience, his insightful, colourful and entertaining writing brings to life; the people, their migrations, lifestyles, cultures, wars and politics.

He writes with love and understanding of all these South African people, their cultures, experiences, aspirations, adventures, conflicts and life over the centuries.

All these very human factors have culminated to shape and form today’s multi-cultural rainbow civilizations, on the virtual tip of Africa.