Glossary of Terms
Apartheid A policy of segregation and discrimination practiced in South Africa in the 50s,60s, 70s, and 80's.
Australopitheticus A fossil ape and humanoid remains of an ancient human ancestor found living in Africa some 1 to 4 million years ago.
Boer Farmer Afrikaans
Boer War 1st and 2nd Boer Wars between the Boer Republics and the British forces of the Empire. 1st Boer War: 1880-1881. 2nd Boer War: 1899- 1902.
Dankie hoor! Thank you in Afrikaans.
Dominee Priest in the Dutch Reformed Church
Gat. hole/ cave/ void/ Afrikaans
Mfecane (Difacane) Mfecane (Zulu pronunciation, also Sesotho name Difaqane or Lifaqane) means "crushing, scattering, forced dispersal, forced migration", was a period of social, political, cultural and economic upheaval among indigenous ethnic communities and involved the white immigrant populations moving northwards from the Cape Colony in Southern Africa during the period between 1815 and about 1840.
Oom uncle/ respectful term for older person. Afrikaans
Tant aunt/ respectful term for older person. Afrikaans
The Great Trek a movement of Dutch-speaking colonists into the interior of southern Africa in search of land where they could establish their own homeland, independent of British rule. Much of. this land was seen as free to occupy as it was found unoccupied by indigenous peoples fleeing from the ravages of the Mfecane. The consequent loss of these lands is seen by indigenous peoples of South Africa as a loss of their birthright and still a major point of contention in post Apartheid South Africa.