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DYNAMIC AFRICANS: I Love Southern Africa

This blog first caught my attention perhaps a little over a month, or so, ago, and it’s safe to say it was love at first sight.

Dedicated to representing a total of 12 countries, from Angola to Zambia, Madagascar to Lesotho, the individual behind the blog manages to take it all in stride shedding essential knowledge on each country, posting incredibly thorough, diverse and in-depth content that’s is beyond enriching.

Having a thorough appreciation of this blog, and thus it’s curator, it seemed only right to feature them in this series of Dynamic Africans on tumblr. My interview only made me even more of a fan and I’m left even more inspired by the person behind I Love Southern Africa.

In about five sentences or less, can you tell us a little about yourself. Who is the person behind the blog?

I’m a young woman from two of the countries I blog about, currently starting a new chapter in my life after having taken care of family for a while (the African immigrant’s story!). 

What are the main objectives of your blog? What led or inspired you to create it?

My main objective was to shine a light on everything time can permit to blog on Southern Africa.  Outside of the countries themselves, not much is known or spoken of Southern Africa other than HIV/AIDS, Robert Mugabe, Malawi as it pertains to Madonna, Namibia as it pertains to Angelina Jolie and Madagascar as it pertains to the animated movie of the same name. 

Southern Africa is also known primarily for our animals but not the people around them, their history, dreams etc.  It’s a region with a very rich and intense history which influences the vibrant culture and life today. 

Since starting this blog, what has kept you motivated and/or what new things have you learned along the way?

I must admit I also didn’t know too much about the whole region and I feel like I am blogging for myself at times when I get excited about finding something I had never known. 

I am essentially motivated by my own ignorance about the area and my love for it as well. 

Other African diaspora blogs also inspire me to keep digging, sharing and finding what I would’ve never thought to look for.  I’m still stunned by the incredible history and roles played by everyone in shaping the region then and today. 

What do you love most about Southern Africa/being from Southern Africa, and in what ways are you able to connect with Africans from other regions?

Like all folks in the diaspora I love my people, culture, history, politics and self deprecating humour to name a few! I love watching us Southern Africans expand our Pan-Africaness (if there is such a term?) even though we are still unfortunately closed off from the rest of the diaspora in some ways. 

I always thought it would be politics that unite all Africans but I see how our current youth culture, specifically music brings everyone together.  I love reading comments under Youtube videos from people all across the diaspora showing love to a musician whose lyrics they don’t understand but they feel the music. 

I’ve been a wanna-be die-hard Pan Africanist since my early teens and I still fall in love with everything from the fashion from other regions to the literature and political heroes.  Oh and the food - I can finally make Egusi without following instructions on Youtube!

Being an African in the diaspora, what has been the most difficult and/or inspiring element of this experience for you? 

The most inspiring element has also been the most difficult:  Digging in the crates for photographs, books etc is worth every late night and eye bags. 

However, realizing how much of my own history I was never taught, how much of it exists in foreign institutions and not our own and how much of our history was recorded by others while our own methods of recording our history were forcibly wiped out, drove me to tears a few times.  

I’m reassured by current and past artists, musicians, writers, bloggers etc of the diaspora who have and continue to express our souls.

Lastly, where else can you be found online?

Twitter: @SouthRnAfrika - but I am rarely there.  Stuck on Tumblr!


Photos from, “The Essence of Mauritius” by ManLi Que

Most people who’ve never been to Mauritius think of it as a paradise island with fabulous beaches made of soft silky sand, turquoise clear sea water, magnificent mountains, breathtaking waterfalls, exotic fauna and flora… I’m not saying it’s not the case, it is very true; but many don’t get to see enough of the other aspects of the island, like the local people and their day-to-day life, the country’s ethnic and cultural diversity, the interesting customs and traditions, rural and urban landscapes and architecture marked by its history, etc.

With this album, my intention is to document all the elements of the island, including those that are not always showcased on the postcards, and to show you the authentic richness and beauty of the island. I hope to wander around in many different places, from the popular areas to the little corners, if I have enough courage to, camera in hand and curiosity in my eyes, and attempt to capture the real essence of this island, even if essence is probably subjective… Very often, I would capture a moment in time of the reality that is around us in our every-day life. Capturing life as it happens, in a natural environment, whereby there is no bias and no ulterior motive behind the image, is what I think expresses the true essence.

Belle Mare, Mauritius


A woman collects goya fruit from plants near the Chamarel Mountain, Mauritius, 1992.

[Credit : Bruno Barbey]

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'Promise' is short but deep-experimental track from Anglo-Mauritian artist Mo Kolours, and I love it.

Trou aux Biches in Mauritius, an East African island that lies in the Indian Ocean. Trou is consistently rated as one of the best beaches in the country.

#Mauritius’ women’s beach volleyball team has lost its second encounter in Group A of the 30th Olympic Games.

The pair Li Yuk L/Rigobert N lost today 2-0 against the Czech Republic.

The Mauritians had lost their first match two days ago against Brazil 2-0. Li and Rigobert have slim chances to qualify.

They will have to beat Germany in their last match August 1 while counting on Brazil to wipe out the Czechs.


Chamber Representatives of the Netherlands Parliament grant a founding charter to the Dutch East India Company to establish an Indian trading empire in the East.


The Dutch East India Company started a refreshment station at the Cape for its VOC shipping fleet on their way to East and/or on their return trips from Batavia (i.e. present day Java as part of Indonesia).


Abraham van Batavia, the first slave, arrives at the Cape.

Before the first shipment of slaves in 1658, a hand full off slaves had already arrived in the Cape with their ‘owners’. By 1658 there were 11 slaves, 8 women and 3 men at the Cape. One of these, Abraham, was a stowaway who, in 1653, arrived from the East aboard the ship Malacca, claiming to have run away from his master, Cornelis Lichthart of Batavia. Abraham was set to work at the Cape.


A slaving voyage is undertaken from the Cape via Mauritius to Madagascar.


Farms granted to Dutch free burghers (ex-Company soldiers).The first shipload of slaves are brought to the Cape, from Angola on-board the ship, the Amersfoort.


Slaves built the Castle - Fort Good Hope.


Foundations are laid for the Company Slave Lodge.


Free burghers petition for slave trade to be opened to free enterprise.


Slaves at the Cape outnumber free people for the first time. They are mainly from around the Indian Ocean ? Mocambique, Madagascar, Mauritius.


Government directive restricting male slaves being brought from the East.


Dutch East India Company ends assisted immigration from Europe and decides to retain the institution of slavery as the main labour system for the Cape.


Free burghers petition again for slave trade to be opened to free enterprise.


France occupies Mauritius.


Slaving post established at Maputo (Lourenco Marques, pre-independence name) by Dutch.


Evidence that runaway slaves have been living at the mountainous Hangklip for extensive periods, between Gordons Bay and Kleinmond/Hermanus.


Maputo slave post abandoned due to mutiny.


The Moravian Church started their first mission station at Baviaans-kloof, now known as Genadendal in the Swellendam district.

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Free burghers petition again for slave trade to be opened to free enterprise.


Governor Rijk Tulbagh codifies slave law.


The governor, Tulbagh, consolidated the numerous VOC slave regulations into a single placaaten, the Cape Slave CodeA census taken of the Cape colony at the time showed the two populations, both slaves and settlers to be roughly equal to about 6000 each.


Abolition of importation of male slaves from Asia.


Free burghers petition again for slave trade to be opened to free enterprise.


Free burghers petition again for slave trade to be opened to free enterprise.Government directive abolishing the importation of male slaves from Asia repeated.


Government directive abolishing the importation of male slaves from Asia repeated again.


Slave trade opened to free enterprise.


The Moravian Missionary Society re-established their first mission station, Genadendal in the Swellendam district.


The British takes over control of the Cape and remain in charge throughout the 19th century.  


The British outlaws torture and some of the most brutal forms of capital punishments.


Dutch temporarily re-occupy the Cape of Good Hope (Short three years, see Batavian Republic).


Britain occupies the Cape again.Company slaves are released from the Slave Lodge under rule of the then Governor, the Earl of Caledon.Mission station at Groene-kloof [Mamre] near Malmesbury. This former military outpost on the farm, Louwplaas was offered by the British government to the Moravian Missionary Society for the establishment of a mission station. There are more than 5 000 people living at Mamre today.


Britain passes Abolition of Slave Trade Act, outlawing the Trans-Indian Oceanic slave trade. It was now illegal to be a slave trader buying or selling slaves, but it was still legal to own slaves.Prohibition on the importation of overseas slaves resulted in increasing the exchange value of Cape born Creole slaves.


Britain enforces the Abolition of Slave Trade Act, ending the external slave trade. Slaves can now be traded only within the colony.The Koeberg slave rebellion in the Swartland near Malmesbury, led by Louis of Mauritius, is defeated at Salt River. Resulted in the capturing of 300 farm slaves as dissidents.1812The London Missionary Society was invited by the leader of the local Khoi i.e. the Attaquas tribe to establish a mission station. Thus the mission station, Zuurbraak was established at the foot of Tradouw Pass.The London Missionary Society sponsored  missionary, Rev Charles Pacalt who established this small mission station a few miles south of George. Pacaltsdorp, presently a vibrant ‘Cape Coloured' town outside George in the Southern Cape.


Het Gesticht, the fourth oldest church building in South Africa and erected in 1813 by the inhabitants of Paarl as a meeting house for non-Christian slaves and heathen in the town. The Paarl Missionary Society took over the administration of Het Gesticht. It has been proclaimed a National Monument, and serves nowadays as a museum for the South African Mission Foundation.Fiscal Dennyson codifies the Cape Slave Law.


Last slaves imported, illegally.


The British House of Commons discusses the conditions of slaves at the Cape of Good Hope by appointing a parliamentary commission of enquiry due to relentless pressure of the Anti-Slavery Abolitionists lobby.  


Appointment of two Crown Commissioners, visiting the Cape of Good Hope - including the various mission settlements - to investigate slavery at the Cape.  A second slave uprising at the farm, Hou-den-Bek, led by Galant van die Kaap, is defeated in the Koue Bokkeveld, near Ceres.


Guardian of Slaves appointed. The Colonial Office intervened by forcing local colonial assemblies to bring the local amelioration legislation such Ordinance 19 of 1826 promulgated at the Cape, into line with the Trinidad Order aimed at the sugar plantation slave owners. Thus the British introduced ameliorisation laws  in order to improve the living conditions of slaves as well as a a series of practical  ameliorisation measures to make punishments less cruel, and the Office of the Protector of Slaves is established with Assistant Slave Protectors in rural towns and villages away from Cape Town.Collapse of the Cape wine industry.


Coloured Persons qualified for the municipal franchise of Cape Town, and a Malay property owner was elected as Wardmaster.


Ordinance 50 of 1828 liberated Khoisan into the category on par with Free Blacks and placed all Free Black persons i.e. both Hottentots and Vrye Swartes on equal legal footing with White colonists within the judiciary system.The two Rhenish missionaries, J G Leipoldt and T. von Wurmb jointly bought a farm Rietmond on the Tratra River in the Cedarberg District.  The Rhenish Missionary Society started several industries, including the well-known shoe making factory at the Wupperthal mission station.


Slave owners have to start keeping a record of punishments. Revised provisions of Ordinance 19 by the British Parliament  resulted in the renamed Office of the Protector of Slaves.


Stellenbosch slave owners rioted by refusing to accept this order to keep registers of slave punishments.


More than 2000 slave owners assembled in Cape Town to hold a protest meeting demonstrating against this government order which was adopted without proper consultation.


The Rhenish Mission Society ensured that a mission chapel was built and completed in 1833. As a result the Headquarters of the Rhenish Mission Society relocated from Steinthal near Tulbach to Worcester.


Emancipation Decree issued in London.


Slavery is abolished in British colonies on 01 December, ‘liberated’ slaves now falls into the category of Free Blacks, although the ‘freed’ slaves are forced to serve an extended four year apprenticeship to make them ‘fit for freedom’.The Cape farmers faced prolonged weather conditions of drought. The Berlin Missionary Society established a mission at Bethanie.


Ordinance No. 1 of 1835 introduced the terms of apprenticeship at the Cape, including the appointment of special magistrates.


Start of the Great Trek by 12 000 frontier farmers, who demonstrated their unhappiness about the government’s policy to release slaves from the control of  Free Burghers as slaveholders.Non-Whites were finally accorded similar treatment like White colonists in their interaction with the public institutions of the local authorities.


End of slave “apprenticeship”. About 39 000 slaves are freed on Emancipation Day, 1 December 1838. Only 1,2 million pounds paid out against the original estimated compensation amount of 3 milion pounds which were initially set aside by the British government in compensation monies for the  about  1 300 affected slaveholding farmers at the Cape Good Hope.On the day of the actual release of slave apprentices, there was a three day rainy period which was followed by an extremely wet winter season which led to wide scale flooding across the Cape Colony.


The Moravian Missionary Society acquired the farm, Vogelstruyskraal near Cape Agulhas in the Caledon District. The newly established mission station was named Elim. Today, the town of Elim has a population of 2000 inhabitants.


Masters and Servants Ordinance regularising and criminalizing labour relationships between employer and employee in favour of the former slave masters based on the past CAPE SLAVE CODES originally issued by the VOC as Placaaten of India.

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