The headman, Zeko, and six of his unarmed men were killed in cold blood.

Maqoma Book 2: Final Resistance

Maqoma: Final Resistance In this, the second book of three on Maqoma, an age-old dispute over the chieftainship arises. As the regent for external affairs, Maqoma (who was also known as Jongumsobomvu) becomes concerned with the actions of the British and the Eastern Cape farmers. When King Ngqika died in November 1829 after a chest Read more about Maqoma Book 2: Final Resistance[…]

Makgoba escaped by digging a hole under the wall of his cell.

Makgoba: Kgoshi Mamphoku Makgoba

Makgoba Kgoshi Mamphoku Makgoba came into conflict with the government of the South African Republic when he stood up against what he thought was not right, even if it meant being arrested. Read about how Commandant Swart Barend Vorster (who we met during the Siege of Leboho) enters the picture, what happens when Makgoba resists Read more about Makgoba: Kgoshi Mamphoku Makgoba[…]

The howling of jackals came from the dancers wearing headgear made of the skins of jackals.

Makhado: Defender of the Vhavenda

Makhado In a previous extract, we read something about Dimbanyika, the first Vhavenda King south of the Limpopo. Generations later, we encounter Makhado and learn of his struggles to defend the Venda people and keep them united. Under threat from the Portuguese and the Boers, he also faced division from within. After assuming the kingship, Read more about Makhado: Defender of the Vhavenda[…]

A lucky hunter could bring home fat rock rabbits for the pot.

Dimbanyika: First Vhavenda King South of the Limpopo

Dimbanyika Much of the story of Dimbanyika has been lost, but those that remain agree that he is the one who began the unification of the Venda clans, becoming the first Venda king. Dimbanyika is one in a long line of disappearing kings, and stories of his death are the stuff of legends. Tied up Read more about Dimbanyika: First Vhavenda King South of the Limpopo[…]

Moshesh was presented with his first horse by Lipholo, Moorosi’s dignitary.

Moshoeshoe Book 2: Chief and Statesman

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A herd boy came across the body of a slain warrior.

Moshoeshoe Book 1: Forging the BaSotho Nation

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Nghunghunyani sent two enormous elephant tusks to the British Governor of Pietermaritzburg.

Nghunghunyani: Exiled King and Freedom Fighter

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Soshangana ordered the Ndwandwe around the large fire, and there they sat, facing outwards.

The Battle of Mhlatuze River

The Battle of Mhlatuze River In a rich and impeccably researched new series of illustrated history books called Our Story, aimed at children and adults alike, South African Heritage Publishers is telling the tales that shaped the nation, playing out in all nine provinces. In this, the first of a series of extracts in City Read more about The Battle of Mhlatuze River[…]