The Khoikhoi were the first native people to come into contact with the Dutch settlers in the mid 17th century. As the Dutch took over land for farms, the Khoikhoi were dispossessed, exterminated, or enslaved and therefore their numbers dwindled.
Today, only about 100,000 Khoisan, who are also known as Bushmen, remain.
Khoisan /ˈkɔɪsɑːn/, or according to the contemporary Khoekhoegowab orthography Khoe- Sān (pronounced [kxʰoesaːn]), is a catch-all term for the “non-Bantu” indigenous peoples of Southern Africa, combining the Khoekhoen (formerly “Khoikhoi”) and the Sān or Sākhoen (also, in Afrikaans: Boesmans, or in English: Bushmen,
They are skilled hunter-gatherers whom most consider to be the first people living on the land known today as Botswana and South Africa.
For many years, Cape Town residents had their upper front teeth extracted due to regional cultural fashion. A 2003 study performed by the University of Cape Town found that the main reasons for extracting teeth were fashion and peer pressure followed by gangsterism and medical purposes.
This has made them even stronger because they adapt easy and learn most languages.The three most educated tribes are: 1 Venda. The venda people where amongst the poorest in South Africa. 2 Tsonga. The tsonga people are well known for their music and the dance that is called shibelani. 3 Pedi.
The South African Republic (Dutch: Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek or ZAR, not to be confused with the much later Republic of South Africa), is often referred to as The Transvaal and sometimes as the Republic of Transvaal.
A collection of useful phrases in Khoekhoe (Nama), a Khoisan language spoken in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. Useful phrases in Khoekhoe (Nama)
|English||Khoekhoegowab (Khoekhoe / Nama)|
|Hello (General greeting )||Halau|
|Hello (on phone)|
|How are you?||Matisa? (inf) Mîre? (frm)|
The San ate the animals that they hunted and the fruit and seeds that they gathered. They also ate insects, such as beetles, caterpillars, moths, butterflies and termites. Wild honey was a favourite delicacy.
Coloureds (Afrikaans: Kleurlinge or Bruinmense, lit. “Brown people”) are a multiracial ethnic group native to Southern Africa who have ancestry from more than one of the various populations inhabiting the region, including Khoisan, Bantu, Whites, Austronesian, East Asian or South Asian.
Coloured, formerly Cape Coloured, a person of mixed European (“white”) and African (“black”) or Asian ancestry, as officially defined by the South African government from 1950 to 1991.
Land restitution was conceived to benefit black South Africans, but the Khoisan are not generally considered black; they are designated as “ coloured.” The term, originally coined by the British, was used during apartheid to label citizens who did not fit the binary race model—including most Afrikaans-speaking nonwhites
The slave trade started in Cape Town in 1652 after the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck. Slaves from South East Asia were brought to work on the farms after Van Riebeeck set up the supply station of the Dutch East India Company.
1480s – Portuguese navigator Bartholomeu Dias is the first European to travel round the southern tip of Africa. 1497 – Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama lands on Natal coast. 1652 – Jan van Riebeeck, representing the Dutch East India Company, founds the Cape Colony at Table Bay.
The only widespread Khoisan language is Khoekhoe (also known as Khoekhoegowab, Nàmá or Damara) of Namibia, Botswana and South Africa, with a quarter of a million speakers; Sandawe in Tanzania is second in number with some 40–80,000, some monolingual; and the ǃKung language of the northern Kalahari spoken by some 16,000