Kimberley Bk 1: Hill to Hole
a story of Kimberley which covers the impact of the discovery of diamonds on all South Africa’s people. Both those who lived in the area at the time – the Batlhaping and their leaders Galeshewe, Toto and Jantjie the Korana and Griqua – as well those who travelled long distances on foot to earn money for their clans and themselves. Before Johannesburg existed, the Vhavenda would walk from Vhembe to Kimberley – a distance of about 1000km – and would rest for a period at a halfway point. A resting place in Tshivenda is “chiawelo”. Later the area became part of Soweto and is now one of its suburbs. The root of the Bafokeng’s wealth and money for the purchase of guns by Kumkani Langalibalele of the amaHlubi are some of the less known consequences of the discovery of diamonds.