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Title:'(To) Reserve to the Native Tribes Such Locations as They May be Fairly and Equitably Entitled to': The Transvaal Location Commission (1881-1899)
Author:Bergh, Johan
Periodical:South African Historical Journal
Geographic terms:South Africa
Subjects:land reform
colonial administration
native reserves
Politics and Government
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Ethnic and Race Relations
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Abstract:After the Anglo-Transvaal War (1880-1881), with the introduction of the Location Commission and a formal trusteeship system, a new dispensation emerged on land for African settlement in the Transvaal. The Pretoria Convention provided for a 'Native Location Commission' to 'reserve to the native tribes of the State such locations as they may be fairly and equitably entitled to', due regard being had to the actual occupation of such tribes. In addition, article 13 of the Convention stipulated that Africans were allowed to acquire land on their own initiative, but that this land was to be registered in the name of the Location Commission 'in trust' for them. What were the circumstances and background that led to the establishment of the Native Location Commission in the Transvaal in 1881? What were the guidelines, constraints and internal dynamics of this Commission? To what extent can its work be regarded as significant and successful? This article provides answers to these questions. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]