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Anglo Boere Oorlog/Boer War (1899-1902) PIETERSBURG Kamp/Camp

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Pietersburg was the northernmost camp in the Transvaal system, isolated and difficult to service. Although Pietersburg itself was relatively open, the nearby Zoutpansberg was mountainous and forested, bordering on Mozambique. The town was only occupied by the British on 8 April 1901 and, initially, the people of this region were housed in Irene camp. It was only after some thought that it was decided to establish a camp in such a remote area, in May 1901. This was still, in some respects, frontier territory, vulnerable to attacks from local African societies who remained unsubdued by the Boers. While there were some established farmers, much of the wealth of the area was derived from lumber and mining. Slave trading (the capture and sale of black children as apprentices to Boer farmers) still occurred occasionally. Many of the families were subsistence farmers at best and the presence of the Buys clan of Mara was an indication of the ‘in-between’ status of some of the people. These were the descendents of a Cape colonial renegade, Coenrad Buys, who had married into local black families. His descendents, however, did not identify with black society (in the camp context at least) and refused to be classed with black camp inmates. Instead, they maintained a separate identity in Pietersburg camp, living largely in their own wagons but rationed by the camp authorities. The head of the family was ‘a big burly negro, who rules his camp with great discretion’, the Ladies Committee noted in November 1901. Pietersburg was close to malaria country and the health of the region was notoriously poor so it was inevitable that the mortality in Pietersburg camp should be high.

A detailed description, Pietersburg, can be seen on the web site British Concentration Camps of the South African War 1899-1902. An overview is also provided (in Afrikaans) on Wikipedia: Pietersburg-konsentrasiekamp

One of the camp inmates Jacobus Johannes Potgieter compiled a personal perspective, Die JJ Potgieter manuskrip, of the Anglo-Boer War and of his own experiences (including grave digging and his eventual escape) relating to the Pietersburg Camp.

The object of reproducing the list here is to see if these people can be located on Geni (Please list surname at the time, i.e.1901-1902)

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THEY DIED IN THE CAMP

Pietersburg Concentration Camp cemetery on the eGSSA web site.

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