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South African Stamouers/Progenitors - Overview

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This project provides an informative overview of all the projects on SA Progenitors, & is NOT intended to have profiles attached to it. It is all-embracing and aims to have no political influences or connotations.

We pay tribute to all our progenitors & their descendants, who are more than bodies of data on a World Tree, but embody, in us, the Bantu principle of “Ubuntu” – I am because we are. The history of South Africa is a long road of interracial wars and domination, and where we are today is not yet a resolution:

There is a South Africa from which we have departed, a regime that we have conquered, an old order that is behind us. But there is a new South Africa that we have not entered. A new South Africa for which we continue to long, to yearn and to strive: the New Land of our dreams. And in between these two countries there is this time and place we are now – a land that is not the same as the land from which we departed in 1994, yet a land that is not yet the land of our dreams – a land between the two lands, a time between the two times. Rev Bongani Finca in 'South African Voices'

All Progenitors in SA

Progenitors from Southern Africa

Progenitors from Europe

Progenitors From Further Afield

Ethnic Groups

The South African People can broadly be grouped into the following Ethic Groups:


Nguni (See also Kruger 2 Canyons Tribal History) Nguni

  • Bamalete
  • Ndebele (See extract below)
  • Swazi
  • Zulu (Fingo · Khumalo)
  • amaXhosa The creation of the major political groupings of the southern Nguni area, the Xhosa, the Thembu,the Mpondo & the Mpondomise, resulted from the rise of particular descent groups, respectively, the Tshawe, Hala, Nyawazu & Majola to a position of dominance over their localities. The extension of their power was a slow process, beginning long before the more dramatic creation of the Zulu state in northern Nguniland, & continuing right up to the Colonial conquest. [Peires, JB. ‘The House of Phalo’. Johannesburg, SA, Raven Press, 1981. Print p23]


  • Basotho/S.
  • Sotho (Extract below) (Bakoena · Bataung · Batlokwa) See also Kruger 2 Canyons Tribal History Sotho
  • Pedi/N. Sotho (Balobedu · Mabelane) and Southern and Northern Sotho
  • Tswana Kruger 2 Canyons Tribal History


  • Tsonga Kruger 2 Canyons Tribal History
  • Venda Kruger 2 Canyons Tribal History




The Coloureds of South Africa


Indigenous People of South Africa (San and KhoiKhoi)

  • Khoisan
  • Bushmen
  • Khoikhoi
  • !Kung

Interesting Sources and Suggested Reading


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