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Special conference held in the St. John's Hall, Kimberley, February 27th to March 2nd, 1914, in connection with the Native Lands Act, 1913

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Title:
Special conference held in the St. John's Hall, Kimberley, February 27th to March 2nd, 1914, in connection with the Native Lands Act, 1913
Series Title:
Papers of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje
Alternate Title:
South African Native National Congress : Programme of a special Conference at St John's Hall, Kimberley, to discuss the Native Lands Act of 1913
Creator:
South African Native National Congress ( Author, Primary )
Place of Publication:
[S.l.]
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Language:
English

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Subjects / Keywords:
Natives Land Act 1913 (South Africa) ( FAST )
South Africa. Natives Land Act 1913 ( LCNAF )
South African Native National Congress ( LCNAF )
Spatial Coverage:
Africa -- South Africa -- Northern Cape -- Frances Baard District -- Kimberley -- St. John's Church Hall
Coordinates:
-26.098283 x 28.050983

Notes

General Note:
Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje was born on 9 October 1876, in the district of Boshof, Orange Free State, South Africa. His parents were Barolongs, coming originally from Thaba Ncho, and trekking eventually to Mafeking. He was educated at Pneil Mission Station (Berlin Missionary Society), near Barkly West, until he passed the fourth standard. He then worked as a student teacher, continuing his study through private lessons from the Rev. G.E. Westphal. In March 1894 he joined the Cape Government Service as a letter- carrier in the Kimberley Post Office. In his own time he studied languages and passed the Cape Civil Service examination in typewriting, Dutch and native languages. In 1898 he was transferred to Mafeking as interpreter, and during the Siege of Mafeking at the outbreak of the Boer War in 1899, he was appointed Dutch interpreter to the Court of Summary Jurisdiction. Plaatje decided to become a journalist in order to give a voice to the Bantu people. He edited a number of Bantu language newspapers including Koranta ea Becoana ( The Bechuana Gazette ) 1902- 1905, a weekly paper in English and Sechuana, which was financed by Chief Silas Molema. He then became Editor of Tsala ea Batho ( The People's Friend ) 1910-c1912. He was elected First Secretary-General of the South African Native National Congress (forerunner of the African National Congress), 1912-1917. In 1914 and 1919 he was a member of the Congress delegation to London against the Natives' Land Act of 1913. As a result of financial difficulties he became stranded in London for some time, but used this time to address meetings and to write Sechuana Proverbs. He returned to South Africa in 1917. Plaatje was also a delegate to the first Government Conference held under the Native Affairs Act. He travelled throughout Europe, Canada and the United States to draw attention to the plight of black South Africans. He was the author of numerous books including Native Life in South Africa (1915), Sechuana Proverbs and their European Equivalents (1916), and A Sechuana Reader. In 1919 he wrote Mhudi (published in 1930), which was the first published novel written in English by a Black South African. He died on 19 June 1932. Further reading: Willan, B., Sol Plaatje: South African Nationalist 1876-1932 , (Heineman, 1984)
General Note:
Dated 27 February - 2 March 1914
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VIAF (name authority) : South Africa. Natives Land Act 1913 : URI http://viaf.org/viaf/177534664
General Note:
VIAF (name authority) : South African Native National Congress : URI http://viaf.org/viaf/266705954

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SOAS University of London
Holding Location:
Special Collections
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Resource Identifier:
MS 375495, Plaatje, Box 1 ( soas order with reference )
MS 375495/03/02 ( calm reference number )

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THE SOUTH AFRICAN
NATIVE NATIONAL CONGRESS.
SPECIAL CONFERENCE
HELD IN THE
St. JOHN’S HALL, KIMBERLEY,
FEBRUARY 27 th to MARCH 2nd, 1914,
IN CONNECTION WITH THE NATIVE LANDS ACT, 1913.
President: Rev. J. L. DUBE.
Sr. Vice-President: Mr. S. M. MAKGATHO.
Treasurer: Mr. P. KA I. SEME, B.A.
Junior Treasurer: Mr. T. M. MAPIKELA.
Hon. Secretary: Mr. SOL T. PLAATJE.
Organising Committee of
W. F. JEMSANA (Chairman).
ELKA M. CELPv (Treasurer).
D. S. LET ANKA.
R. W. MSIMANG.
H. D. MKIZE.
Protest against the Lands Act:
B. G. PHOOKO.
D. D. TYWAKADI.
D. MOELETSI.
M. D. NDABEZITA.
H. SELBY MSIMANG (Hon. Sec.)
S. MSANE, Organiser.


ORDER AND FORM OF BUSINESS.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27.
10.30 a.m.—Opening Ceremony by Right Rev. W. Gore-Browne, Bishop
of Kimberley and Kuruman.
Calling of the Roll.
Reading of Minutes. * <
Discussion.
3 p.m.—Recommendation from Branches.
Discussion.
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Appointment of Committees.
8 p.m.—NO SESSION. Delegates will attend a Concert.given in their
honour, at the City Hall, Kimberley, by Mr. Isaac P.
Joshua, Junior Vice-President of the A.P.O., Mr. P. W.
Mama, Ex-Secretary of the Kimberley Branch of the Con-
gress, and the Kimberley Troubadours.
Mr. Kokozela will present Mr. Dube with an Illuminated Address
from the local Branches. Dr. J. E. Mackenzie and Mr. H.
van Rooyen will speak on behalf of European and Coloured
sympathisers respectively.


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28.
10. o a.m.—Report of Mr. Saul Msane and of the Organising Committee.
3. o p.m.—Discussion.
8. o p.m.—Open. Native Land Act, discussion on.
MONDAY, MARCH 2.
10. o a.m. and 3. o p.111.—Nomination and Election of Delegates to carry-
protest to England, if neccessary.
8. o p.m.—Further discussion on the Land Act. What steps to take.
TUESDAY, MARCH 3.
10. o a.m. and 3. o p.m.—Executive Committee.
Each of the undermentioned is held responsible for the comfort of the
visiting Delegates.
Committees of Local Branches.
Kimberley.—Messrs. Thos. Eeeuw (Chairman), S. Marogo (Treasurer), Bill
Tshabalala, H. Ndlovu, Z. Jumane, A. R. Mashoko, T.
* >
Diniso (Secretary).
Beaconsfield.—Messrs. J. Smith (Chairman), W. January, S. Pehla (Trea-
rurer), Jas. Ngcezula, Ntslienge, B. Mradu, J. S. Kokozela
(Secretary ).
Local Accommodation and Refreshments Committee: Mesdames J.
Smith, S. Sidziya, M. Mahuma, S. Kawa, Mildred Kokozela and E. Skota;
Messrs. Chologi, Matsebe, Pehla, Soga, Ngcezula and Ntshoko.