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Important South African people, dates and events
The Zulus. Khoi, San, and Xhosa
The Dutch East India Company
The Policy of apartheid and Nelson Mandela
Apartheid laws and international sanctions lifted

3000BC - 1000BC: Evidence of migration of people from Somalia and Ethiopia
The Zulus, who belong to the Nguni-speaking peoples, constitute the majority of the population. Other tribes include the Khoi, San, and Xhosa

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400 AD


Migration of the Bantu peoples into South Africa



South African Trade with the Arabs and Phoenicians in ivory, rhino horn, gold, shells and slaves



Portuguese navigator Bartholomeu Dias first European to travel round the southern tip of Africa



July 8 - Vasco da Gama set out on expedition to India via Africa stopping at Mombasa, Mozambique, Malindi and Kenya trading centres



Jan van Riebeeck, working for the Dutch East India Company, founds the Cape Colony at Table Bay and Dutch settlement of South Africa starts



1816 - 1826 Shaka Zulu founds the Zulu empire



1835 - 1840: The Boers leave Cape Colony and found the Orange Free State and the Transvaal



Boers proclaim the Transvaal a republic



Diamonds are discovered at Kimberley



The British and the Boers defeat the Zulus in the Zulu War



1880-81: The Boer War - The Boers rebel against the British



The South African gold rush



Formation of Union of South Africa by former British colonies of the Cape and Natal, and the Boer republics of Transvaal, and Orange Free State



Land Act:  Prevented Blacks from purchasing land



Policy of apartheid adopted by the National Party (NP)



Group Areas Act: To segregate black and white people
The African National Congress (ANC) led by Nelson Mandela initiates civil disobedience



South Africa declared a republic



Nelson Mandela sentenced to life imprisonment



1970's- 1980's - Civil unrest, sanctions imposed on South Africa, forced resettlement process and Township revolts



Nelson Mandela at last released from prison



De Klerk repeals remaining apartheid laws and international sanctions are lifted

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