Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Karretjie people in the Northern Cape who are some of the last nomads say life has become difficult for them


Karretjie people in the Northern Cape who are some of the last nomads say life has become difficult for them since they decided to settle in one place.These were once a regular sight on our roads in the Western Cape and Northern Cape as they trekked in search of work on farms in the area travelling by donkey carts. They are now settled at a squatter camp outside Colesburg are now faced with challenges of getting jobs and houses. Nobelungu Nowapane reports.


Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Karretjiemense - An interview with Professor Mike de Jongh (In Afrikaans)


Die Prontuit-span van Kyknet het een van die vele unieke groeperinge in Suid-Afrika besoek – die Karretjiemense van die Groot Karoo. Dié nomadiese groep mense se voortbestaan word erg bedreig en slegs enkele van hulle leef nog soos hulle voorgeslagte wat met donkiekarretjies van plaas na plaas getrek het om skaap te skeer en draad te werk. Die groep mense het die dramaturg, Athol Fugard so geïnspireer dat hy, saam met Riana Steyn, sy eerste, en tot dusver enigste Afrikaanse drama, gekryf het. Die Laaste Karretjiegraf, gaan oor die Karretjiemense en het in 2013 gedebuteer. Dis ook deesdae ‘n voorgeskrewe werk vir graad 11-leerlinge. Maar eers gesels ons met die antropoloog, professor Mike de Jongh, wat sonder twyfel die voorste navorser oor die Karretjiemense is. Hy het in 1991 begin met navorsing oor hulle en is steeds daarmee besig.

A Photographic Tour - "Die laaste Karretjiegraf"


Die Laaste Karretjiegraf

Directed by Athol Fugard. The Fugard Studio 2013.





The Lost “Karretjie People” of the Karoo - A Revisit

By GroundUp

One hundred year old former karretjie patriarch Oupa Lodewyk Slinger at his family's new home in Riemvasmaak housing development in Colesberg. His ID book shows that he was born in 1914. After decades of living on the road and migrating with his family on an annual cycle of sheep shearing work, Slinger and the family have settled and received a government house. Oupa Slinger's story is the subject of an upcoming documentary by Timothy Gabb. Photo by Russell Bruns.




Having a Place Called Home is Still a Pipedream for Karoo's Karretjie People

The descendants of the "Karretjie" people of the Karoo are demanding better service delivery from their municipality in the Eastern Cape. They are homeless and have been living at the side of a road for 36 years. And yes they havent moved since the article was posted. Read the article here.