Mpumalanga is known for its spectacular
landscapes and its teeming game
reserves. But it also has an
extraordinarily rich and vivid history
that has not been adequately recognised
or represented, and whose potential
contribution to tourism, education, and
economic development therefore remains
ground-breaking study is aimed at
ensuring that the province's compelling
past lives on in the present.
Written by some of South Africa's
foremost researchers, and richly
illustrated with historical and
contemporary photographs, it tells a
story beginning with the geological
records of the first emergence of life
on Earth more than three billion years
ago, and concluding with the dawn of an
inclusive democracy in South Africa.
covered include geology, archaeology,
rock art, traditions of early
settlement, frontier conflicts, the
South African War, conservation,
economic development, political
struggles in the 20th century, and the
significance of all of this in the light
of contemporary debates over heritage.
is aimed at raising awareness of and
stimulating debate about issues of
history, heritage, and identity in
Mpumalanga. Ultimately, it seeks to
invite and contribute to new initiatives
to preserve the province's heritage and
present it in ways that will enrich the
lives of current and future generations.
is professor of history at the
University of the Witwatersrand.
His previous publications include The
Land belongs to US and a
Lion Amongst the Cattle