Sentinel Blockhouse in Burgersdorp
When War borke out between the Boer Republics and the British Forces in South Africa, England contracted a series of Blockhouses to protect their lines of supply from the Cape Colony. Roughly 8000 of these fortifications were built during the war with Barbed wire between them spanned around 5000 km to try and counter the guerilla-tactics of the Boer commandos. The Blockhouses were manned by 50 000 British troops with their time mostly spent in utter boredom. Read more about the ANglo Boer War Blockhouses at http://www.angloboerwar.com/other-information/16-other-information/1844-blockhouses. The Sentinel Blockhouse at Burgersdorp in the Eastern Cape is a lovely example of a well-preserved Anglo Boer War Blockhouse.
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Let's mention a few African heroes you may have heard of, for inspiration in the face of the continued economic inequality and violence which plague Africa today: Nelson Mandela, first democratically elected President of South Africa, who fought against apartheid and served 27 years in prison while advocating freedom and peace. Haile Salassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, who resisted Mussolini and the fascist Italian invasion of WWII, and who is worshipped as an incarnation of God by the Rastafari movement. Kwame Nkrumah, first Prime Minister of Ghana, advocate of uniting Africa in Pan-Africanism. Fela Kuti, inventor of Afrobeat music, who declared his home to be an independent state, ran for president of Nigeria, and to whose funeral ONE MILLION PEOPLE came to pay their respects.
In June 2001 the African Union was formed, consisting of 53 African States organized, like in the EU, around common economic and political development.
Text by Steve Smith.