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Timothy Gabb Follows in Michael de Jongh’s Footsteps Researching the Karretjie People

Roots and Routes: Karretjie People of the Great KarooTimothy Gabb has written an article for Ground Up about the Karretjie Mense of the Karoo, the people that Michael de Jongh profiled in Roots and Routes: Karretjie People of the Great Karoo: The Marginalisation of a South African First People. Referring to De Jongh’s research, Gabb described their nomadic existence that has been impacted by political and agricultural shifts.

In and around Colesberg, a small historical town on the N1 mid-way between Cape Town and Johannesburg, I met a group of impoverished sheep shearers living in abject poverty, surviving in tiny tin shacks on the verges of public roads. Only recently, in the last 15 years, have they become a settled, sedentary people.

They are known as the Karretjie Mense of the Karoo, a label they have given themselves because for the last 80 years, prior to the recent shifts in agricultural and political landscapes, they lived nomadically on donkey carts.

Gabb has shared the trailer for a documentary he made, called Karretjie, which tells “the story of two families born on the road”.

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  • Roots and Routes: Karretjie People of the Great Karoo: The Marginalisation of a South African First People by Michael de Jongh
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    EAN: 9781868886654
 

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