Cobus van Bosch

Chiefs from Bechuanaland, late 1800’s. (Oil on canvas, 61cm x 76cm, 2013).
Source: Western Cape Archives

The Tswana people finally lost self government in 1891 when the Protectorate of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana) was placed under the administration of the High Commissioner for South Africa. Four years later King Khama III struck a deal with the British for permanent protection. This prevented the annexation of Bechuanaland by the Union of South Africa in 1910 and paved the way for its independence in 1966 as the Republic of Botswana.