Cllr DuBois Reviews
Labourer or Settler -
Colonial Natal's Indian Dilemma
1860 - 1897 by Duncan Dubois R190
Labourer or Settler
addresses the question of how, neither by
accident nor design, Natal became home
to over 50,000 Indian
Immigrants during the
latter half of the nineteenth century.
Duncan Dubois recounts how, from 1860, at
the request of fewer than 50
planters, colonial Natal
on a labour dispensation which
significantly transformed its character
by:Tony Leon and Prof. Goolam Vahed
With the exception of a number of hagiographies, that is, works that are generally uncritical about an individual or a family,
the colonial South Coast is a largely unstudied region. As such it made an ideal Ph.D topic in terms of its scope and relevance. I was also inspired to undertake the study as a consequence of many happy times spent on on the South Coast as a child.
I commenced background reading in the latter part of 2010 and worked almost daily on it from the beginning of 2011 until late November 2013 when I submitted the completed dissertation at UKZN. A work of this nature involves performing three tasks virtually simultaneously: ongoing research in either the Archives or at a repository such as Killie Campbell, collating information already gathered and drafting it into a new chapter while revising drafts returned by my supervisor for correction or refinement. The bulk of my research findings were gleaned from unpublished records housed in the Pietermaritzburg Archives
After completing the dissertation, I re-worked it by adding a chapter, removing theoretical material which is required for higher degrees and including additional material as well as images and illustrations. The manuscript was accepted by SunPress Media in Bloemfontein for publication. It then took nearly a year of editing, adding material, proof reading and tweaking before the book emerged in printed form in September 2015.
I have always been academically inclined and have a lifelong interest in history. Once retiring from school teaching in 2010, I was able to plunge headlong into research and writing which I still pursue on almost a daily basis
A LIFELONG BLUFF RESIDENT
have lived at Brighton Beach my
Between 1976 and 1987
I was on the staff of Grosvenor
Boys' High. I retired from education
Challenges to the Bluff
The Bluff as a
peninsula is situated on the
doorstep of Africa’s second largest
port (Port Said in Egypt is the
largest in terms of cargo handled).
As such, the Bluff
cannot be compared with Umhlanga or
Durban North which are not
ring-fenced by container depots and
the petro-chemical industry.
On the Bluff itself
there are more than 40 unoccupied
properties which have become
utilisation of the land which has
been returned to the Zanzibari
community has implications for the
Bluff as a whole.
future of the Bluff golf course and
the green lung it occupies are of
critical importance to the Bluff in
terms of property-ownership.
existing facilities and enforcement
is a bugbear Metro-wide because of
skills shortages within the Metro
and the capacity to deliver.
When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by
compulsion. When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain
from men who produce nothing. When you see that money is flowing to
those who deal, not in goods, but in favours. When you see that men get
richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect
you against them, but protect them against you. When you see corruption
being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice; you may know that
your society is doomed.
Government's view of the economy could be
summed up in a few short phrases: If it
moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate
it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
‘The trouble with socialism is
that eventually you run out of other
inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal
sharing of the blessings.
inherent blessing of socialism is the equal
sharing of misery.
The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled;public debts should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled; assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed.People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance.- CICERO,Rome,55BC.
What this country needs are more unemployed
-- Edward Langley
Artist (1928 - 1995)
If you think health care is expensive now,
wait until you see what it will cost you
when its free!
P. J. O'Rourke
FIVE TRUTHS YOU CANNOT DISAGREE WITH
You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity bylegislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
What one person receives without working; for another person must work for without receiving.
The government cannot give anybody anything that it did not first take from somebody else.
You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.
When half the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them; then when the other half gets the idea that it does no good because somebody is going to get what they work for,
that is the beginning of the end of the nation.