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HTS Theological Studies

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OLIVER, Erna  and  OLIVER, Willem H.. The Colonisation of South Africa: A unique case. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2017, vol.73, n.3, pp.1-8. ISSN 2072-8050.

From the 15th century onwards, most of the countries in Africa have been colonised by the European world powers, Great Britain, France, Portugal, Germany, Spain, Italy and Belgium. South Africa was officially colonised in 1652. Apart from the European colonisation being executed from the south of the continent, South Africa also experienced a migration and invasion of people groups from the north. The indigenous people groups, inhabiting the country long before these two groups arrived there, will be discussed as background to the rest of the article. A few factors that made the colonisation of South Africa unique within the African context will be discussed.

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