South Africans in Dubai
Some of the 50,000 South African expats in Dubai tell Time Out about life in the UAE 11 Comments
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The outside world came to what is today called South Africa when Dutch traders landed in 1652. They established the southern tip as a stopover point on the spice route between Europe and the East, and the city of Cape Town was born.
The Cape of Good Hope was conquered by the British in 1806, whereupon many Dutch settlers (the Boers) headed north and formed their own republics. Diamonds and gold were discovered in the 1860s, leading to more immigration and the repression of Africa’s native inhabitants.
British expansion resulted in the Boer War (1899-1902); the British won, but the two sides ruled together under the banner of the Union of South Africa. The National Party was voted into power in 1948, and apartheid was developed – the separate development of races. This system ended in 1994 when multi-racial elections were held, ushering in Nelson Mandela (pictured) as president and black majority rule.By Time Out Dubai staff
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