|1929||During the famine of 1929-1931 in
eastern Ovamboland (which continues till 1933 in the west) known as "ondjala
yomatale" ("famine of the dams"), the SWA Administration intervenes on
a large scale by organising people to dig dams in exchange for food relief. This involves
the mass entry of women and children into the public domain in Ovamboland. Most
"able-bodied" men are encouraged to work on public projects in the south of the
territory. The food-for-work programme moves the existing gender labour division onto a
The Ovamboland Affairs Proclamation, No. 27 of 1929, is passed. This law provides, inter alia, for the setting aside of Ovamboland as a "native reserve for the sole use and occupation of the Ovambo, for the creation of trust funds for each of the tribes in Ovamboland, for the payment of levies by members of the various tribal groupings to those funds, and for the moneys in the funds to be expended by the Administrator".
The first automatic telephone service is inaugurated in Windhoek by Administrator Werth. The first call is made to Mayor John Meinert.
The Windhoek-Gobabis railway line is substantially completed.
A new telephone line is extended from Ondekaremba to Gobabis.
A Roman Catholic mission station is established in Bunya in the Mbunza area of the Kavango.
Mbukushu King Disho I dies. Successor is Dimbu II (until 1939). Dimbus heir, Disho II, is exiled to Botswana by the South Africnas in 1947, returns, however, to Namibia in 1969.
The Mbukushu King (1939-1947) Disho II who
was sent into Exile by the South Africans in 1947 at Mukwe, June 1975
From 1947 to 1969 the Mbukushu area is ruled by King Max Makushe. After
1969 the Mbukushu kingdom is represented by Fumu Alfons Majavero und Fumu Frans Dimbare.
|25.02.||A deputation of the Deutsche Bund in Südwestafrika takes up the issue of the German language and German voting rights with SA Prime Minister JBM Hertzog.|
|March||The unsuccessful Deutsche Bund deputation states that the "blacks" have a "very low standard of civilisation", and self-rule could only be exercised on an equal basis by "white" British and German subjects.|
|03.03.||The so-called "Angola Trek" ends in Outjo.|
|12.05.||Sam Shafiishuna Nujoma is born in Okahao (Ovamboland).|
|03.07.||The UNSWP wins a two-thirds majority in the general "all-white" elections for the Legislative Assembly. SWA Administrator AJ Werth neutralises this result by appointing more Germans to the Assembly. German members continue to campaign for German language rights and against automatic naturalisation.|
|01.09.||The administration of the Caprivi
Strip reverts to the SWA Administration (until 1939). Negotiations begin for the
finalisation of the south-western Caprivi Strip border between the Okavango and Chobe
Rivers. The border is fixed "from a point twenty miles south of the point where
the line from Andara (Thipanana Island) intersects the Chobe River, thence along a line
running parallel with and twenty miles south of the northern boundary".
A government delegation from Windhoek tries to cross the western Caprivi Strip from Andara. The delegation is not able to traverse the Kwando River and is forced to return. These transport-related problems are the reason that the administration of the Caprivi Strip reverts back to Pretoria in 1939.