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Birthplace of General Louis Botha

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Sign leading to the monument marking the spot where General Louis Botha was born

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The monument marking the spot where General Louis Botha was born

Photo © Steven Herbert

KwaZulu-Natal

Louis Botha was born at this spot near Greytown on 27th September 1862. He was one of 13 children.

His early military career included him leading a group of Boer soldiers who supported Dinuzulu in his battle against Zibhebhu.

In 1897 he became a member of the Transvaal parliament.

Botha fought in the Second Boer War and was promoted to Commander-in-Chief of the Transvaal Boers.

In 1907 he became Prime Minister of Transvaal and in 1910 he became the first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa.

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