1924 The last leader of the ||Hawoben from ||Khauxa!nas, !Kharab !Hao-khomab (or Jan Hendrik or Bob), who was involved in the "Bondelswarts Affair of 1922", dies in the Windhoek prison.
General Hertzog is confronted with a petition from chiefs such as Hosea Kutako, reflecting some immediate interests of the Africans.
Baster demands are answered by Proclamation No. 31 of 1924 which transfers all powers of the Baster Kaptein, Raad and Judiciary to the Rehoboth Magistrate.
Whilst the SWA Administration approves the requests of the "Coloured" group for an own settlement in 1921, it also deals a significant blow to the status of the community by promulgating Proclamation No. 34 of 1924 (Native Urban Areas Proclamation) stating that "a coloured person who lives in the native location shall be regarded as native". Furthermore the proclamation provides for the establishment of boards of headmen in the native reserves and advisory boards for the "black" townships in urban areas.
The OMEG opens a ferrovanadium smelter at Tsumeb. In consequence of this development a mine is opened in Abenab (!Apa!ab).
The CDM erects a new diamond recovery plant at Elizabeth Bay.
The Great Namaqua Diamonds (Pty) Ltd. is amalgamated with the Kolmanskop Diamonds Ltd. and is henceforth known as Namaqua Diamonds Ltd. New diamond fields are opened at Charlottenfelder, Holsatia and Fischersbrunn. When water becomes scarce in the northern part of the area, the water pipeline is extended all the way to Fischersbrunn south of Meob Bay, complemented by a telephone line.
The Landeszeitung für Südwestafrika amalgamates with the Allgemeine Zeitung.
The Uukwangali King Kandjimi Hawanga dies at Grootfontein. It is only after his death that Christian missionaries are able to expand in Kavango and start building new mission stations. Kandjimi is followed by Hompa Mbuna (until 1926).
Also in the Kavango Gciriku King Nyangana dies. His successor is King Shampapi (1924-1944).
January Work commences on the Walvis Bay Rooibank Water Scheme, which includes a 32 km railway line.
08.05. The Roman Catholic Church establishes a teachers’ training college in Döbra.
13.05. The Roman Catholic Church receives permission from King Iipumbu ya Tshilongo of the Uukwambi area to establish a mission station at Oshikuku (with permission of the SWA Administration for the Uukwambi and Ombalantu areas). In the same year the Anglican Church starts mission work in Ovamboland (Odibo), after SA had given it permission in 1923 to work in SWA, in places previously in the Rhenish Mission’s care.
17.05. The Windhoek-Gobabis railway line is completed to Kapp’s Farm station.
25.07. Inhabitants of the Vaalgras section of the Tses reserve under the leadership of the Omuherero Gideon Matundu offer concerted resistance to the branding regulations. A number of leaders of the Vaalgras community are arrested and convicted, but before they can be jailed, they are "forcibly rescued from the police by a large mob of natives".
26.07. The National Party of SWA (NPSWA) is formed by Afrikaners (FJ Jooste) in Mariental. The party advocates SWA’s incorporation into SA. For the first time the "whites" are divided on political grounds. The party is initially restricted to the southern farming sector, with branches in Mariental, Gibeon, Kub, Stamprietfontein, Gobabis, Hoachanas and Gochas.
22.08. Herman Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo is born at Omangundu, near Ondangwa. Later he attends the Onayena primary school. Between 1939 and 1942 Andimba visits the Ongwediva training college. In the years 1943 until 1945 he fights on side of the British in World War II. In 1950 he obtains a teaching diploma at St. Mary's school at Odibo.
September F van der Heever, AP Olivier and Andries de Wet found the Union Party (Unie Party) in Windhoek.
03.09. The Deutscher Bund in Südwestafrika (DB)(German League) is founded, with an anti-Union policy.
12.09. The Naturalisation Act, which accords with the London Treaty of 1923, is promulgated. In consequence of this Act, internal restricted autonomy is granted by the SA government.
19.09. The railway section from Kapp’s Farm to Ondekaremba station is opened.
December Frederick Maharero, oldest son of Samuel Maharero, visits SWA. He is, however, expelled by the SWA Administration, because the Ovaherero adopt a "defiant attitude" after Maharero's arrival in the territory.
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