Tourism, Accommodation and Historical Attractions in Natal, South Africa
The Natal Battlefields
The Second Boer War - The Colenso Concentration Camp.
The Second Boer War - The Colenso Concentration Camps.
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All equipment and staff were moved from Pietersburg, firstly to Colenso for 50 days and then to Pinetown. This was done as a punitive measure for the attack on the Pietersburg camp by General CF Beyers on 23 January 1902.
The Pinetown concentration camp, consisting entirely of tents, was erected during March 1902 and broke up with the transfer of all inhabitants, staff and equipment back to Pietersburg during July, August and September 1902. During the existence of this camp at Colenso and Pinetown 34 inhabitants died. The sites of the graveyards are unknown.
Vice-president of the Transvaal, General Schalk Burger, visited all Natal camps to explain its implications. From then on inhabitants were repatriated from the various camps, now as British subjects, to what was left of their farms in order to start rebuilding their lives and property.