Rehoboth Baster Community


1990 - present

Struggle to regain self-determination

In 1990 Namibia became independent and with it Rehoboth lost its self-government, which many Basters want returned.

1979 - 1989


After elections a new government was set up which governed Rehoboth as a semi-independent state

1928 - 1979

The South African period

The Rehoboth Basters were incorporated into the South African system of Apartheid.

1915 - 1928

The interim period

After the defeat of the Germans by South African forces in 1915 many attempts were made by the Rehoboth Basters to regain their self-determination.

1885 - 1915

The German colonial period

In 1885 the Rehoboth Basters entered into a treaty with the German government which was the beginning of German colonial expansion in Rehoboth.

1863 - 1885

The great migration and establishment of a new state

A group of Basters migrated to Rehoboth between 1868 and 1870. At the peace conference of Okahandja on 23September 1870, the Basters were granted permission by the participants to permanently settle the area around Rehoboth as a buffer between the Nama and Herero. The Rehoboth Basters set up a constitution, elected political representatives and settled the Rehoboth area.

Before 1863


The Basters are a people in Southern Africa descendent from European settlers and the Khoikhoi (the indigenous Southern-African population).