Julia Blackburn, an acclaimed British writer, has chosen to write about the /Xam or as she describes them 'a Bushman or Bushmen group', hunter gatherers who inhabited the Karoo or 'the whole of the central interior of South Africa' hundreds of years ago. They were a people of movement who lived in harmony with the natural environment.



Swiss architect, Theophile Schaerer, designed this residence in 1936 for Bernard Kaumhelmer, a Rand pioneer. His daughter Ellen Hellman, the first anthropologist to study urban black communities and the first South African woman to be awarded a Ph.D., lived here. She was chairperson of the SA Institute of Race Relations and a trustee for the Defence and Aid Fund during the Treason Trials.