The rain queen, Queen Modjadji lives in complete
seclusion deep in the forest where she practices the age-old
secretive rituals to make rain. On the political front, the Rain
Queen has always held a special place of respect amongst African
leaders, including the great Zulu king, Shaka, who respected her
and once sought her help with a bad drought in Zululand.
Charlotte Maxeke was the first African woman
from South Africa to obtain a BSc and the first African woman to
be made a probation officer. Dr Charlotte Maxeke, was also the
first African woman in South Africa to hold the degree of Doctor
of Arts and Humanities. Charlotte Maxeke achieved political
prominence as a leader of women demonstrators against proposals
to extend the pass system to women. During the 1930s Charlotte
Maxeke played a leading role in the establishment of the
National Council of African Women.
The first documented mention of an indigenous
tribe in the Ficksburg district refers to Regent 'Manthatisi and
her people, known as Batlokwa. This grand leader arrived in the
district in the early 1800s. From 1821 to 1824, the "Difaqane"
or War of Extinction saw 'Manthatisi carrying out raids as far
as Kuruman with her 25 000 warriors and cattle "too many to