In early March 1901 Lord Kitchener decided to break the stalemate that the extremely costly war had settled into. It was costing the British taxpayer 2,5 million pounds a month. He decided to sweep the country bare of everything that can give sustenance to the Boers i.e. cattle, sheep, horses, women and children.
Scorched Earth Policy
This scorched earth policy led to the destruction of about 30000 Boer farmhouses and the partial and complete destruction of more than forty towns.. Thousands of women and children were removed from their homes by force.They had little or no time to remove valuables before the house was burnt down. They were then taken by oxwagon or in open cattle trucks to the nearest camp.
Conditions in the camps were less than ideal. Tents were overcrowded. Reduced-scale army rations were provided. In fact there were two scales. Meat was not included in the rations issued to women and children whose menfolk were still figthing. There were little or no vegetables, no fresh milk for the babies and children, 3/4 lb of either mealie meal, rice or potatoes, 1 lb of meat twice weekly, I oz of coffee daily, sugar 2 oz daily, and salt 0,5 oz daily (this was for adults and children who had family members on commando).
Lewe op Kommando Gedenklesing / Life on commando Commemorative Lecture
25 Mei / May 2013 - 'n Gedenklesing i.v.m die vegtende Burgers wat deelgeneem het aan Anglo-Boereoorlog tot die Bittereinde sowel as die Burgers wat geneuwel het terwyl hulle op Kommando was / A commemorative lecture regarding the combatant participants of the Anglo-Boer War that fought till the bitter end as well as those Burghers that died in the field while on commando.