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  • n. A Boer pioneer, who trekked into the hinterland of South Africa during the 1830s.
  • n. A member of the Afrikaans scouting movement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who treks in advance; a pioneer.


Dutch voor ("advance") + trekken ("to travel"). (Wiktionary)


  • On Tuesday, when the two youths accused of murdering Terre'Blanche appeared at the town's magistrates court, stout, sunburnt white arms brandished the old South African flag, while women dressed in traditional Boer "Voortrekker" costumes piped up the apartheid-era national anthem, in an attempt to out-sing the black crowd's rendition of

    The Guardian World News

  • Maivha pointed out that Louis Trichardt was a Voortrekker pioneer who "dispossessed our people and oppressed us".

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The city's current name was derived from Voortrekker leader

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Jones's field of expertise covers the Zulu-Voortrekker conflict of 1838, the Anglo-Zulu war of 1879, the first South African war of

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • But, he said Afrikaners had been equally insulted by the removal of the bust of Voortrekker leader Louis Trichardt and the unilateral change of the town's name to Makhado.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Pretoria, established in 1855 by Voortrekker settlers, was named after Andries Pretorius, who had led them at Blood River in a victory over the Zulus in 1838.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The meeting was held at Fort Schanskop near the Voortrekker monument and was aimed at finding ways to build a non-racial South

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • At the Voortrekker Monument, an estimated 3500 Afrikaners, many in traditional Voortrekker dress, gathered to mark the Day of the

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The cultures of the Afrikaner and English people have progressively started to merge in recent years, but they have respectively managed to retain distinctive values from their Voortrekker and colonial roots.


  • Honouring this legacy was National Action leader Cassie Aucamp, who turned up in traditional Voortrekker attire.

    ANC Daily News Briefing


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