Williams, Donovan

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Williams, Donovan

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Donovan Williams was a member of staff at the University College of Fort Hare from 1952 to 1959. The college had been established in 1914 as a result of the missionary educational activities of amongst others the Glasgow Missionary Society, Lovedale Missionary Institute, and various churches. In 1959, in pursuit of its policy of apartheid, the South African government took over the control and management of the college through the Department of Bantu Education. In the period leading up to this, the college was the site of upheaval, unrest and uncertainty, leading to a commission of enquiry in 1955. After the transition, many of the existing staff members had their employment terminated, and the nature of the college was irrevocably changed. Apart from his involvement in the affairs of the college during these troubled times, Williams was also interested in the history of missionary activities in the Eastern Cape region. He wrote extensively about personalities such as Tiyo Soga and others who were associated with Lovedale and similar missionary institutions.


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