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Correspondence in 1902 on the recruitment of Africans to work in mines
(Catalogue ref: DO 119/718)
Source 8a

From the Acting General Manager, De Beers Consolidated Mines, Ltd.
To the Resident Commissioner.
General Manager's Office,
2nd January, 1902.

Dear Sir,

Mr F.A. Muhlenbeck writes us that he has had an interview with you in reference to his being granted a license to collect native labourers in the Protectorate for work in our mines.

I beg to say that we shall be pleased if you issue such a license for one year to him. We are prepared to stand security for his good behaviour to the extent of one hundred pounds as provided for by law.

I may say that Mr. Muhlenbeck has been collecting boys at Mafeking for us for about one year, and has always given us satisfaction in his dealings with the natives, as well as with us.

In the event of his being granted a license, we shall be pleased if every facility is given to him to travel in the Protectrate to collect natives.

Yours faithfully,
Alpheus T. Williams.
Acting General Manager.

Source 8b

Resident Commissioner's Office,
Mafeking, 6th January, 1902.

I have the honour to enclose a copy of a letter which I have received from the Acting General Manager of the De Beers Consolidated Mines, asking me to issue a license to Mr. F.A. Muhlenbeck to collect native labourers in the Protectorate for work in the De Beers Mines.

I am not as yet satisfied that Mr. Muhlenbeck is a proper person to hold such a licence, but this is a matter with which I will not trouble you.

What, however, I shall be glad to know is whether the issue of this or a similar licence in respect to De Beers will in any way conflict with His Excellency's plans with regard to the obtaining of native labour for the Witwatersrand Gold Fields.

I have the honour to be,

Your obedient Servant.

Resident Commissioner.
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