"It is the far future of Africa . . . which depresses me," wrote Olive Schreiner in 1883, in The Story of an African Farm.
She put her finger on a truth that has not gone away.
"I believe we are standing on the top of a long downward slope. We shall reach the bottom at last, probably amid the horrors of a war with our Native races, then not the poor savage or the generous race we might have bound to ourselves by a little generosity or sympathy, but a fierce, half-educated, much brutalized race, who will have their own!"