Bewis [13 Nov 1942 - 23 Jan 1973]

These are records on bewis(bewys). Bewis are certificates of ownership which were issued by chiefs to the animals' owners as a proof that they are the rightful owners of the animals. When acquiring or disposing of an animal the person had to apply for bewis from his chief. Even when a person was selling wool, mohair, skin and hides he had to have a bewis. The chief on his part had to satisfy himself that the animal has not been stolen. Bewis were issued for cows, horses, donkeys, sheep and goats as a proof of ownership. It is manatory for owners of animals to have bewis. Bewis was also a means of controlling stock theft.
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  • Bewis [21 Sep 1964 - 10 Feb 1966]

    File Ref: EAP279/1/1/1
    Letters mostly from Chief of Ha Tsilo to Principal Chief of Matsieng applying for bewis for his people. ...
  • Bewis Centres [22 Mar 1954 - 13 Jun 1956]

    File Ref: EAP279/1/1/2
    Correspondence between Paramount Chief, Chief of Matsieng, Assistant Resident Commissioner, Ward chiefs in Matsieng regarding the bewys centres. There is also a circular about the lost bewys books in the Butha-Buthe District. ...
  • Bewis Complaints [12 Sep 1960 - 16 Dec 1966]

    File Ref: EAP279/1/1/3
    Letters from the ward chiefs in Matsieng and general public to the Paramount Chief and Chief of Matsieng complaining about the issuing of bewis whereby in some cases bewis writers are refusing to issue bewis to certain individuals and also conflicts betwee ...
  • Acting Chiefs [7 May 1954 - 3 Apr 1958]

    File Ref: EAP279/1/1/4
    Correspondence between the office of the Paramount Chief and Principal and Ward Chiefs, Assistant Resident Commissioner and even to the Senior Gaoler on bewys issues such as payment of bewys writers, bewys applications and requests for stationery for bewys ...
  • "[Correspondence regarding bewys, 27 Jun 1958 - 8 Aug 1966]"

    File Ref: EAP279/1/1/5
    Correspondence between the Principal Chief of Matsieng and Ward Chiefs of Matsieng regarding issuing of bewys. Advertisement for the positions of bewys writers in Maseru district. ...
  • "Bewys Centre Ha Ramabele, Makoabating, Paanya le Ha Taka [29 Dec 1961 -...

    File Ref: EAP279/1/1/6
    Letters from Ward chiefs of Ha Ramabele, Makoabating, Paanya and Taka addressed to Principal Chief of Matsieng requesting him to issue bewys. Matsieng bewys writer applying for bewys for their people. ...
  • "[Letters from Chief of Phahameng, 15 Sep 1964 - 13 Jan 1966]"

    File Ref: EAP279/1/1/7
    Letters from Chief of Phahameng, Morija, Chief Libetsa Nkoto to Paramount Chief requesting bewys for his people for their stock, wool and hides and skins. ...
  • Bewys Centre [14 Aug 1972 - 6 Nov 1972]

    File Ref: EAP279/1/1/8
    Letters from ward chiefs of Matsieng to Bewys Writer in Matsieng applying for bewys for animals to be sold and for paying lobola. ...
  • Bewys Centres [12 Nov 1959 - 22 May 1961]

    File Ref: EAP279/1/1/9
    Correspondence between the office of the Paramount Chief and Principal and Ward Chiefs, on issuing of bewys included are complaints regarding the issuing of bewys. There is a from the office of the Executive Secretary Maseru District Council informing all ...
  • Bewys Centres [7 Sep 1964 - 18 Feb 1966]

    File Ref: EAP279/1/1/10
    Letters from Chief of Sehlabeng, Makubata, Chief Shakhane Makubata, Chief of Mafikalisiu, Chief Mofumotse Khoabane and Chief of Mosoang Chief Jobo Nthoana to Principal Chief of Matsieng requesting that his people be given bewys for their animals, wool, hid ...
  • Bewis [24 Nov 1961 - 14 Sep 1964]

    File Ref: EAP279/1/1/11
    Correspondence to Paramount Chief mostly from Chief of Makeneng requesting chief of Matsieng to write bewys for his people. ...
  • Bewis Centres [7 May 1968 - 31 Oct 1968]

    File Ref: EAP279/1/1/12
    Correspondence between Principal Chief of Matsieng and chiefs under Matsieng Ward on issues of bewys writing, it includes complaints on issuing of bewys. There is also correspondence between the Chief of Matsieng to the Secretary District office requesting ...
  • Bewis Centres Maseru [31 Oct 1968 - 23 Jan 1973]

    File Ref: EAP279/1/1/13
    Correspondence between Paramount chief and ward chiefs in Maseru district regarding issuing of bewys. Some of the chiefs involved are chief of Setleketseng, Semonkong, Mazenod, Senqunyane, Ha Toloane etc. The Paramount Chief had to intervene when the ward ...
  • Bewis Centres [13 Jun 1956 - 11 Nov 1959]

    File Ref: EAP279/1/1/14
    Complaints from the general public about the issuing of bewys by their chiefs and bewys writers who either refuse to give them bewys or make them pay. Report of lost bewys book from chiefs and bewys writer, there is also a letter from the District Commissi ...
  • Bewys writer 51-54 [13 Nov 1942 - 4 Feb 1954]

    File Ref: EAP279/1/1/15
    Requests for employment of bewys of writers from ward chiefs to Paramount Chief and responses from the paramount Chief. There also copies of bewis and applications for bewis. ...