First Cabinet of Louis Botha

The Louis Botha government appointed the members of the government in South Africa led by Prime Minister Louis Botha between 31 May 1910 and 3 September 1919.

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1st Cabinet of Union of South Africa
(since 1909 South Africa Act)
1910
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Louis Botha (c. 1915)
Date formed15 September 1910 (1910-09-15)
Date dissolved20 October 1915 (1915-10-20)
People and organisations
Head of stateKing George V (represented by The Viscount Gladstone, later The Viscount Buxton)
Head of governmentLouis Botha
No. of ministers8
Member partySouth African Party
Status in legislatureMajority
Opposition partyUnionist Party
Opposition leaderLeander Starr Jameson
History
Election(s)1910
Legislature term(s)5 years, 1 month and 5 days
SuccessorBotha II
1st Cabinet of Union of South Africa.
(c.1910)
Front (left to right): J. W. Sauer, Louis Botha and Abraham Fischer.
Back (left to right): J. B. M. Hertzog, Henry Burton, F. R. Moor, C. O'Grady Gubbins, Jan Smuts, H. C. Hull, F. S. Malan and David Graaff.

The former boer general Louis Botha, Prime Minister of Transvaal was appointed by the British crown to become the first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa during its formation on 31 May 1910. The very first national general elections were held on 15 September 1910 and ended in the victory of the coalition led by the "Het Volk" party led by Louis Botha (67 seats) against the 37 seats won by the Unionists of Leander Starr Jameson. The remaining 26 seats were won by small parties.

The Botha coalition, made up of Anglo-Afrikaner parties, became the South African Party. In Elections of October 1915, the South African Party won 54 seats against 40 for Unionists 27 seats in the National Party, 4 seats to the Labour Party of South Africa and six seats distributed among small groups.


CabinetEdit

Post Minister Term Party
Prime Minister   Gen. Louis Botha 1910 1915 SAP
Minister of Agriculture
The Hon. H.C. van Heerden MP
1913 1915 SAP
Gen. Louis Botha 1912 1913 SAP
The Hon. J.W. Sauer MP 1912 1912 SAP
Gen. Louis Botha 1910 1912 SAP
Minister of Commerce and Industry
(merged with Department of Mines in 1912)
The Hon. George Leuchars MP
1911 1912 SAP
The Hon. F.R. Moore MP 1910 1911 SAP
Minister of Defence
(newly formed)
  Gen. Jan Smuts 1912 1915 SAP
Minister of Education
The Hon. F.S. Malan MP
1910 1915 SAP
Minister of Finance   Gen. Jan Smuts 1912 1915 SAP
The Hon. Henry Charles Hull MP 1910 1912 SAP
Minister of Interior Affairs   Gen. Jan Smuts 1913 1915 SAP
The Hon. Abraham Fischer MP 1912 1913 SAP
Gen. Jan Smuts 1910 1912 SAP
Minister of Justice
The Hon. Nicolaas de Wet MP
1913 1915 SAP
The Hon. J.W. Sauer MP 1912 1913 SAP
The Hon. J.B.M. Hertzog MP 1910 1912 SAP
Minister of Lands and Irrigation
The Hon. Hendrik Schalk Theron MP
1913 1915 SAP
The Hon. Abraham Fischer MP 1910 1913 SAP
Minister of Mines and Industry
The Hon. F.S. Malan MP
1912 1915 SAP
Gen. Jan Smuts 1910 1912 SAP
Minister of Native Affairs   Gen. Louis Botha 1913 1915 SAP
The Hon. J.W. Sauer MP 1912 1913 SAP
The Hon. J.B.M. Hertzog MP 1912 1912 SAP
The Hon. Henry Burton MP 1910 1912 SAP
Minister of Posts and Telegraphs
The Hon. Thomas Watt MP
1912 1915 SAP
The Hon. George Leuchars MP 1912 1912 SAP
The Hon. D.P. de Villiers Graaf MP 1910 1912 SAP
Minister of Public Works
The Hon. Thomas Watt MP
1912 1915 SAP
The Hon. D.P. de Villiers Graaf MP 1910 1912 SAP
Minister of Railways and Harbours
The Hon. Henry Burton MP
1912 1915 SAP
The Hon. J.W. Sauer MP 1910 1912 SAP

SourcesEdit

  • "Geocities – South Africa". Geocities (Web Archive). Archived from the original on 16 October 2007. Retrieved 16 October 2007.