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And he begins a programme of rearmament to improve his republic's military capability.
On the British side new factors make war increasingly likely.
Kruger, convinced that war is inevitable, takes energetic steps in preparation.
After the Jameson Raid the Boers have increasingly good reason to distrust British intentions.Specifically political organizations accompany this development. Parties committed to Afrikaner self-government are formed - Het Volk ('The People') in the Transvaal in 1905, and Orangia Unie ('Orange Union') in the Orange River Colony in 1906.An unspecific promise of internal self-government for the two Boer colonies has been included in the Vereeniging treaty.They adopt extremely successful guerrilla tactics, prompting an equally unconventional and much criticized response from the British.Kitchener, by now in sole command (Roberts returns to Britain in January 1901) adopts three ruthless but effective measures.
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In 1895 Joseph Chamberlain, a man with a strong imperialist vision, becomes the British secretary of state for the colonies.