In addition to land, settlers required labor. The 1916 annual report of the Grootfontein military magistrate had already addressed the question of farm labor. Like its German predecessors, it suggested that Bushman "children should be taken when young and apprenticed to some useful calling but it will need several generations of apprentices to produce a Bushman fit for labor even supposing the apprentice does not take the first opportunity to desert" (ADM 112, Annual Report 1916). Although there is no record that this was official policy, it certainly was informal policy for a number of years. 1