Burgers accepted the offer, and in 1872 was elected president.
The appointment of Burgers to the presidency in 1872 was a new departure.
In 1875 Burgers proceeded to Europe with the project of raising a loan for the construction of a railway to Delagoa Bay.
On his return to the Transvaal in 1876 Burgers found that the conditions of affairs in the state was worse than ever.
Burgers then proceeded to levy taxes, which were never paid; to enrol troops, which never marched; and to continue the head of a government which had neither resources, credit nor power of administration.