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Anyone who travels over the vast expanse of South Africa is immediately struck by the great variations in its landscape and the differing contexts and conditions under which Black rural people live...

“They strongly insisted that we had been appropriating more and more of their land which had been theirs all these centuries...

By the 1860s, subjugation of African people in the immediate vicinity of the Cape had been achieved...

“Awaking on Friday morning, June 20, 1913, the South African Native found himself, not actually a slave, but a pariah in the land of his birth”...

 

 

OUR LAND... OUR LIFE... OUR FUTURE...

Adapted from the text for the TCOE exhibition:

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The gains achieved by the White minority in the first four decades of the 20th century were, by the 1940s, increasingly under threat however, as African resistance to the racially based system rapidly escalated...

“We the marginalised people of South Africa, who are landless and land hungry, declare our need for all the world to know...

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In all countries where market-assisted land reforms have been undertaken, the outcomes have been disappointing...

The following reference material was used in writing this paper...