Atlas of South African Change by A.J Christopher

By A.J Christopher

The recent variation of the atlas (first released because the Atlas of Apartheid) offers a complete creation and unique research of the spatial impression of apartheid in South Africa. It covers the interval of the nationwide social gathering executive of 1948 to 1994, and emphasises the alterations and the ongoing legacy this offers to South Africans in the beginning of the twenty first century. The Atlas makes the original contribution of proposing the coverage and its influence in visible, spatial kinds by way of together with over 70 maps, a hugely applicable procedure on the grounds that apartheid was once concerning the keep an eye on of house and particular areas.

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There was usually a notable lack of any coherent plan, as administrations responded to crises as they arose (Christopher 1987; Davies 1963). Even the central business districts were contested between the European and Indian communities in the Transvaal and Natal, leading to the dual structures evident most notably in Durban. It was this inherent untidiness of the nineteenth-century city which conflicted with White South African ideas of town planning and racial order inherent in the state-driven programmes of reconstruction in the post-Second World War era (Mabin and Smit 1997).

Hertzog (1923–39) was more concerned with developing a South African nationalism based on the concept, ‘South Africa first’. All three were interventionist, placing considerable volumes of legislation on the statute book to regulate the relationship between the races, which each regarded as being one of the major areas of government concern, as well as numerous laws having an indirect bearing upon the subject. White political parties tended to revolve around personalities and splits in the Afrikaner vote (Davenport 1991).

The First World War and the subsequent political turmoil delayed any legislative action on the recommendations for twenty years. 2 million hectares. Here it should be noted that in most cases the schedule attached to the Act did no more than recognize the existing pattern of African occupation, already noted by the Beaumont Commission. 20). Furthermore, the implementation of the Act involved the purchase of the land through parliamentary grants, which was to be a slow process, only completed more than forty years later.

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