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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

1902. Native Reserve Locations Act No 40

This authorised "the Government to set up and control African residential areas outside towns" (Davenport 1987: 547). The bill's "original powers of compulsory location were drastically limited to areas within municipal boundaries and the locations themselves ... [this act] therefore left Africans free of control right up to the borders of towns" (Swanson 1977: 38). The objective of the act was to restrict an ongoing epidemic plague; see the PUBLIC HEALTH ACT of 1883.

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