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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 It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

1922. Apprenticeship Act

This act "gave unionized white workers a secure position by setting educational qualifications for apprencticeship in numerous trades. That made it impossible for most Africans to be apprenticed, since they lacked the means to meet the prescribed educational level" (Thompson 1990: 169). It "so adjusted the educational provisions for admission to trades that it gave white trainees real advantages over their coloured rivals" (Davenport 1987: 531).

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