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1926. Mines & Works Amendment Act No 25

In contrast to the 1912 REGULATIONS, this "bracketed Coloured with whites in ;1 a position of privilege. For ... there was no que.stion of segregating the coloured who spoke the Afrikaner's language, shared hIS outlook and stood closer to him c" than to Africans" (Simons & Simons 1969: 341). Furthermore, the key section of this act "stated that the minister, before announcing regulations for issuing certificates of competency (including the key blasting certificate, for nearly a century of license of the white miner), should seek the advice of the owners and of the organizations whose members hold a majority of the certificates, that is, the white unions, including the Mine Worker's Union. He was to do this through the formation of advisory committees" (Crush et al. 1991: 97).

This act was revised in 1956, and finally abolished in 1987.

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