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 It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

1941. Workmen's Compensation Act

According to this, "a non-African, if totally disabled, received a lifelong pension equal to seventy-five per cent of his monthly earnings. An African, similarly incapacitated, was entitled to no more than a lump sum of £ 150 - the equivalent of a pension for only three and a third years in the case of a worker earning £60 a year" (Simons & Simons 1969: 534).

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