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 It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

1945. Housing Emergency Powers Act

Due to some urgent need for housing for White as well as non-White peoples, this act "authorized public authorities to expropriate land and materials, build houses and conscript workers" (Simons & Simons 1969: 561).

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