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 It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

1947. Natural Resources Development Act No 51

This created a Natural Resources Development Council which was to overlook the planning of housing for the urban population in so-called controlled areas. It had powers "not only to co-ordinate the activities of other planning bodies, but, in 'controlled areas' such as the three goldfields regions ... no township development could take place without its approval" (Mabin 1992: 418). However, by restricting its jurisdiction to controlled areas "it offered no new grand plans for existing metropolitan areas, let alone small towns" (Mabin 1992: 418).

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