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 It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

1951- Native Building Workers Act No 27

This is referred to as the BANTU BUILDING WORKERS ACT by Dugard (1978: 87).

It prohibited "Africans from performing skilled work on buildings in urban areas except in the segregated townships" (Simons & Simons 1969: 562). See also the INDUSTRIAL CONCILIATION AMENDMENT ACT of 1956.

Moreover, together with the NATIVE SERVICES LEVY ACT of 1952, it "took care of location housing policy, creating jobs for blacks, thus cutting costs, and ensuring that employers could be made to pay their share in the construction of location housing and amenities" (Davenport 1987: 373).

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