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 It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

1954. Natives Resettlement Act

Davenport (1987) refers to this as the NATIVE RESERVE LOCATION ACT in his index, but as NATIVES RESETTLEMENT ACT in the main text (pp 379+551).

This enabled "the Government to remove the African residents of Johannesburg's western suburbs of Sophiatown, Martindale and Newclare, where much property was black-owned, to a new government settlement at Meadowlands. This move, carried out in 1957, was hailed by government officials as a triumph of social engineering, and the new white suburb which arose from the rubble was named Triomf' (Davenport 1987: 551).

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