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1955. Native Urban Areas Amendment Act

Davenport (1987: 548) lists seven amendment dates for the NATIVES URBAN AREAS ACT of 1923, but 1955 is not among them.

Nevertheless, according to Christopher (1994: 122), it was "introduced to remove such concentrations of Blacks as servants living in central city blocks of flats. [Prime Minister] Dr Verwoerd suggested that the arbitrary number of five Black servants per block of flats was a 'wise' number to prevent overcrowding." Moreover, it "demonstrated the triumph of a more 'practical' approach to segregation over the 'total' segregation of men like Eiselen who argued that all African economic activity and labour should be concentrated in the reserves" (Worden 1994: 98+108).

Worden (1994: 98) associates the famous Section 10 with this act. See the NATIVES URBAN AREAS CONSOLIDATION ACT of 1945.

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