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Some moves to make up for savage South African land grab

From the beginnings of a trading outpost at the Cape of Good Hope in 1652, the conquest of southern Africa by Europeans was relentless.

By the mid 19th century most of region was controlled by British, Portuguese, German and Afrikaner interests.

In what became South Africa, a benchmark year was 1913, when the Natives Land Act was enacted. This law provided for specific racial classification, and prohibited blacks from owning property in “white” areas.

Instead, they could own land in designated areas – around 13 per cent of the country’s land area in total. With the introduction of apartheid in 1948, land restrictions increased even further. The white government made it illegal for blacks to live in white areas, including towns and cities.

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