The Story Of Gold A Template For The Country

The cost imperatives of the mining industry had initiated far-reaching change. Capitalising on a colonial and racially discriminating foundation, it set a socio-economic template for South Africa’s secondary industries and urban life – hostels, cheap black labour, social control of black men and women in the city and the notion that even urban black workers were ‘temporary sojourners’ in the city. All these established the pattern of South Africa’s political economy for the twentieth century and perpetuated racial consciousness and discrimination.

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