oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - The structural pattern of African regionalism



The economic integration of South Africa (including Namibia) with Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland (hereafter referred to as BLS) which dates back to the end of the 1 9th century, operates at several levels. Of the forms of co-operation mentioned above only the customs union has been institutionalised, and we will limit our discussion of economic regionalism in Southern Africa to an analysis of this customs union, though a few words will be added about the de facto Rand monetary union which, it is generally expected, will be institutionalized in the foreseeable future.


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