oa Africa Insight - Training South African blacks

Volume 16, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



The white South African has come a long way since the 1930s when over half of the white population, mostly Afrikaners, were officially classified as ""poor white"". By the 1970s, the whites' per capita income ranked among the six leading nations in the world. Of the white male population, nearly 30 per cent had twelve years of education, and 7 per cent had university degrees. However, according to the Human Sciences Research Council's Institute of Social and Demographic Research, South Africa's white population is shrinking dramatically as a proportion of the total population and is on the way to zero growth. Between 1979 and 1981, the white population increased by 118 000 to 4 063 000 (inclusive of 50 000 immigrants) while blacks increased by 703 000 to 17 479 000 (of which an estimated 10 million reside outside the homelands) coloureds increased by 99 000 to 2 671 000 and Indians by 32000 to 838 000.

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