oa Africa Insight - Notes on the demography of black Africans in South Africa in the early 1980s

Volume 21, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



It has become popular in scholarly circles to omit South Africa from discussions of sub-Saharan Africa since it is not ruled by a black government, and usually compare the situation of black Africans in South Africa with that of other racial groups in that country-especially with that of white South Africans. The pattern of inequality is impossible to ignore. Such a comparison was a central theme in a 1983 report from the Science Committee of the South African President's Council of the demographics of the South African population. What is equally, if not more, interesting from an outsider's viewpoint, however, is how black Africans in South Africa compare with the rest of sub-Saharan Africa.

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