oa Africa Insight - The Role of Blacks in the Economy

Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



Ever since diamonds were discovered in 1866, the growing economic interdependence of black and white has been a crucial feature of South Africa's national life. This interdependence is bound to grow yet further in the years to come. This fact is implicitly acknowledged in the principle of ""politically independent but economically interdependent"" first formulated by Dr H.F. Verwoerd in 1959. Among the many issues facing this country today, perhaps the most formidable one is to reconcile this interdependence with the legitimate social and political aspirations of the various racial groups in those areas where they are most closely intertwined in common endeavour, that is, the metropolitan areas and particularly the Pretoria-Witwatersrand-Vereeniging (PWV) complex

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