oa Alternation - A Conference that could have changed our world: Fort Hare 1930

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



The year 1930 was momentous in South African history. The country was, like the rest of the world, slowly recovering from the ravages of the depression, but it was beset by many problems. Newspapers of the time reflect the concerns addressed by conference after conference: labour problems and the condition of poor whitest. 'Race relations' referred to the relationship between Afrikaans and English speakers. Relations between black and white were termed the 'native question'. In this era the ANC, under leadership of Dr. A.B. Xuma, was concerned with the same thing, but its conferences were almost exclusively attended by black members, to such a degree that Die Burger of 12 July 1930, while reporting in almost neutral terms an ANC meeting held at Worcester in the Boland, thought it worthwhile to mention the fact of a lone white female in the audience (Die Burger 12/7/1930:3).

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