oa Alternation - Migration and the disappearance of caste among Indian South Africans

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



The History of the Indian community in South Africa, as with other immigrant communities, is a relatively recent one. The first immigrants arrived on board the S.S. Truro in Durban, in November 1860. These women, men and children were recruited mainly from the South India, to work as indentured labourers in the sugar fields and in other enterprises in Natal; the local black population being apparently unwilling to do so. This paper is only concerned with the descendants of the largely South Indian indentured labour force, and not with so-called 'passenger' Indians who paid their own way. came mainly from North and West India, and were Muslim as well as Hindu.

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