Racial segregation in East London, 1836-1948

Nel, E.L. (1991) Racial segregation in East London, 1836-1948. South African Geographical Journal, 73 (2). pp. 60-68. ISSN 0373-6245




Urban racial segregation in East London has a distinctive heritage, making the city one of South Africa's most segregated in the pre-Union era. Segregation was initiated by the British military in the then colony of British Kaffraria, and was later enhanced by successive municipal councils. Municipal ordinances ensured exceptionally high levels of segregation in the city during the 19th century. The enforcement of Asian segregation in this era is noteworthy. Urban planning in the 20th century resulted as much from local as national considerations and legislation. Segregation was a reality in East London prior to the passage of the Group Areas Act. The deteriorating social circumstances in the long-segregated African areas in particular receive special mention, as do government attempts to rectify the situation through the institution of state commissions.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:historical geography; municipal ordinance; planning impact; racial segregation; segregation policy; urban area; residential segregation; British Kaffraria; state control; South Africa, East London
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Deposited On:02 Mar 2007
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