I: Glimpses from South Africa today
The demanding road to a fairer distribution of South Africa’s resources.
South Africa is at the top of the world index that ranks the difference between rich and poor within a country. There are many historic reasons for this.
In 1913 came the law that gave the Europeans the right to 91% of the country’s area. In 1936 this law was adjusted so that the black population got the right to 13% of the area.
During the Apartheid time (1945-94) 10 Bantustans or «Homelands» where established in South Africa. Some also called them «black spots». See the map below, taken from Tore Linne Eriksen’s newly published, and good, book about South Africa’s history.
Several of these 10 Bantustans were not geographically connected. In IMPANDE we work in Transkei, the largest of the Bantustans.