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“People Wherever I Go Believe that I am a Doctor, but in Thinking that they Flatter Me …”: Black community health intermediaries in South Africa 1920-1959

Until the early 1930s, “Western” biomedical health care services for black communities were left to a small cadre of missionary doctors and nurses scattered throughout remote rural areas.7 From the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Christian missionaries were also at the forefront of training b

The silent scourge? Silicosis, respiratory disease and gold-mining in South Africa

Mining companies in South Africa have publicized their benevolent concern for the health oftheir workers. However, there are legal, practical and political reasons for this concern.

Land claims and restitution in South Africa : the valuation perspective

The subject matter of the paper is a description of the unique valuation research exercise currently being undertaken in South Africa to reopen the issue of compensation paid by the state in it's land acquisition/redistribution programme of 30 to 40 years ago and revolves around the effects of th

The limits to land reform: reviewing ‘the land question’

That the land question was one of the driving forces of the liberation struggle was a viewpoint that Hanekom shared with most ANC supporters, including many who did not depend directly on the land for survival.

The Left in the slum : the rise of a shack dwellers’ movement in Durban, South Africa

On 9 November 1993 the African National Congress issued a press statement condemning the “housing crisis in South Africa” as “a matter which falls squarely at the door of the National Party regime and its surrogates”.

‘But We Were Thousands’ Dispossession, Resistance, Repossession and Repression in Mandela Park [ Evictions ]

This paper has been reduced by over a third for this seminar.

Urban Citizenship: Governance, regulation, development and participation. Some thoughts from the Warwick Junction Project, Durban

The central question behind this set of reflections is “What is the relationship between urban
governance and urban citizenship”? The aim of this paper is to explore the relationship
between attempts by the local authorities to manage and develop the city in accordance with

Public Housing and Patterns of Family Life: lndian Families in Metropolitan Durban

To speak of 'the family' and 'housing' is akin to speaking of 'the dancer' and 'the dance'. Their ties, their oneness, and their otherness are endless. In our experience they often seem one; in our thinking they can be separated and joined in endless patterns.

The third world challenge (From : The year at UDW 1988)

In July 1988, the Development Society of South Africa held its third biennial conference at the University of Durban-Westville. The event, which was hosted and organised by the department of Geography, attracted delegates from all over the country.

Civic Culture, ‘Environmentalism’ and Pollution in South Durban: The Case of the Wentworth Refinery

This paper forms part of my attempt to historicize pollution associated with oil refining in south Durban by analyzing histories of pollution experiences, environmental regulation, pollution abatement and civic protests in the area.

The resettlement of Indian communities in Durban and some economic social and cultural effects on the Indian community (In The Indian South African - Paper SAIRR, 1966)

The full range of effects of the resettlement of Indian families in Durban in terms of the provisions of the Group Areas Act have never been directly or systematically studied. At present very little material on the topic is publicly available.

Gandhi and Africans in South Africa

Message to South Africa, May 18, 1947"...

Uneducating South Africa : the failure to address the need for human capital - a - 1910 - 1993

This paper presents some detailed historical time series on the South African schooling system since union in 19 10. As such it represents an exercise that to our knowledge has not been undertaken before, with the

A brief review of Indian Education in Natal 1962

Indian education in Natal upon the arrival of the immigrants was initiated by at least: two Church missions in the country, the Church of S.A. and the Wesleyan .

Higher education - key to Indian progress (In The Indian South African)

This paper has attempted to prove that the key to the economic salvation of the Indian in South Africa lies in his greater participation in higher education. In 1964, there were 48,000 White students in the various universities in South Africa (full-time and part-time) representing over 1.

“The Politics of Memory and Memory of Politics”: Remembering and Silencing in Written and Oral Narratives about the University of Natal’s Medical School

The first three chapters of my dissertation focus on some of the complicated background history that led to the establishment of the first racially segregated medical school for black – African, Indian and Coloured – students in Durban, South Africa in 1951.

Life was always like a State of Emergency: Black Medical Student Experiences at the University of Natal Medical School, 1950-1990

“You know… when I became the Professor of Anatomical Pathology, we had a major boycott here [and]… Professor Clarence was so angry.


The relationships between social research and the application of research findings are diff±cult and demanding, especially in the context of problems researched in Southern Africa.

Death in Black and White : suicide statistics and race in Natal, 1880-1916

From the ballot boxes of Florida, USA, to the police stations of South Africa, numbers and the mechanisms of their counting have come upon hard times recently.

The Dynamics of lndian Family Firms in Durban

The author argues that there is a relationship between the joint family and economic (business) development and that contrary to the general belief that the joint (or extended) family is an inhibition to development, it has been in Durban a positive element.


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