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South Africa: Johannesburg City Council, Department of Non European Affairs

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0101 ICS 94
Held at: Institute of Commonwealth Studies
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Full title: South Africa: Johannesburg City Council, Department of Non European Affairs
Date(s): 1946
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s): Johannesburg City Council | Department of Non European Affairs
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Soweto (originally an acronym for South West Townships) started with a competition organized by the Johannesburg City Council in 1931 for the design of new black townships for 80,000 residents south west of Johannesburg. Orlando ( named after the Mayor of Johannesburg between 1925-1926 Councilor Edwin Orlando Leake), was the first of its kind in South Africa and was to form the core around which other townships were to develop and eventually become Soweto. There was an increasing influx of Africans coming to Johannesburg in search of work, due to factors such as natural disasters in the country and exclusion from farm land.


Scope and content/abstract:

Photocopies of documents concerning the squatter problem at Orlando, [Soweto], 1946 including records of meetings between the Department of Non European Affairs and deputation from Orlando Advisory Board; record of joint meeting of General Purposes, Non European Affairs and Special Housing Committees; minutes of Sub-Committee on squatter movements, and minutes of meeting of Native Advisory Boards with Non European Affairs Committee.

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Conditions governing access:

Open although advance notice should be given. Access to individual items may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A photocopying service is available, at the discretion of the Library staff. Copies are supplied solely for research or private study. Requests to publish, or to quote from original material should be submitted to the Information Resources Manager.

Finding aids:

Catalogued to item level (see link to repository catalogue).

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Copies presented to ICS by Baruch Hirson, location of originals not known.

Allied Materials

Related material:

ICS holds two collections relating to the Soweto disturbances of 1976: Baruch Hirson (ICS 32) and University of Cape Town Students Representative Council (ICS 81).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
General International Standard Archival Description ISAD(G), 2nd Edition, 2000. National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Oct 2001

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