Natives Land Act No. 27 of 1913
Today I celebrate the anniversary of the day I started to research my history and South Africa’s history.
During Black & White Intercourse in Soweto, I am asked questions that I answer, but I know that my answers are only being accepted because I am white and superior. When I get home I start to seek answers to these questions.
Three months pass and I am no wiser, then, one night I have a dream, and I wake from a nightmare, during the dream I am as black as the Ace of spades, and during the early hours of the morning, I still believe I am black.
As per usual, I start with my email and computer activities first thing in the morning. Having completed my email replies, I start to scrutinise the research material that I had been accumulating for months, and I see the content completely differently.
As this occurs I feel relieved, my body is white, it is just that my mind has shifted into reading and observing everything through the eyes of the ‘still disadvantaged black’, or from the ‘black cage’ as we refer to this group.
The research material becomes an eye-opener, I see evidence that my white family did steal everything from the blacks, I become a ‘Revolutionary’, I become an introvert, afraid to talk about my feelings.
During the next six months my research goes further back, searching for the motivation of the Native Land Act of 1913, and it takes me into the late 19th century, and from there into the mining sector and why the labour unrest of today.
You will find various web sites where I blog personally, where I talk Economic Freedom Charter, where I talk Social Cohesion, where I talk Land Reform, but this month I have decided to risk my capitalist business interests, and talk South African History on the Taste of Africa site.
19th June 2014, one-hundred and one years after the commencement of Native Land Act of 1913, one year into my research, the day that I launch my reflections on our history and the impact that it has had on our society.
Cedric de la Harpe
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