Labour supply part 2 Reflections on South Africa History

Labour supply part 2 reflections on South Africa history, shows that the South African black labourer, valued himself nearly 3 times more than the white labourers in England.

Labour Supply part 2.

“John Dunn the Zulu Chief, was supplying the white farmers with Mozambican indentured labourers on the Sugar farms before the ‘Coolies’ were brought in. Why would the Mozambican work on a Sugar farm, if a South African did not want to, is the question that we should ask, that we should answer?”

“The local clans, the local families, had a structure where the father would send his son off to provide work, whether for the light-skins, or another clan. This labour supply was charged at the value of the son’s labour, to what the family could achieve, whether through the family activity, or provided into the other economic activities.”

“In the 1800s, our capitalist society made a decision that our black labour supply was too expensive, we could achieve greater profits but importing controlled labour, ‘slave labour’, and in the generating of profits, we excluded the majority of our black population from the economy.”



“During the 1870s, according to Lieutenant Cunynghame, in his book, ‘My Command in South Africa’, our labour were charging 7 shillings per day for their labour, our woman 5 shillings per day.”

“According to Cunynghame, in Suffolk, a white labourer would be locked out if he even thought about asking for more than 13 shillings per week. The 7 shillings per day rate would be about £6 pound per month, £72 per annum.”

“The indentured Indian labour was only paid £2 per month, £24 per annum. This was far more than they were able to earn in India, so there was no shortage of supply.”

Consider the Verdict.

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