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By Betty J. Harris

This quantity locations Swazi girls employees within the context of the realm process on the worldwide, local and native degrees. problems with race, classification and gender are tested by way of comparative and socio-historical equipment. The features and attitudes of Swazi textiles staff in cottage industries and factories are thought of. comparability of those fabric employees illuminates the method of stratification of the feminine labour strength in Lesotho, South Africa and Europe. the writer has released articles in "Presence Africaine", "Frontiers", "Native American tradition" and "Research Journal".

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E. Brink indicates that very few women in the clothing industry were married to miners, the most highly-paid industrial workers. 6s Single women living with their families often engaged in collective social welfare if another family member was ill and/or unemployed. 66 The Industrial Legislation Commission recommended that women be paid wages that were two-thirds of those of their male counterparts. However, Pollak's study revealed that women were actually earning only fifty to sixty per cent of male earnings.

Cape Town, being South Africa's oldest city as well as the military, administrative and commercial centre, has to a large extent continued to maintain its structural position in the South African economy until the present time. 9 The actual transformation of the South African economy took place on the Witwatersrand, where the gold mining industry is based. Regarding cores and peripheries within South Africa, there have been substantial shifts in the South African political economy. Cape Town was the core of the southern African political economy until the emergence of Johannesburg as a gold mining centre in the late 1880s.

1 57 Because the customs union could now extend protection to BLS industries, it functioned in much the Secondary Industrialisation in South Africa 41 same way as the Board of Industry and Trade whose function was to consider requests for protection by domestic industries. 15S Import restrictions could be imposed by any member country 'for economic, social, cultural or other reasons'. 159 However, the type of industry provided for in the 1969 renegotiation was primarily for exportprocessing rather than import-substitution.

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