Any of several centres established and staffed by the Black Sash (sense b), offering assistance with legal and other problems, particularly those caused by apartheid laws. Also attributive.Cf. aid centre.
1962B. Wilks inBlack Sash June 27Since January, 1956, twenty-six thousand Africans (26,000) have been ‘endorsed out’ of the Western Cape under the Bantu Urban Areas Act...In 1958, in an effort to give advice and assistance to some of these unfortunate people, the Black Sash established the Athlone Advice Office.
1973Survey of Race Rel. (S.A.I.R.R.) 164The Athlone Advice Office in Cape Town, run jointly by the Black Sash and the S.A. Institute of Race Relations commented..‘The establishment of an official aid centre might be expected to have rendered an independent Advice Office redundant, but this office feels needed as much as ever.’
1983C. SaundersHist. Dict. 27The Sash’s..‘advice offices’ in urban centres..tried to help Africans with such problems as influx control, unemployment, contracts, housing, and pensions.
1990SashVol.33No.1, 23Advice office workers from East London and Port Elizabeth, as well as Cape Town, attended and were able to report on the situation in those centres.
1990SashVol.33No.1, 26On Monday, 12 February 1990, the day on which Nelson Mandela came home to Johannesburg, the waiting room in the advice office was full.
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