Although proposed as early as 1964, aid centres were first established in 1971; they were closed upon the repeal of the Black Labour Act in July 1986. Persons referred to aid centres were either assisted with finding employment (if they were legally entitled to be in the urban area), or sent to the ‘homelands’.
1964Act 42 inStat. of Rep. of S. Afr. 355Any Bantu who is arrested or convicted on a charge of having contravened or of having failed to comply with..the provisions of this Act..may..be admitted to an aid centre established by or for a labour bureau and approved by the Director and be dealt with in the manner prescribed.
1978Survey of Race Rel. (S.A.I.R.R.) 387The Minister of Bantu Administration and Development gave the following figures for Africans referred to each Aid Centre during 1976. No. referred to centre..188 608. Not subsequently prosecuted..91 631. Assisted to find employment..20 871. Returned to homelands..38 544.
1981E. Prov. Herald 11 June 3Blacks who had been referred to aid centres were sometimes repatriated to their homelands through these centres.
1987Race Rel. Survey 1986 (S.A.I.R.R.)I. 343As a result of the repeal of the Black Labour Act, aid centres would disappear.
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