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betterment, noun

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Usually attributive, especially in the following phrases: betterment area, a proclaimed area in a black reserve in which a betterment scheme was applied (see also reserve); betterment scheme, a scheme, introduced in 1939, for the improvement of agricultural land in black reserves, including the consolidation of homesteads into villages, the rotation of crops, and the limitation of stock; an instance of the implementation of this scheme.
1948 H.V. Morton In Search of S. Afr. 182We went to ‘betterment areas’ where a whole village had been persuaded to fence its land and kill off half its cattle with encouraging results.
1990 E. Koch in Weekly Mail 30 Mar. 11During the 1950s the village..was turned into a betterment scheme, part of the new Nationalist government’s grand plan to ensure that black villagers would remain on their tribal lands...Betterment schemes like these were fiercely resisted in most parts of the country, where peasants saw these as gross interference in their traditional way of life.
betterment area, a proclaimed area in a black reserve in which a betterment scheme was applied (see also reserve); betterment scheme, a scheme, introduced in 1939, for the improvement of agricultural land in black reserves, including the consolidation of homesteads into villages, the rotation of crops, and the limitation of stock; an instance of the implementation of this scheme.

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