1936F.S. Malan inCambridge Hist. of Brit. EmpireVIII. 659The expression ‘colour bar’ as used in the Union means the exclusion of the natives from any skilled or semi-skilled work.
1941‘R. Roamer’ inBantu World 25 Jan. 4In Xhosa and Sutho it urged us to ‘come in our thousands and fight the Pass and Tax Laws, Pick-up vans, Colour Bar, Low wages and discriminating laws’.
1955A. DeliusYoung Trav. in S. Afr. 52You must remember that the Bantu workers don’t get much in the way of wages and there are many kinds of work which they are not allowed to do, mainly the higher-paid jobs. That is part of what is known as the ‘Colour Bar’.
1960Cape Times 1 Aug. 24The sedulous deference to victims of economic and social inadequacy has brought about the whole apparatus of the industrial colour-bar and job reservation.
1964O.D. SchreinerNettle 37A major effect of the colour bar is to keep the wages of Non-whites depressed.
1971Rand Daily Mail 31 May 12The industrial colour bar puts a brake on industry and affects the prosperity of all races in the republic.
1986Kallaway & PearsonJohannesburg 90Workers were..in conflict with owners regarding their rightful share to profits, but because the situation was ‘colonial’ — and therefore racially divided — workers were equally in conflict with one another over the issue and nature of the ‘colour bar’ in industry.
1992V.L. Allen inGuardian Weekly 10 July 2To the outside world, de Klerk’s reforms were breathtaking but to blacks they were merely legal acknowledgements of changes already present. The legal colour bar had been abolished in 1988, the pass laws to prevent the urbanisation of blacks were a dead letter.
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