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1.a.A single-sex barrack or dormitory for the accommodation of black migrant workers in urban areas; bachelor quarters.b.Similar living quarters for mine-workers.Cf. compound sense 1. Also attributive, and combinationhostel-dweller, one living in a hostel. See also migrant labour sense 1.
1943‘J. Burger’Black Man’s Burden 180In Durban..the accommodation for Natives consists largely of hostels for single men and women and about 140 cottages for married couples.
1959L. LongmoreDispossessed 317The Johannesburg Municipality has one hostel for African women — namely, Wolhuter Women’s Hostel, established in 1930, which can accommodate 160 tenants.
1973Sunday Times 18 Feb. (Mag. Sect.) 3Because of our inhuman laws they are herded into bleak hostels and townships, and kept apart from their families — but near factories.
1977J. SikakaneWindow on Soweto 9Separately built in some of the 26 locations are the most notorious and depressing barracks known as hostels. These long narrow-built compartments accommodate ‘single’ men i.e. migrant workers. In Soweto 60,000 men are hostel dwellers.
1983Fair Lady 16 Nov. 170Family accommodation was to be eliminated entirely and 18 hostels were to be built for ‘single’ men and women.
1984E. MphahleleAfrika my Music 176There are no apartment houses for Africans in South Africa. Single male hostels for migrant labourers, yes — dormitory style.
1987S. Nyaka inWeekly Mail 3 Apr. 1Defiant miners..have unilaterally moved their wives or girlfriends into the single-sex hostels.
1990New African 18 June 8Each night, more than 17 000 workers finish off a day’s work and head back to the KwaMashu Men’s Hostel just north of Durban. Overcrowding, prostitution, and deplorable maintenance is what they come home to.
1990Weekend Argus 29 Sept. 19South Africa’s widely discredited hostels system has earned a large measure of blame for the violence on the Reef...Hostel-dwellers pay R6 a bed to secure a roof over their heads.
1959L.N. Salomon inPietersburg Eng. Medium School Mag. 21At the hostel the senior girls have responded to her understanding, while their genuine respect for her has led to the disciplined behaviour so essential in their ‘home from home’...The staff, pupils and hostel will miss her greatly.
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