proclaim, verb transitive

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EnglishShow more Special sense of general English.
historical
To designate (a defined area) as reserved exclusively for one particular ethnic group in terms of the Group Areas Act (see group area noun phrase sense 2 a); zone. Usually passive. See also reproclaim, unproclaimed. Cf. deproclaim.
1953 Off. Yr Bk of Union No. 26, 1950 (Bureau of Census & Statistics) 776It may be mentioned expressly that no group area can be proclaimed anywhere until some time after the Act has been brought into operation.
1955 E. de S. Brummer in Pol. Science Quarterly Sept. 375A commission ‘proclaims’ an area for white or African or Asiatic.
1970 J. Packer Veronica 12The conversion had been cleverly accomplished when the area, which had till fairly recently been coloured, was proclaimed white.
1987 New Nation 25 June 5The Group Areas Act is about to destroy one of South Africa’s few remaining racially integrated communities, nearly 37 years after the hated Act was passed. Kleinskool, Port Elizabeth’s only settlement of African and coloured residents, was this week proclaimed a coloured group area.
To designate (a defined area) as reserved exclusively for one particular ethnic group in terms of the Group Areas Actgroup areanoun phrase2 a; zone. Usually passive.
Derivatives:
So proclaimed participial adjective, designated for a particular ethnic group under the Group Areas Act; proclamation noun, such designation of an area.
1953 Off. Yr Bk of Union No. 26, 1950 (Bureau of Census & Statistics) 777The defined area is an area defined by proclamation.
1953 Off. Yr Bk of Union No. 26, 1950 (Bureau of Census & Statistics) 778Interim measures which should..lead up to the proclamation of group areas.
1963 Wilson & Mafeje Langa 182In 1926 the municipal area of Cape Town was declared a ‘proclaimed area’ in terms of section 12 of Act 21 of 1923.
1970 Daily News 1 June (letter)Those whose homes have not been proclaimed yet, dread proclamation. They fear the area will go White.
1971 Evening Post 5 June 6The authorities, he said, had told him he could get only a temporary permit for her to be in the proclaimed area of Uitenhage.
1982 Cape Times 23 Dec. 3As Crossroads is a ‘non-proclaimed area’, Dr Toms explained that he didn’t need a permit to be in the area.
1989 Reader’s Digest Illust. Hist. of S. Afr. 371In terms of this legislation farmers in ‘proclaimed’ areas could transform squatters into labour tenants and extend compulsory labour service from 90 to 180 days.

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