TBVC, noun

Forms:
Also TVBC.
Origin:
Initial letters of Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Venda, and Ciskei, in the order in which they became ‘independent’.
historical
A collective name for the former ‘independent’ black states of Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Venda, and Ciskei, which were created out of South African territory. Usually attributive, often in the phrase TBVC state. See also homeland sense 1, independent.
1985 Cape Times 12 Sept.Citizens of the TBVC countries — Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Ciskei and Venda — are to have their South African citizenship restored.
1986 Rhodeo (Rhodes Univ.) May 19Under the Aliens’ Act, people from the TVBC states can be arrested as ‘illegal foreigners’ if attempting to settle in the republic.
1987 J. Deacon in S. Afr. Panorama July 14Since the bank is strictly apolitical its activities are being studied with interest by countries outside the SATBVC ambit like Lesotho, Swaziland and Malawi.
1987 W.R. Doerner in Time 12 Oct. 10The nominally independent homelands — Transkei, Venda, Bophuthatswana and Ciskei — are collectively known in South Africa as the TVBC states.
1988 E. Prov. Herald 10 Mar. 1The financial state of the ‘independent’ TBVC states is now so disastrous that the Government has had to intervene, guaranteeing loans from commercial banks.
1990 Evening Post 2 Feb. 3There had recently been an ‘interesting debate’ about whether the TBVC countries should be re-incorporated into South Africa.
1992 Weekend Post 17 Oct. 3Come and stay in sunny TBVC.
1993 Star 22 July 1Mechanisms are already in place to integrate the ANC military wing, TBVC state armies, and Inkatha and Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging units into the SA Defence Force.
A collective name for the former ‘independent’ black states of Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Venda, and Ciskei, which were created out of South African territory. Usually attributive, often in the phrase TBVC state.
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