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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.
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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