Initial letters of The Employment Bureau of Africa, so named in 1977 in order to create an acronym corresponding with KwaTeba, a long-standing nickname for the NRC (Native Recruiting Corporation) among speakers of the Nguni languages, formed on the common Nguni locative prefix kwa- the place of + Teba adaptation of Taberer (H.M. Taberer was manager of the NRC from its establishment until his death in 1932).
An agency which recruits labour for the mining industry and co-ordinates the payment of migrant workers' salaries to their families; Wenela sense b.
Formed in 1977 by the merger of the Native Recruiting Corporation (see N.R.C.noun1) and the WNLA.
1947Monitor 21 Mar. 21A great organization exists, the Native Recruiting Corporation, known to the Africans as ‘Kwa Teba’ (after H. M. Taberer, who was for many years its chief organiser). This body acts under the control of the Chamber of Mines.
1978Survey of Race Rel. (S.A.I.R.R.) 259As from January 1, 1977, WENELA and the Native Recruiting Corporation merged to form the Employment Bureau of Africa Ltd. (TEBA). Approximately R100m was paid out in savings or remittances by TEBA in home territories during the year.
1980M. Lipton inOptimaVol.29No.2, 176The compilation of a skills register by TEBA would aid re-absorption into jobs at home.
1991S. Afr. Panorama Jan.–Feb. 32The Chamber of Mines..accounts for most of the gold, uranium, coal, platinum and diamonds produced. Its ‘family’ includes an employment bureau, Teba.
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