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Bridgin the divide: Indians in South Africa
Multi-cultural South Africa

Multi-cultural South Africa


In a new multi-cultural South Africa, Indian and African communities are now trying to overcome their chequered relations.

Brought as indentured labourers to work mostly in sugarcane fields more than 140 years ago by their colonial masters, the Indian community has made remarkable economic progress compared to many native Africans.

The Apartheid regime’s forced segregation between Whites, Africans and Indians effectively prevented cultural and social integration between the Indian and African communities.

Has this divide remained in a post-Apartheid South Africa? Does the Indian community still find itself in the middle - neither black or white enough?

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