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Title:Reading the Politics from the Migration and Urbanisation Process in Whittlesea, Eastern Cape, since 1828
Author:Mears, RonaldISNI
Periodical:South African Journal of Economic History
Geographic terms:South Africa
local history
Urbanization and Migration
History and Exploration
Ethnic and Race Relations
Politics and Government
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10113430509511180
Abstract:This article exposes the effects of political developments in South Africa on Whittlesea and its surrounding subregion in the Eastern Cape. Whittlesea was designated as the primary urban growth centre for the Hewu Region or Region D of Ciskei. The article shows that population settlement in the region was more the result of political events than spontaneous growth. It analyses the migration and urbanization process from the first settlement in 1828 until the present and argues that urbanization has had a disequilibrating effect on population distribution and the settlement character of the Whittlesea subregion. The evolution of the independent national state of Ciskei from Native reserve, bantustan, homeland and back again as part of the Republic of South Africa has influenced these developments. The result has been the overpopulation of the Whittlesea subregion in relation to its economic resource potential. The author suggests that migration from the subregion can be promoted to influence an equilibrating urbanization process at the regional and national levels. Ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]