ISBN 9789956551538
Pages 248
Dimensions 216 x 140mm
Published 2020
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

From Plough to Entrepreneurship

A History of African Entrepreneurs in Evaton 1905-1960s

by Vusumuzi R. Kumalo

From Plough to Entrepreneurship is motivated largely by the fact that Africans were deprived of economic and political autonomy by white government in South Africa. This marginalisation lies in the complex and interconnected processes of displacement and dispossession by which Africans were first dispossessed of their own land; then deprived of independent productive opportunities. The increasing scarcity of land as scarce commodity and African land ownership in Evaton, best explains the history of African local economic independence. For the local residents, land possession in Evaton provided a space where a moral economy that fostered racial pride and solidarity was forged. This richly sourced monograph develops the logical explanation that sticks together all forces that constrained Africans to give up labour to an industrial economy in Evaton. It provides the reader and student of racialised inequalities in South Africa with an understanding steeped in historical ethnography on how local Africans struggled for economic independence, and how whatever independence their struggles yielded, changed over time in Evaton.

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About the Author

Vusumuzi R. Kumalo

Vusumuzi R. Kumalo is a senior lecturer in history at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elisabeth, South Africa. He completed his PhD on the history of independent black education in the early- to mid-twentieth century at the University of the Witwatersrand. His research interests include African economic independence, African independent education and African literature. Kumalo's publications include an annotated version of the Familiarity Is the Kingdom of the Lost (Ohio University Press, 2020). 

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