The Powers Behind Apartheid

(Reprint 3)
by G. Fasulo, Africa Research Group
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Undated, 1970?
Publisher: Africa Research Group
25 pages
Type: Pamphlet
Coverage in Africa: South Africa, Southern Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, United Kingdom
Language: English
The pamphlet introduction says the Republic of South Africa is the industrial giant of the African continent; it produces 80% of the continent's coal output, generates and consumes double the electrical power of the rest of the continent, and possesses half of Africa's motor vehicles. The pamphlet examines the alignment of economic and political forces in the development of South African fascism. The U.S. has contributed to South Africa’s advanced industrialization; General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler produce half of South Africa’s motor vehicles. The introduction says that armed struggle against the white regime has been initiated in the entire region (South Africa, Rhodesia and the Portuguese territories). People in the U.S. should show solidarity and demand U.S. disengagement. The pamphlet discusses the Oppenheimer empire, Anglo-American Corporation, and De Beers Consolidated Mines and the relationship of Kennecott Copper and Anglo-American Corporation. It also discusses Newmont Mining Corporation, Tsumeb Corporation, O'okiep Copper Company, American Metal Climax Inc. and Engelhard. White South African farmers have been able to organize themselves as a state-supported monopolistic group. The pamphlet examines the developing role of state capital in the economy. The pamphlet discusses the Nationalists and Afrikaners. • The Mining Empires • South African Production of Critical Minerals • Foreign Capital • The State-Supported Farmers • South African Gold Production as % of World (all excluding USSR) • State Capital • Nationalist Capital • The Pattern of Power • CHART 1 Interlocking Directorates at the Hub of the Mineral Industry of Southern Africa [Note on date: The Africa Research Group ceased operating in 1973. The date on page 8 of the PDF regarding the percentage of South African production of uranium in 1974 is most likely an error (perhaps should be 1964?).]
Used by permission of Danny Schechter, Sam Barnes and Robert Maurer, former members of Africa Research Group.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root