US Corporation Support for Apartheid - IBM & Oil Companies
by Jennifer Davis, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
September 29, 1976
American Committee on Africa
Testimony by Jennifer Davis before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs. Davis discusses corporate arguments supporting their continued investment in South Africa and the American Committee on Africa's critiques of these arguments and case for ending such investment. Oil is the one major raw material not produced (except synthetically from coal) in South Africa. As with Caltex, the details of Mobil's military dealings with the government are shrouded behind the Official Secrets Act. IBM provides extremely advanced technology to the South African government and other customers, so it holds a special position despite the fact that it does not have direct investments there. The South African Department of Defence has IBM computers, as does the Department of the Interior, which administers all prisons. IBM has denied selling computers to operate the pass laws; but it has been reported to have sold computers to Bantu Administration Boards - the local administering agencies of the apartheid system. Other IBM users include the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the government agency that coordinates research in critical military and strategic fields, including the operations of the National Institute for Defence Research. The Atomic Energy Board also has an IBM computer. • The Oil Companies: Caltex and Mobil • I.B.M. [Note: Appendix 1 is not part of this PDF but The Africa Fund pamphlet "Prospects for Change: Apartheid and the African Worker" (1975) is available on this website.]
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive