The National Resources of South Africa (Classic Reprint)

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The first point to be brought out is the total income Of the country as divided between whites and coloured. A small number Of the non-europeans are engaged in well paid occupations, and live in a style similar to that Of Europeans; there are coloured workmen paid trade union wages, there are a few professional men, and there are some Asiatic traders well enough off to drive in their own motor cars. But this small minority is practically without influence on the totals; broadly speaking, the non-europeans are unskilled labourers. Their total income is made up Of the wages paid in mining, manufacturing, farming, railway work, and domestic service, and a. Few other situations, together with the yield of the native farms. In this way it has been separated from the income of the whites in each of the schedules appended to the present article; the remainder gives the income Of the whites.

It will be seen that the total for whites provides an average of about 74 per head. Bearing in mind the price level, this is possibly a. Little higher than the average for England or Australia before the war, but certainly only a little. And the figures for those countries are genuinely national, whereas here every white man considers himself as belonging to the superior classes of the community. The first conclusion from the figures, then, is that the earning power Of South African whit-es is low - much below that Of a correspondingly selected portion Of the inhabitants Of England or Australia, not to sav Of the United States.

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