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White Labour In The Rand Mines

Volume 180: debated on Thursday 15 August 1907

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I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the ratio of white to coloured men now employed at the Transvaal mines; what was the number of whites employed for every thousand tons of ore raised in July, 1907; and how does this compare with the number employed before the introduction of Chinese labourers.

The official figures for June and July are not yet available. For the month of May, the proportion of whites to coloured employed in the Transvaal gold mines was 1 to 10·5, as compared with 1 to 5·9 for the month of May, 1904, immediately before the introduction of the Chinese. The number of whites per thousand tons of ore hoisted was, for May, 1907, 10·1; and for May, 1904, 15·9.