A two-day session of the Advisory Council of Southwest Africa, attended by both black and white delegates at a multi-racial hotel in Johannesburg, was opened on Thursday (August 16) by South African Prime Minister John Verster.
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GV & CU Committee at tables awaiting Mr. Vorster
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CU & GV Verster and committee
EXTERIOR CONFERENCE HOTEL IN JOHANNESBURG: VARIOUS DELEGATES SEATED INSIDE: MR. VORSTER ARRIVES AND TAKES SEAT: MR. VORSTER AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS.
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Background: A two-day session of the Advisory Council of Southwest Africa, attended by both black and white delegates at a multi-racial hotel in Johannesburg, was opened on Thursday (August 16) by South African Prime Minister John Verster.
By the and of the meeting on Friday evening (August 17), Mr. Vorster said the talks had been "constructive and fruitful", and had been conducted in "a very good spirit".
He said delegates had concentrated on the development of Southwest Africa and the necessity for improved race relations, and had unanimously condemned terrorism "in the strongest terms".
During the Friday session Mr. Verster promised that the wags gap between whites and non-whites in the territory would be "systematically narrowed".
But on the same day in Durban, South Africa, delegates to a trade union conference called for an immediate government investigation into the plight of the predominantly-black workers in South Africa's textile industry...and accused one of the country's biggest industrialists of obstructing efforts to gain fair wages.
Speaking to reporters after the Johannesburg conference, black Southwest African delegates denied they were "stooges" of the white regime -- insisting they had been elected by their own groups and not appointed by the South African government.