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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 33 No. 8. 10 June 1970

Culinary Segregation in S.A. Soon

Culinary Segregation in S.A. Soon

Cartoon of probably a clam

The Cape Argus, a South African daily newspaper, reports that the Separate Foods Bill will probably pass the South African Parliament without amendment.

The Bill would prohibit sale of Caucasian foods such as white bread, white eggs and white sugar to coloureds. Coloured foods (brown bread, brown eggs, brown sugar and so on) will not be permitted to be sold to non-whites.

Companies will be permitted to continue to manufacture white and non-white foods on the same premises provided that apartheid is satisfactorily maintained throughout production (white hens must not be permitted to cohabit with coloured hens and so on). A special section of the Bill dealing with confectionery provides inter alia that white licorice must be freely available for sale to white citizens and the sale of 'black balls' is to be barred altogether.

Firms which contravene the provisions of the Bill are to be placed on a special government white list. Although the measure has the support of the majority of Members of Parliament, one member of Dr Herzpig's extreme right-wing faction referred to the Bill as a "whiteguardly action" because he felt that it did not go far enough.

The concession to liberal forces in Parliament that was particularly objecionable to hard-line segregationists was the Government's rejection of an amendment which would have prohibited the inclusion of black jelly beans in packages of that confection. Mrs Helen Suzman, South Africa's leading liberal politican and sole Parliamentary representative of the tiny Progressive Party, hailed the jelly bean decision as a major victory for the critics of apartheid.

In New Zealand, the South African Consul General, Mr P.H. Philip, said that he does not expect that the Bill will lead to restrictions on importations of wool and meat from New Zealand. He said that Australia and New Zealand were fortunate in having very few black sheep. "Your black sheep are far better behaved than ours," Mr Philip said, "and their wool will be treated as if it were white."

Mr Philip said that the South African Government was most anxious to maintain its friendly relations with New Zealand. "South Africa," he said, "is most appreciative of the many gestures of friendship which New Zealand has made." Mr Philip cited last year's Chinese gooseberry controversy—in which the New Zealand Government told fruitgrowers that export licences would be withdrawn unless that fruit were to be exported to South Africa as Kiwi Fruit-as an example of the way in which New Zealanders have refused to allow politics to interfere with food.

The President of the NZRFU (New Zealand Retail Fruiterers' Union) said he was not available for comment on Mr Philip's statement.

Image of Council election results

Nearly 33,000 CappicadeS have been sold.

The Cappicade Distribution Manager, Con Anastasiou, reports that money has been received for 32,735 copies and that approximately 3000 copies arre still outstanding and return of copies or money is still awaited in the case of these copies.