Group Areas Development Act, 1955

Group Areas Development Act, 1955
Act to provide for the control of the disposal and for the acquisition of immovable property in group areas and other areas defined under the Group Areas Act, 1950, and for the proper development of such areas, and for the said purposes to establish a board and to define its functions, and to provide for matters incidental thereto.
Citation Act No. 69 of 1955
Enacted by Parliament of South Africa
Date of Royal Assent 24 June 1955
Date commenced 1 February 1956
Date repealed 17 February 1966
Administered by Minister of the Interior
Repealing legislation
Community Development Act, 1966
Related legislation
Group Areas Act, 1950
Status: Repealed

The Group Areas Development Act, 1955 (Act No. 69 of 1955; subsequently renamed the Community Development Act, 1955), formed part of the apartheid system of racial segregation in South Africa. It was enacted to help effect the purpose of the Group Areas Act of 1950, namely to exclude non-Whites from living in the most developed areas, which were restricted to Whites. It was later replaced by the Community Development Act of 1966.[1]


  1. O’Malley, Padraig. "1955. Group Areas Development Act". Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and Dialogue. Retrieved 3 May 2010.

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