#PODCAST Research on Group Areas Act marks major moments in South African Indian history

By Newsbreak Producer, Matthew Veeran - This year marks 70 years since the passing of the Group Areas Act - a major moment in South African Indian history. During the 1950s, Indians from all over Durban were moved to specific areas - one of them being the township of Chatsworth. The land used had been expropriated from 600 Indian farmers, as government sought to disempower and disenfranchise Indians who first arrived in the country in 1860. These often forgotten stories are now being compiled through a project known as "Mapping Chatsworth". One of it's directors - Janet Pillai aims to relay the stories of our past and has undertaken significant research around Chatsworth, the Group Areas Act, indenture and the major role played by South African Indian women over the years. In this week's 1860 feature, Pillai explains why such moments are significant 26 years into democracy...