SOUTH AFRICA: Putting a Pretty Face on Apartheid

Prime Minister Botha seeks support for "good neighborliness "

Flanked by his Cabinet, South Africa's Prime Minister P.W. Botha, 63, stood up in a hall in Johannesburg last week and made an unprecedented appeal. His basic goal was unstated but well understood by his audience of 250 English-speaking businessmen, who have long dominated South Africa's economic life. Botha outlined a new policy that would end the harsher restrictions of apartheid, South Africa's all-encompassing system of racial laws, and provide fresh economic opportunities by allowing corporations to employ the country's blacks in heretofore...

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