chapter  31
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Southern Africa

By the early 1960s European rule had ended in most of Africa north of the equator; but it continued in the south, a region strongly influenced by the white-ruled Republic of South Africa (RSA). The mineral wealth of southern Africa (including coal, cobalt, copper, diamonds, gold and uranium) was one cause of the creation of white communities. Another was that, even near the equator, there were healthy highland areas where commercial crops (e.g. coffee and tobacco) could be grown.