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Title: For the public benefit? Railways in the British Cape Colony
Author: Herranz Loncán, Alfonso
Fourie, Johan
Keywords: Beneficis
Infraestructures (Transport)
Logística industrial
Colònies industrials
República de Sud-àfrica
Transportation buildings
Business logistics
Company towns
South Africa
Issue Date: Feb-2018
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract: Built largely to support the early mining industry, the Cape Colony's railway substantially reduced the cost of transport to the interior and account for 22-25 percent of the increase in the Colony's labor productivity from 1873 to 1905. Little of the gains went to the state-owned company: the Cape government seems instead to have mainly considered the railway as a means to local development. In this regard, traffic data for 1905 suggest that the railway contributed to the expansion of the mining areas and to the growth of the Western Cape district on the basis of domestic demand.
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It is part of: European Review of Economic History, 2018, vol. 22, num. 1, p. 73-100
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ISSN: 1361-4916
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Història Econòmica, Institucions, Política i Economia Mundial)

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