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South Africa: Information on Venda

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 November 1993
Citation / Document Symbol ZAF15720.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, South Africa: Information on Venda, 1 November 1993, ZAF15720.E, available at: [accessed 18 February 2018]
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The Republic of Venda, which reportedly achieved independence from South Africa in 1979, is one of four "independent" homelands within the Republic of South Africa. Venda reportedly occupies an area of 7,460 square kilometres and has a population of 459,986 people (de facto); and 651,393 (de jure) (Europa 1991 1992, 2483). Venda's economy is reportedly dependent on agriculture and forestry but the majority of the people, seventy per cent, work within South Africa (Ibid.). Venda also has rich deposits of coal, fertile soils and plenty of rainfall. Cattle ranching and production of sub-tropical fruit are reported to be areas of high economic potential (Ibid.).

The Venda administration was reportedly represented at the Convention for a Democratic South Africa, which was established in December 1991 (Ibid.). For additional information on Venda, please see the attached articles.

This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.


The Europa Year Book 1991. 1992. London: Europa Publications Ltd.


La grande encyclopédie du monde. 1984. Bruxelles et Lausanne: Atlas. "Venda."

The Europa Year Book 1991. 1992. London: Europa Publications Ltd.

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