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1. Any of the homelands formerly established for blacks in South Africa by the government during the apartheid era.
2. A landlocked, often fragmented ethnic enclave within a larger state, nominally possessing some degree of autonomy but usually economically dependent and lacking real power.

[From Bantu (on the model of Hindustan).]


(ˈbɑːntʊˌstɑːn; ˌbæntʊˈstɑːn)
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (formerly, in South Africa) an area reserved for occupation by a Black African people, with limited self-government; abolished in 1993. Official name: homeland


(ˈhoʊmˌlænd, -lənd)

1. one's native land.
2. a region created or considered as a state by or for a particular ethnic group: the Palestinian homeland.
3. any of the racially and ethnically based regions created in South Africa by the government as nominally independent tribal states.
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Palestinians watch with dismay as Israel confiscates ever more land and resources, forcing the indigenous communities into poverty-stricken Bantustans.
When completed, the Wall will annex some 46% of the West Bank, isolating communities into Bantustans, ghettos and military zones, according to the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign.
Second, we closed the 120 or so teacher-training colleges in the (rural) Bantustans and chose to move teacher training into universities where the standards were raised with a new policy on teacher qualifications and competencies.
During the apartheid era, social engineering had created the Bantustans or black homelands with tinpot dictators, who were stooges of the white regime.
It is the one dividing and cutting the land of the future Palestinian state into ghettoes and bantustans.
Mental healthcare provision in the Eastern Cape Province is inextricably entwined with the province's colonial past and, in later years, by the introduction of the policy of apartheid and the Bantustans.
Doesn't the whole of the country now virtually stand completely fragmented into Bantustans, with a multiplicity of militant militias, private armies, thuggish gangs and warring tribes ruling the roost in their respective fiefdoms jealously?
Furthermore, Palestinians know, that there is no future in the further dismemberment of their land into two captive Bantustans, one in the West Bank and the other in Gaza.
We are talking about disjointed Palestinian Bantustans.
Another possible solution is the status quo, with the small Palestinian bantustans remaining forever as apartheid settlements while Israel develops the land around them, hoping that eventually the Palestinians will tire of their suffering and move out.
com/blogs/thebrief/2013/12/06/nelson-mandela-95/) Nepali News Portal : "We Nepalis would do well to remember how Mandela opposed the apartheid-era proposals for creating ethnic-based Bantustans, preferring instead the multi-ethnic, multi-cultural rainbow federation of a prosperous South Africa.
The best way to deal with the conflict is to end the Israeli occupation, allowing Palestinians to have a true state -- not just clusters of Bantustans -- within the 1967 borders, and give full citizenship to Palestinians who live in Israel.