By Peter Richardson
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These amounted to a relatively high proportion of the charges, l7s 3d, presumably because the industry was extended in its operations across two continents, and three separate countries. Second, there was a capital depreciation allowance provided for in the fee. It is not clear from the evidence to which source of capital investment this depreciation refers, but it is likely to be that incurred in importation, as it is part of the capitation fee. This amounted to 8s lid per man, which represented a depreciation of nearly £28,500 on the delivery of63,000 men over a three-year period.
5 No clearer evidence of this co-operation between State and industry can be found than in the history of the most important single piece oflegislation in the whole experiment, the Labour Importation Ordinance. The Ordinance was in essence the work of the Chamber of Mines. Its principles had been outlined as early as July 1902 by a sub-committee of the Chamber. It was already drafted in February 1903 at the time of Ross Skinner's journey to China, and was being subjected to intense scrutiny and comparison with similar legislation in Trinidad.
It is not clear from the evidence to which source of capital investment this depreciation refers, but it is likely to be that incurred in importation, as it is part of the capitation fee. This amounted to 8s lid per man, which represented a depreciation of nearly £28,500 on the delivery of63,000 men over a three-year period. The plausibility of this suggestion is increased when it is remembered that the realisable value of assets acquired in this way was low, and this rapid depreciation allowance represented a means of recouping some of these losses.
Chinese Mine Labour in the Transvaal by Peter Richardson