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Hepple, Alex, 1904-1983



  • Existence: 1904 - 1983


Alex Hepple was a member of the South African Parliament from 1948-1948. He was Parliamentary leader of the South African Labour Party and closely associated with the South African trade union movement for many years. Because of his practical experience in collective bargaining and labor affairs Hepple is a recognized authority on labor legislation and trade unionism.

In 1957 Hepple participated in a parliamentary tour of South West Africa.

Hepple served as chairman of the Defence and Aid Fund Committee in 1960, and was also a member of the Education League and the Campaign for Right and Justice.

He was manager of Azet Products (Pty) Ltd. in Johannesburg (dates unknown); Azet Products being a bacon and small goods manufacturers.

In addition to several articles for Forward and other newspapers, Hepple was the author of the following books: South Africa, a political and economic history and Verwoerd as well as the following pamphlets: A trade union guide for South African Workers, Trade unions in Travail, The African worker in South Africa and South Africa: workers under apartheid.

Alex Hepple died November 16, 1983.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Alex Hepple Papers

Identifier: 002

The Alex Hepple Papers contain materials about his association with South African trade unions, particularly the Garment Workers' Union. Hepple's concern for equality of opportunity, especially for the African labor force, is evidenced in his newspaper articles and other writings, and in the parliamentary debate records.

Dates: 1937-1964