The Land Apportionment Act of 1930 was a milestone in Rhodesian history. It was the first attempt in Southern Africa to segregate Africans and Europeans.
51% of the land was set aside for a few thousand white settlers. The indigenous people were prohibited from owning and occupying lands in these white commercial farming areas.
Only black Rhodesians could buy land in the African Purchase Areas. The remainder of the land, the Indigenous Reserve areas, became known as Tribal Trust Lands.