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Dispatches: Snapshots of a life that was
Dispatches: Snapshots of a life that was
'It is many, many years ago that I began to be sick like this," says the old man, after a satisfying swig from the ice-cold bottle of beer...
Dispatches: 'I greet you with the hand of life'
Dispatches: 'I greet you with the hand of life'
Several dilapidated mud houses dot the vast and dry mealie fields in Makokskraal as farm children chase after a ball made of rolled-up plastic bags...
Dispatches: The bookstore with no name
Dispatches: The bookstore with no name
I live in a sensible suburb, chosen not for its charm or quirkiness, but rather for its proximity to good schools and hospitals. Our gardens are...
Ladysmith: A small, cozy, convenient place
Ladysmith: A small, cozy, convenient place
It was 1993 and I was seven when we moved into our newly built house in Acaciavale. The kitchen floor was plain cement and our rooms did not yet have...
Dispatches: Long taxi ride from Soweto
Dispatches: Long taxi ride from Soweto
'Ke kopa le mo thole mosebetsi, le ha kaba tea girl." This is my aunt, Sis'Rose*, shouting from across the room. She is talking to me...
Dispatches: One night with the swim team
Dispatches: One night with the swim team
The suburban quiet around St Andrew's School for Girls in Senderwood, Johannesburg, has been disrupted by the arrival of hundreds of cars....
South African stories: Through the liquor glass
South African stories: Through the liquor glass
The building was finished in 1926 and, apart from a brief period as a café, has been a liquor store ever since.
'We share a lot but not enough'
'We share a lot but not enough'
Dispatches is part of a series of brief takes on how we live in South Africa
Walking the dog in Bellevue
Walking the dog in Bellevue
When we moved from Yeoville to Bellevue in 1992, our next-door neighbours had one question: Was our Jack Russell terrier yappy? (“Yes,”...

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