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Spare a thought for Jonas

Come rain or snow, Jonas Lechaba will always show! Is that not the golden rule of every postman? “Well, it’s mostly true,” says Jonas. “I...

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Working with poison

Deep in the forests of Natal where nobody can see her, you will find Maria Sibiya hard at work with a tank of poison on her back. Like...

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A bitter pill to swallow

It is 9 o’clock in the morning. The trade union officials are walking up and down outside a big hall at Wits University. They check the...

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A union born in prison

You could say that organising people is in Jerry Nxgjola’s blood. Even when trade union organiser Nxgjola was sentenced to six years in...

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Letters from our readers 1987 No 7

Dear Learn and Teach One day when I was sitting in the bus, I saw someone reading your beautiful magazine. I could not read the whole...

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Sloppy bakes a cake

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The life and times of Miriam Makeba

Just before Miriam Makeba left South Africa 27 years ago, she wrote a song called “Iphi Ndlela”. She sang: Stay well, my people I am...

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“SHA-A-A-KES!”

The goalkeeper is out of position. Most of his team-mates are lying all over the grass. The coach on the bench covers his eyes. On the...