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A visit to the Thembisa Advice Office

Maria Mathebula, a mother of two children, sat in the office with a very worried look on her face. She had worked for a company for five...

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Letters from our readers 1987 No 5

Dear Learn and Teach, I see that you are asking readers to send their own stories for the magazine. I want to know if I can write a story...

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A taste of COSATU

Cornelius Sibeko, a 32 year old worker from the Bison Board paper mill in Piet Retief, visited Johannesburg for the first time in July...

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A long way from home

‘As a lawyer I have seen a lot of suffering because of the apartheid laws. But I do not think I have seen people suffer more than the...

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“Tomorrow” – a new record from Hugh Masekela

“Bring back Nelson Mandela. Bring him back home Soweto I want to see him walking down The streets of South Africa. “Bring back Nelson...

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Like father, like son

Last month Marks Mabeo had a lot of time on his hands. He did not work for three weeks. Like 340 000 other mineworkers, he was part of...

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Mandela – 25 years in prison

Twenty five years have passed since Nelson Mandela was arrested at a roadblock near the Howick Falls in Natal on 5 August 1962. He has...

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Sloppy and the coffin

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The making of history

The mine workers of South Africa made history last month. For 21 days, 340 000 workers from nearly 50 gold and coal mines went out on...

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A night under the stars

When bad luck comes, it does not come in bits and pieces. It comes in buckets, like the summer rain. When you hear what happened to me...

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Sister of mercy

The Saint Mary’s convent in Kagiso is not hard to find. The double storey building is in one of the oldest parts of Kagiso, in a place...