What is your connection with The Witness and to Pietermaritzburg? I grew up in KwaPata and Willowfountain. These were mixed areas until the Group Areas Act took effect. They were great places for an adventurous boy and I still have fond memories of this rural area, which, despite apartheid, had several old white men with black wives and coloured children. When I was about 17 we were moved to Woodlands to appease the grand design. Since I come from a family of nine children, contributing to the family coffers was a priority as my father had a low paying job at the local tannery. The result is I only passed standard eight. Fortunately, my mother, a sensitive and cultured soul, encouraged us to read and to appreciate the nuances of the English language.