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2008-08-01 00:00

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. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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