New SA's generation battles

2008-02-19 00:00

I recently watched a really interesting programme on TV called Born Free, about South African children of all races born after 1994 and their experiences in the new South Africa. It got me thinking. What do people born in the eighties call themselves and what kind of life do they enjoy now?

An experience I went through was being labelled a coconut by a “born-far-from-free” boss who was, ironically, a former freedom fighter. In fact “the Englishman” was this educated individual’s favourite thing to call me, usually if I pronounced a word the way a first-language English speaker would. Needless to say that situation didn’t work out but the point is the fact that achieving what you feel you’re expected to achieve can bear punitive fruit.

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