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'Blame Me On Apartheid': From 'Native Locations', Mining Compounds to Townships

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Houses in Orlando, a township in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, during the era of apartheid, circa 1960.  (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Houses in Orlando, a township in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, during the era of apartheid, circa 1960. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)

As a child, I used to accompany my father, a delivery salesman for a soft drinks company, on his rounds in mining compounds around Johannesburg – mainly Westonaria or the Roodepoort Durban Deep Mine. I observed how, in every mine, there was a compound located just a short distance away from the main mineyard. 

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