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Percy Mabandu. Photo: Leon Sadiki
Percy Mabandu. Photo: Leon Sadiki

40th BIRTHDAY

This is the newspaper whose pages my teenage peers, family, schoolmates and I gathered around, like African peoples of an earlier age did around a fire, to make meaning out of its news reports.

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Residents of the West Rand are living in fear of illegal miners who they accuse of terrorising them as the police turn a blind eye. Who should be held accountable for the scourge of illegal mining and criminality in abandoned mines?
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