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Meet the modern ‘founding fathers’ of South Africa’s hatchback segment

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South Africa's hot hatch segment never used to be as prominent as it currently is. The last time models were in such abundance was in the early to late '90s.

The millennium turn proved to be a fruitful period for "half cars as petrolheads could choose just about any automaker, and they had a performance hatch locked and loaded – a real purple patch of sorts.

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