South Africa then and now

By JONATHAN DANILOWITZ
April 25, 2018 17:28
4 minute read.
Nelson Mandela outside his home in 2005

Nelson Mandela outside his home in 2005. (photo credit: REUTERS/MIKE HUTCHINGS)

 
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 I GREW up in small-town South Africa in the early 1950s, when Afrikaans was the dominant language, although we spoke English at home. We lived a typically white-middle-class South African family life; my father was in business, my mother a housewife and didn’t work.

By the 1990s it was no longer politically correct to say of a housewife that she “didn’t work” simply because she was a homemaker, but it really was semantically correct regarding my mother; she didn’t work. We had three full-time live-in African servants, plus a woman who came twice a week to do the washing and ironing. T

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