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The Child of South Africa’s Labour Reserve

ByBen Molapo

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By BEN MOLAPO. Written as a record of his life, Makotoko Bernard Molapo's book recounts his touchy upbringing and the oral stories of his grandfather Mohatonyane. He records the story of a community and of a nation that has, since the discovery of diamonds in 1870s in Kimberley and gold in Witwatersrand area, been systematically transformed into a labour reserve for the South African mining industry. Bernard laments this as a history of the cost of human lives that the industry had to incur to operationally sustain itself. The blacks accounted for most of the deaths, watering the wealth of the captains of the SA mining industry for generations. Unlike the holocaust story where there was reparation for wrongs committed against the human race, people from SA labour reserve areas just take this as a defining feature of their own community survival. The subordination of the poor to the interests of the super rich has received dead silence.

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Publication Date
Feb 11, 2010
Language
English
ISBN
9780557309061
Category
Fiction
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Ben Molapo

Specifications

Pages
125
Binding
Perfect Bound
Interior Color
Black & White
Dimensions
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)

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