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Twice Exiled by Greg Michaelson

My mum always said she came from Basutoland. She was a staunch anti-racist; I suspect that she wanted to distance herself from South Africa. The youngest of four sisters, she was born in 1925 on a remote farm called Appledore,  in the Orange Free State. She left aged 11, and never returned, though she lived just long enough to celebrate the end of apartheid. 

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After my mum’s death, my partner Nancy and I decided we’d try to find Appledore. I scoured the Internet, which was stil...

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