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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. 


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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