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SOWETO 2010

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The old road that passes Orlando West’s

Donaldson Community Hall – where the young

Mandiba taught boxing – was becoming

a highway with verges for the World Cup.

On the central reservation, a man

in rags was selling plastic toilet seats

and a woman was herding three cows.

On a side road, in front of the Hall’s gates,

there had been a shop with a sponsored sign –

‘Burkino Faso Tuck Shop – Coca Cola.’

The business now was shuttered – the sign pristine.

A boy in the many striped blazer

of a private school in Jozi passed homewards.

 

 

 

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