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Part of the Series: Real Stories from a Free South
Everyday, the working class Coloured women in the garment industry of the windswept flats around Cape Town toil anonymously to make clothes so that other women will look beautiful. Invariably they cannot afford these garments themselves. But for one day a year they come out in all their glory at…
Flame
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Witches in Exile
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Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun
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