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Thursday 13 September 2007

Midweek YouTube - Sunday Times (South Africa)

This advertisemnt dates from 1985 and a great deal has changed in South Africa since then!

It sounds almost outlandish now, surreal even, that a newspaper should include in its pre-publication advertising a story titled: "Afrikaners with coloured blood. We publish the names!" but that's the way things were then (and the mis-spelling of AIDS is noticeable, too). Of course it was only 18 years before this that the final laws against miscegentation were overturned in the 'melting pot' country, the USA, so South Africa wasn't quite so unusual as it seemed and some countries, India for example, have not yet entirely eliminated the social barriers to inter-mixing of all their citizens so that articles such as this need to be written.

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