African Oral Narratives
Military Intelligence in Apartheid-era South Africa

An interview with Alinah Malekgosi Obie, a home-based care giver working through local hospice in Rammolutsi, by Dale McKinley and Ahmed Veriava.

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Creator: McKinley, Dale
Obie, Alinah
Veriava, Ahmed
Contributing Institutions: SAHA; MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
Contributors: Bramage Sekete (Translator)
Moses Moremi (Transcriber)
Biography: Thirty-nine years old at the time of the interview, Alinah Malekgosi Obie was born and raised in Rammolutsi. She was raised by her grandmother because her parents worked elsewhere. She left Rammolutsi to complete her matric in Qwa Qwa, worked for a time as a general labourer and then returned to Rammolutsi in 1992. She wanted to become a nurse, but instead married for practical reasons in 1994 and became a housewife. She then worked for two years as a volunteer home-based care worker at a local hospice, before being placed on a stipend for the next five years. She is now a full-time worker at the public/private hospice in Viljoenskroon and visits about forty mostly elderly patients who have HIV-AIDS and TB every week. She has stayed in a three-roomed shack since 1995 with her husband and three young children.
Description: This interview with Alinah Malekgosi Obie, a home-based care giver working through local hospice, was conducted by Dale McKinley and Ahmed Veriava in Rammolutsi in 2007 as part of the South African History Archive's Alternative History Project, titled 'Forgotten Voices in the Present'.
Date: July 28, 2007
Location: Rammolutsi, Free State, Republic of South Africa
Format: Audio/mp3
Language: Tswana
Rights Management: For educational use only.
Digitizer: SAHA
Source: SAHA collection AL3280