African Oral Narratives
Military Intelligence in Apartheid-era South Africa

An interview with January Monokame, a municipal worker at the local rubbish dump in Rammolutsi, by Dale McKinley and Ahmed Veriava.

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Creator: McKinley, Dale
Monokame, January
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: Born and raised on a nearby farm, January Monokame worked there until he moved to Rammolutsi in 1992 because of poor pay at the farm – he earned R250 a month by the time he left. He built his family a shack and has lived there with his wife and two children ever since. From 1994-2001 he was a contract worker for the municipality and then became a permanent worker managing the rubbish dump. When he got the contract job at the municipality in 1994 the basic pay was R750. After a strike in 1996, all workers received R2400 per month – at the same time he became a permanent worker.
Description: This interview with January Monokame, a municipal worker at the local rubbish dump, 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 27, 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