African Oral Narratives
Military Intelligence in Apartheid-era South Africa

An interview with Amelia Mavuso, an unemployed single young woman heading her household in Sebokeng, by Dale McKinley and Ahmed Veriava.

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Creator: Mavuso, Amelia
McKinley, Dale
Veriava, Ahmed
Contributing Institutions: SAHA; MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
Contributors: Joseph Matutoane (Translator)
Moses Moremi (Transcriber)
Biography: Twenty-six (26) years old at the time of the interview, Amelia Mavuso was born and grew up in the Northern Free State and moved to Sebokeng when she was eight years old to join her father who got a job at the SAMANCOR plant. After gaining her matric, she could not work due to having to take care of her sick mother and two younger siblings. Her mother passed away in 2000 and her father, after getting sick due to his work at SAMANCOR, was retrenched in 2001. Amelia was then ‘chased away’ by her father and other relatives and went back to the family home in Free State for two years where she did contact work for a clothing company. She returned to Sebokeng in 2003 after her father died and has since lived in the four-roomed house while raising/supporting her two younger siblings with no formal income. She receives one child grant and occasional food support from an uncle.
Description: This interview with Amelia Mavuso, an unemployed single young woman heading her household, was conducted by Dale McKinley and Ahmed Veriava in Sebokeng in 2007 as part of the South African History Archive's Alternative History Project, titled 'Forgotten Voices in the Present'.
Date: September 13, 2007
Location: Sebokeng , Gauteng, Republic of South Africa
Format: Audio/mp3
Language: Sotho
Rights Management: For educational use only.
Digitizer: SAHA
Source: SAHA collection AL3280

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