African Oral Narratives
Military Intelligence in Apartheid-era South Africa

An interview with mineworkers Laurence Xhetsa and Simon Bongo by Dale McKinley and Ahmed Veriava.

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Bongo, Simon
McKinley, Dale
Veriava, Ahmed
Xhetsa, Laurence
Contributing Institutions: SAHA; MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
Contributors: Emmanuel Mokgoga (Translator)
Moses Moremi (Transcriber)
Biography: Laurence Xhetsa in his early fifties, and Simon Bongo in his early forties at the time of the interview, are long-time mineworkers from the former Transkei and were recruited by a company called Ubuntu to work at Modikwa in 2003. They both belong to the National Union of Mineworkers and are permanent employees. They live in a compound in Maandagshoek for workers from outside the community. Both are married with children, but stay in Maandagshoek without their families.
Description: This interview with mineworkers Laurence Xhetsa and Simon Bongo was conducted by Dale McKinley and Ahmed Veriava in Maandagshoek in 2007 as part of the South African History Archive's Alternative History Project, titled 'Forgotten Voices in the Present'.
Date: June 16, 2007
Location: Maandagshoek, Limpopo, Republic of South Africa
Format: Audio/mp3
Language: Xhosa
Rights Management: For educational use only.
Digitizer: SAHA
Source: SAHA collection AL3280