Fall 2021 In Dance

u n i f y s t r e n g t h e n amp l i f y u n i f y s t r e n g t h e n a p l i f y I we write ourselves as we move 44 Gough Street, Suite 201 San Francisco, CA 94103 www.dancersgroup.org | rs r . r I WAS BORN , in the early 1980s in the coastal city of Durban, South Africa, to a nurse and a lawyer. My parents named me after their mothers: Bathobile Angeline Maphanga and Jane Mgijima. I grew up in the township of Clermont, which sits approximately 20km west of Durban in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Clermont was one of the first areas where Black South Africans could buy and own small properties during apartheid. My grandmother Bathobile had bought a couple of properties to ensure that her kids would always have a roof over their heads, and the house we lived in together she willed to me, her first and only grandchild, at the time of her death. I write from the comfort of this home now, almost 40 years later. by THOBILE JANE MAPHANGA


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