oa Alternation - Introduction: symptoms, theories and scholarship

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



About fifteen kilometres up the coast from Durban, on the warm Indian Ocean, lies the coastal tourist resort of Umhlanga Rocks. Two or three decades ago, this was a little village (for whites only), attracting holiday makers to its sandy beaches. One of its erstwhile residents, Meta Orton, in her privately published autobiography, recalls this much more quiet time, before a mega-mall and crowding skyscrapers arose out of the sugarcane and dune scrub. But the rather quaint title which she has chosen - The World and Umhlanga Rocks-reminds us that even then, insularity was not guaranteed.

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