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I appreciated, "Coming Home" after adjusting to the Jamaican intonation. It is an excellent performance.
I was most disappointed, however, in the Berkeley Rep magazine that was handed to patrons. It included an article on the history of South Africa written by Rachel Viola. Clearly Ms. Viola and her editor had not taken the time to check their facts. I had difficulty finding a sentence in the article that is not of questionable accuracy. Much of it is complete fiction. I was surprised that Ms. Viola and the Berkeley Rep would chose to invent facts that are so obviously incorrect. Diamonds were not unearthed in Johannesburg. Kimberley was not in Dutch territory. Cecil Rhodes was not the first Prime Minister of the Cape. The Transvaal and Orange Free State were not Colonial Dutch States from 1910 to 1994. The states that were united in 1910 were not independent. The National Party was not founded in 1912. The International Court of Justice did not make any rulings on South Africa's operations in Angola. Cornelius Mulder was never the leader of the National Party.
I could go on, sentence by sentence, describing how questionable, inaccurate and untrue this article is. The actual history of apartheid is horrific. There is no need to invent a false history.
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