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Today, the term is highly contested,75 yet, in everyday life, people still informally classify based upon older, obsolete ascriptions. More than once, on this and subsequent trips funded by the Social Science Research Council (SRC), Fulbright Hays, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), people initially spoke to me in Afrikaans. I spoke and knew very little Afrikaans. The one phrase I equipped myself with was Ek is ‘n buitelander, “I am a foreigner,” but that didn’t stop people from getting annoyed with me.

Public squares officially served as sites for conducting political meetings, church gatherings, and sporting events. Residents needed no permission to stage public events, however, admission fees applied for spectator sports, such as football, tennis, baseball, basketball, and boxing, which included pugilists like Philemon “Hurricane Hawk Tshabalala,” Jaos “Kangaroo” Moato among other athletes. On the squares’ pitches and courts, Isaac “Chain Puller” Chocho99 and Stanley “City Council” Mashinini dazzled audiences with their dribbling, and seven-time tennis champion Richard Mogai100 perfected his volleying and positioning.

Mhlontlo, whose animation showed throughout the interview process, answered questions ranging from the personal to local politics. Some of the stories were so riveting and heart wrenching that they caused me to sit in darkness. I struggled with how to capture the pain, the sorrow, and the joy of these Alexandrans, who stopped doing their chores, walked or chauffeured me around, and spent endless hours conversing with me. When I finally found peace, I saw the various connections that my informants had made.

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