A Letter From The Publisher, Nov. 21, 1977

For several reasons, including our coverage of the bloody Sharpeville riots and other South African racial troubles, the Republic of South Africa refused to give visas to TIME correspondents during most of the 1960s. Since 1971, however, we have been able to send reporters there, and late last year we reopened our Johannesburg bureau, closed since 1962. Our new bureau chief, William McWhirter, who had orders from New York to "cover everyone and everything," was some what apprehensive. Says he: "No one knew whether this was to be one of the shortest recorded...

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