Making Their Own Miracles

Though the government moves slowly to erase the ravages of apartheid, a quiet revolution is under way

A year ago this time, Nelson Mandela was standing amid a roar of adulation in Oslo as he received the Nobel Peace Prize, symbolizing the triumph of black African rights in his native land. Last week he had only words of hard truth for 2,000 blacks, many of them barefoot and clad in tatters, gathered at a soccer field among the shacks of Orange Farm, a township in the southern Transvaal. Seven months into his term as President of South Africa, the good times he promised have barely begun. "Don't expect us to do miracles," he told the crowd. "Before the...

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