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◆ The iconic ron­dav­els went up in flames in July and at least 10 were burnt to ashes.

◆ In the 1940s, the ron­dav­els were the home of the Pre­to­ria Bantu Nor­mal Col­lege, which op­er­ated un­til 1959. ◆ The likes of PAC stal­wart Stan­ley Mo­goba and leg­endary foot­baller Steve “Kala­ma­zoo” Mokone were schooled at the col­lege. ◆ The apartheid gov­ern­ment ini­tially wanted to use the ron­dav­els to pro­vide ac­com­mo­da­tion for the in­creas­ing black pop­u­la­tion in Pre­to­ria. ◆ In 1947, 50 units were built for this pur­pose, but res­i­dents protested against the project and they were sub­se­quently de­mol­ished.

◆ Other ron­dav­els were later built to

house teach­ers at the col­lege.

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