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FROM THE SUN­DAY TIMES 50 YEARS AGO

The Phar­macy Board and the Med­i­cal Coun­cil are at log­ger­heads over the Pill, the oral con­tra­cep­tive for women. Chemists want to sell the Pill over the counter with­out a doc­tor’s pre­scrip­tion — but the Med­i­cal Coun­cil feels that any woman us­ing the con­tra­cep­tive should re­main un­der her doc­tor’s eye. The Phar­macy Board has en­dorsed a pro­posal made by the chemists in a na­tion-wide con­fer­ence last year that oral con­tra­cep­tives should be re­moved from the Sixth Sched­ule of Drugs — those de­fined as “P.H.D.” or po­ten­tially harm­ful drugs, which re­quire re­peat pre­scrip­tions for re­peat or­ders, un­less the doc­tor has specif­i­cally stated that it may be re­peated. — May 5 1968

FROM THE SUN­DAY TIMES 25 YEARS AGO

Widescale in­tim­i­da­tion ac­com­pa­nied this week’s class­room boy­cotts which brought ed­u­ca­tion to a halt in Soweto and other ma­jor cen­tres. Houses were burnt, shops looted, ve­hi­cles de­stroyed, and chil­dren and po­lice fought pitched bat­tles as hun­dreds of schools na­tion­wide and in the in­de­pen­dent states failed to open their doors. Spokes­men for po­lit­i­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions con­firmed this week that stu­dents protest­ing against a range of griev­ances were re­sist­ing any sort of au­thor­ity. The Congress of South African Stu­dents’ week of class boy­cotts was dubbed “Op­er­a­tion Vala” and saw chil­dren from town­ships trav­el­ling to “white” schools pulled from their taxis and told to go home. — May 9 1993

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