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Read an excerpt from Joanne Macgregor’s Fault Lines, the latest in the Samantha Steadman Eco-Warrior series

Fault LinesPresenting Fault Lines, the third book in the series by Joanne Macgregor:

Fault Lines can also be read as a stand-alone. Both Turtle Walk (2011) and Rock Steady (2013) were very popular and Turtle Walk was reprinted in 2014.

The eco-warriors are now in Grade 10 at Clifford House boarding school but this year, cracks are beginning to appear in their friendships, romances and their belief in themselves.

When Samantha Steadman joins ecological activists to block fracking in the Karoo, she expects that her best friends will be right alongside her in the fight. But Nomusa takes a very different view of the controversial issue and Jessie, under the influence of a glamorous new girl at the school, is too obsessed with her weight and appearance to care about ecology. Samantha feels very alone as she tries to deal with pressure from boys, school and her poison dwarf of a science teacher, all while uncovering a personal mystery from the past and struggling to save the Karoo – as well as her friendships – from splitting down their fault lines.

About the author

A born and bred Joburger, Joanne Macgregor is a Counselling Psychologist in private practice, where she works primarily with victims of trauma and crime. She started her professional life as a high school English Teacher and has always been in love with words.

Read an excerpt from Fault Lines:

Playing cool

The room looked like a beauty bomb had been detonated. Clothes lay strewn across the bed and floor, the smell of deodorant filled the air, and make-up, brushes and toiletries littered the dressing table.

Sam stood in front of the full-length mirror and narrowed her eyes at her reflection. This was her third change of clothing and she was still not satisfied. She wanted to look perfect – pretty, but casually so – for Apples’s arrival. First, she’d dressed in denim shorts and a blue tank top, but a glance at her appearance had her second-guessing her choice. Maybe it was too skimpy? Next up had been jeans and a T-shirt, but it had looked – and felt – much too hot. The midday summer sun was baking the semi-desert outside and she didn’t want to be a hot, sweaty mess when she finally saw Apples for the first time in five weeks. Off came the jeans and on went a sky-blue cotton sundress. It looked pretty and brought out the colour of her grey eyes, but it also looked like she was trying too hard, so she stripped and put the shorts and blue top back on again. It would just have to do.

Shoving the scattered clothes back into the wardrobe, she gave her sandy brown hair another quick brush, grabbed the book she had been reading and ran downstairs. From the shady front verandah she could keep an eye on the sand road which led up to the guest lodge. She’d see the tell-tale cloud of dust signalling the arrival of the boys long before she heard the car’s engine over the distant bleating of sheep. Her brother Dan and his best friend, Alistair Appleton, had caught an intercity bus from Jeffrey’s Bay to Graaff-Reinet and Sam’s father had set off an hour previously to go fetch them from the sleepy little town.

Hamish the parrot was bouncing on his perch at one end of the verandah. “Red card, red card!” he squawked, as he always did when he wanted a treat. Sam looked around, saw that a half-eaten sweetcorn cob lay on the floor below his perch and went over to retrieve it. When she offered it to the parrot, he took it between the finger-like claws of one foot and screeched, “He scores! Go Bokke!”

“You’re welcome,” said Sam.

She parked her butt in one of the cane chairs on the verandah and sipped a glass of iced water. Although way too excited to read, she kept the book open on her lap as a prop, hoping it made her look as laid-back as she didn’t feel.

“Tackle him, tackle him!”

This time Hamish was objecting to the meerkat who had crept cautiously up the side of the verandah and now stood upright with his long tail pressed against the red cement floor for balance. For a few seconds he alternated his wary gaze between Sam and the pellets of food in the dog bowl. Sam held herself still until, by some silent signal, the meerkat indicated to the rest of his family that it was safe, and a clutch of babies scrambled up onto the verandah, shepherded by another adult. They scurried over to the dog bowl and immediately began raiding the contents, seizing the pellets in their tiny hands and nibbling at them with sharp teeth.

The pups were adorable – all fuzzy hair and dark eyes and clumsy feet, clambering over one another to get to the food. Then a sharp bark sent them all scattering. Tripod, the farm’s three-legged Jack Russell terrier, was dashing across the sandy forecourt to defend her territory.

“Tackle him! Red card!”

In his excitement, Hamish had dropped the cob again and when she got up to retrieve it, Sam saw that a car was coming up the road to the lodge.

Fast as a meerkat, she ran inside to the mirror in the dresser by the front door. She bent over and then gave her hair a final flip back, applied another coat of tinted gloss to her lips and slapped her cheeks – half to give them some colour and half to smack some sense into herself. Then she ran back outside, flung herself into the chair in what she hoped was a relaxed pose and lifted her book just as the car came around the side of the massive shearing shed with a jaunty hoot.

Sam lowered the book slowly, gave a casual wave and eased herself out of the chair. The boys were already climbing out of the car, stretching their arms and cracking their necks. Tripod had now been joined by her sister, Quad, and both dogs were running circles around the car, barking madly and leaping up at the new arrivals. Even the sheep seemed excited. They ambled up to
the fence of their enclosure and bleated loudly.

“Well, check this out,” said Dan, looking unenthusiastically around at the sheep and sheds and dust.

Sam had eyes only for Apples. He was wearing skinny jeans and a T-shirt with the faded picture of a skeleton surfing an enormous wave. His thick black hair was longer than she had ever seen it and his eyes were a vivid blue against his tanned skin. He was gorgeous enough to make her forget how to speak.

“Hey, Sammikins, howzit,” said Dan, giving her a brief side-hug.

“Hey, Sam,” said Apples. He walked around the car and gave her a longer and tighter hug. “It’s good to see you.”

“You too. You got taller.”

“Ruck and roll, ruck and roll!” screeched Hamish from the verandah.

“Dan, Alistair, I’ll leave you boys to unpack. There’s a Coke inside with my name on it,” said Mr Steadman, heading inside.

“Man, but it’s hot here – it’s like the inside of an oven. Tell me there’s a pool, sis.”

“There’s somewhere to swim,” said Sam.

“Great, my brain’s already baking. Here, carry this for me.” Dan handed her a bag, then gave her face a double-take. “What’s that on your lips?”

Sam wiped at them self-consciously.

“And I’ve got to say,” said Dan, waving a disapproving hand at her shorts, “you’re not wearing enough fabric for a sister of mine.”

“Oh, I don’t know. I think she looks great,” said Apples with a wide smile.

Sam blushed but Dan just scowled at them both.

“Get a room, you two. No – wait, what am I saying? Don’t you dare!”

“Here, I’ve got that,” said Apples, his fingers brushing Sam’s as he took the bag from her hand.

“Offside! Are you blind, ref?” Hamish yelled in such a human voice that Apples looked around to see who had spoken.

“It’s the parrot,” said Sam. “He catches me out, too.”

“Lead the way there, Sammy,” said Dan. “Is it too much to hope for air-conditioning? I think I’ve started to melt. Let’s dump this stuff in our room and get changed and then you can show us the pool.”

“You’re upstairs and to the right,” said Sam as they walked through the front doors. “In the twin room just past the crocodile.”

“The what?” asked Apples.

“We’re sharing? Ag no, man. One day, when I’m rich, I’ll have entire suites to myself. Penthouses!” said Dan, climbing the broad, carpeted stairs. “With aircon and mini-bar fridges and jacuzzis. And babes in bikinis.”

“And what?” demanded Sam, outraged.

“You must be loving this place,” said Apples to Sam, running his eyes over the gallery of stuffed heads.

“Oh, yeah, it’s my best.”

“Hey, what’s with all the dead animals?” Dan said as he and Apples reached the first floor. “It’s like Pet Cemetery, Extreme Edition in here.”

“Wait ’til you see the baboon,” Sam called after them.

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Maties en Afrikaans: Die bestuur het gepraat, voertaal sal Engels wees

Maties en AfrikaansDie taaldebat op Stellenbosch kom al jare aan.

Moet die instansie aanhou om Afrikaans as hoofvoertaal te gebruik, soos dit sedert die totstandkoming van die Universiteit Stellenbosch (US) reeds doen, of moet dit oorslaan na Engels om gehoor te gee aan druk van die meerderheid?

Pieter Kapp het die geskiedenis van hierdie debat en die verhaal van Afrikaans op Stellenbosch breedvoerig bespreek in sy 2014 publikasie Maties en Afrikaans.

Die taaldebat het gister ‘n ongekende hoogte, of eerder laagte vir Afrikaans, bereik met die volgende skokonthulling deur die Matierektor en sy bestuurspan:

“Aangesien Engels die omgangstaal[1] in Suid-Afrika is, sal alle onderrig by die Universiteit Stellenbosch in Engels gefasiliteer word, en beduidende akademiese ondersteuning sal in ander Suid-Afrikaanse tale voorsien word volgens studente se behoeftes. Terselfdertyd, deur middel van sy Taalbeleid en Taalplan, verbind die Universiteit hom daartoe om ruimtes te skep waarbinne Engels, Afrikaans en isiXhosa, asook ander tale, kan floreer. Die Universiteit bly in die besonder verbind tot die verdere ontwikkeling van Afrikaans en isiXhosa as akademiese tale.”

In kort, alle kommunikasie sal in Engels geskied. Die vraag is, wat beteken dit vir die toekoms van Maties en Afrikaans?

Lees die volle verklaring, soos geplaas op die US se webblad:

“Taal moet op so ʼn manier gebruik word dat dit daarop gerig is om met kennis om te gaan in ʼn diverse samelewing en om gelykberegtigde toegang tot leer- en onderriggeleenthede vir alle studente te verseker. Aangesien Engels die omgangstaal in Suid-Afrika is, sal alle onderrig by die Universiteit Stellenbosch in ten minste Engels gefasiliteer word om geen uitsluiting op grond van taal te verseker. Die Universiteit bly verbind tot die verdere ontwikkeling van Afrikaans en isiXhosa as akademiese tale.

Dít is van die beginsels wat as vertrekpunte ingesluit is in ʼn verklaring (kopie hieronder) oor taalimplementering wat vandag (Donderdag 12 November 2015) uitgereik word. Die verklaring lig van die beginsels uit en omskryf die toon vir die pad vorentoe en vorm deel van ʼn voortgesette konsultasie- en kommunikasieproses met die breër kampusgemeenskap en ander belanghebbers.

Die verklaring is ʼn sintese van insigte wat die Bestuur sedert Mei vanjaar opgedoen het vanuit die geleefde ervaringe en insette van die studentegemeenskap oor die Taalbeleid en taalimplementering. Dit is bespreek by ʼn vergadering met Senaatslede, na samesprekings met die Studenteraad en Dekane van fakulteite vroeër hierdie week.

Die status van die verklaring van die Rektor se Bestuurspan (RBS) is dié van ʼn besprekingsdokument. Die Statuut van die Universiteit bepaal dat die Raad die Taalbeleid met instemming van die Senaat bepaal. Vir enige voorgestelde veranderinge aan die huidige taalbeleid, sal voorstelle by ʼn formele vergadering van die Senaat voorgelê word voordat dit aan die Raad voorgelê word. Dit is onwaarskynlik dat so ʼn proses nog in 2015 voltooi kan word.

Van die vertrekpunte in die verklaring sluit in die doel om taal te gebruik op ʼn manier wat daarop gerig is om met kennis om te gaan in ʼn diverse samelewing en om gelykberegtigde toegang tot leer- en onderriggeleenthede vir alle studente te verseker. Aangesien Engels die omgangstaal in Suid-Afrika is, sal alle onderrig by die Universiteit Stellenbosch in ten minste Engels gefasiliteer word om geen uitsluiting op grond van taal te verseker. Dit impliseer nie dat Afrikaans as taal van leer en onderrig aan die Universiteit Stellenbosch sal verdwyn nie. Die Universiteit bly verbind tot die verdere ontwikkeling van Afrikaans en isiXhosa as akademiese tale.

Vanjaar was die eerste implementeringsgeleentheid na die Taalbeleid en -plan in November 2014 goedgekeur is om gelyke status aan Afrikaans en Engels as onderrigtale te verleen. Die doel van hierdie veranderinge was om gelykberegtigde toegang tot leer- en onderriggeleenthede vir alle Suid-Afrikaners moontlik te maak, soos uiteengesit in ons visie vir inklusiwiteit in die Institusionele Voorneme en Strategie. Die uitgangspunte in die verklaring is gebaseer op lesse wat gedurende die jaar geleer is en studente se praktiese klaskamer ervarings na konsultasie met verskeie studentegroepe, insluitend, maar nie beperk tot die Studenteraad, Open Stellenbosch, SASCO en die Studenteparlement.

Vir 2016 sal die implementering van parallelmediumonderrig (aparte Engelse en Afrikaanse klasse) vir modules met groot inskrywingsgetalle soos in die vooruitsig gestel in die huidige Taalplan, drasties versnel word. By vandag se Senaatsgesprek is departemente herinner aan die bestaande riglyn in die Taalplan dat behoorlik ag geslaan moet word op ondersteuningsmeganismes vir studente wat nie voldoende vaardig is in Engels of Afrikaans nie, veral in kleiner klasgroepe waar parallelmedium-onderrig nie haalbaar is nie.

Verklaring deur die Rektor se Bestuurspan oor die Taalbeleid en die implementering van taal by die instelling

12 November 2015

Die Rektor se Bestuurspan (RBS) was die afgelope paar maande in gesprekke met verskeie studentegroepe oor, onder meer, die Universiteit Stellenbosch se Taalbeleid, die Taalplan en taalimplementering. Op grond van die terugvoer oor ervarings binne die klaskamer en insette van Open Stellenbosch, die Studenteraad (SR), SASCO en die Studenteparlement, het taaltaakspanne sedertdien verskeie opsies oorweeg vir, onder meer, beste praktyk in die implementering van taal in 2016. Die volgende beginsels, as vertrekpunte rakende die Taalbeleid en taalimplementering, word ondersteun deur die Rektor se Bestuurspan. In hierdie verband wil ons graag erkenning gee aan die beduidende bydrae wat die Open Stellenbosch-kollektief in die onlangse gesprekke gemaak het om te verseker dat taalimplementering aan die US nie ʼn struikelblok vir toegang tot onderriggeleenthede of die suksesvolle voltooiing van akademiese programme word nie.

By die Universiteit Stellenbosch is ons van voorneme om taal op so ʼn manier te gebruik dat dit daarop gerig is om met kennis om te gaan in ʼn diverse samelewing en om gelyke toegang tot leer- en onderriggeleenthede vir alle studente te verseker

Aangesien Engels die omgangstaal[1] in Suid-Afrika is, sal alle onderrig by die Universiteit Stellenbosch in Engels gefasiliteer word, en beduidende akademiese ondersteuning sal in ander Suid-Afrikaanse tale voorsien word volgens studente se behoeftes. Terselfdertyd, deur middel van sy Taalbeleid en Taalplan, verbind die Universiteit hom daartoe om ruimtes te skep waarbinne Engels, Afrikaans en isiXhosa, asook ander tale, kan floreer. Die Universiteit bly in die besonder verbind tot die verdere ontwikkeling van Afrikaans en isiXhosa as akademiese tale.

Vir modules met ʼn groot aantal inskrywings, wat verdeel word vir pedagogiese redes of weens die beperkte grootte van beskikbare lesinglokale, sal die Universiteit voortgaan om parallelmedium-onderrig uit te brei. In kleiner klasgroepe sal alle inligting in Engels oorgedra word. Addisionele ondersteuning in Afrikaans en isiXhosa sal voorsien word gedurende die lesing en/of aanvullende, gefasiliteerde leergeleenthede om studente te help om die akademiese materiaal te verstaan. Dit sal afhang van vermoëns van die dosente en onderrigassistente. Dosente sal voortgaan om in beide Afrikaans en Engels onderrigmateriaal te verskaf en assessering te fasiliteer. Soos tans die geval is, kan studente toetse, eksamens en opdragte in Engels of Afrikaans voltooi.

In koshuise en ander leefomgewings behoort studente Engels as omgangstaal in huisvergaderings en ander amptelike funksies gebruik. Ander tale kan ook bykomend gebruik word, en meganismes soos tolking kan ook ingespan word.

Die primêre taal van kommunikasie en administrasie van die Universiteit Stellenbosch sal Engels wees, met Afrikaans en isiXhosa as addisionele tale. Die addisionele tale mag nie gebruik word om enigeen uit te sluit van volle deelname aan Universiteitsaktiwiteite nie. Dit impliseer dat alle kommunikasie by die Universiteit Stellenbosch minstens in Engels sal wees, insluitend vergaderings, amptelike dokumente, en dienste by ontvangstoonbanke en die kliëntedienssentrum, ens.

Die Rektor se Bestuurspan sal bogenoemde beginsels as vertrekpunte aan die Raad voorlê by sy vergadering op 30 November 2015. Hierdie beginsels, as vertrekpunte, sal met die Senaat, die breër studente- en personeelgemeenskappe van die universiteit, sowel as ander belangeroepe van die US gekommunikeer en gekonsulteer word. ʼn Hersiene Taalbeleid en Taalplan, gebaseer op die vertrekpunte wat in hierdie dokument vervat is, sal taaldiversiteit daadwerklik deel maak van die Universiteit Stellenbosch se wese en toegang vir personeel en studente verseker. Intussen sal hierdie dokument se vertrekpunte vanaf Januarie 2016 toegepas word. In gevalle van nie-nakoming moet studente en personeel klagtes kan lê sonder vrees vir viktimisasie.

[1] ‘n Taal wat as ‘n omgangstaal gebruik word tussen sprekers wie se huistaal verskil.

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Edouard Maunick Nominated for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature for Mandela Dead and Alive

Mandela dead and alive 1976â��2001Mandela Dead and Alive 1976–2001, a poetry collection translated into English and published by Protea Boekhuis, has landed Mauritian author Edouard Maunick on the shortlist of nominees for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature.

The prestigious biennial Neustadt Prize, with prize money valued at $50,000, is often compared to the Nobel Prize and winners of the one have often gone on to win the other.

Maunick, the first Mauritian to be shortlisted for the Neustadt Prize, is nominated by Ananda Devi, and his representative work is Mandéla mort et vif, first published in 1987 and translated into English by Protea Boekhuis in 2001.

The winner will be announced on 1 November this year.

Congratulations to Maunick!

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World Literature Today, the University of Oklahoma’s award-winning international literature and culture magazine, today announced the shortlist of nominees for the 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. The Neustadt Prize is the most prestigious international literary award given in the United States, often cited as “the American Nobel,” and is chosen solely on the basis of literary merit. On this year’s shortlist are César Aira, Mia Couto, Duong Thu Huong, Edward P. Jones, Ilya Kaminsky, Chang-rae Lee, Edouard Maunick, Haruki Murakami, and Ghassan Zaqtan. For the first time ever, authors have been nominated from Mauritius, Mozambique, Palestine and Ukraine. Additionally, Jones is the first male African American writer to be nominated in the 44-year history of the prize.

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New Edition of Dorps: Small Towns of South Africa by Roger Ballen

DorpsDorps: Small Towns of South Africa is about a part of ‘Old Africa’ that is quickly disappearing.

From 1982 to 1986, Roger Ballen, an American, travelled widely throughout South Africa, visiting its scattered towns and villages. During this time he developed a unique vision towards little-known corners and artefacts, trading stores, old houses and humble people. Textured with time, these photographs reveal the essence of these places.

This is a revised second edition of Roger Ballen’s powerful photographic journey containing new unpublished images never seen before.

Roger says he has tried to depict what he believes to be a disappearing South African aesthetic. With each year, the anonymity of the present further transforms the character of these places. “In many ways I feel as if I have recorded the elements of a dying culture. I photographed these towns in the hope of “freezing” time and arresting the utter extinction of the South African dorp.”

About the author

Roger Ballen, born in New York City in 1950, has lived and worked in Johannesburg, South Africa for more than 30 years. He worked as a geologist and mining consultant before making his name as a photographer by documenting the small ‘dorps’ or towns of rural South Africa and their isolated inhabitants.

Since Dorps was first published in 1986, Roger Ballen has produced a number of notable books including Platteland, Images from Rural South Africa (1994), Outland (2000), Shadow Chamber (2005), and Boarding House (2009). Ballen regularly shows his work in galleries around the world, and his photographs are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Tate, London and the Iziko National Gallery in Cape Town.

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Hennie Aucamp met SALA vereer vir lewenslange bydrae

Hennie Aucamp

Oor en weerDie Huis van die digterVlamsalmander'n Vreemdeling op deurtog

‘n Lang lys publikasies met Oor en weer die mees onlangse

Hennie Aucamp is pas met ‘n Suid-Afrikaanse letterkundeprys (SALA) vir sy lewenslange bydre tot the letterkunde vereer.

Aucamp se bydrae is inderdaad indrukwekkend. Reeds in standerd 2 is sy gediggies in Die Jongspan gepubliseer en sedertdien het Aucamp, wat verlede jaar sy 75ste verjaarsdag gevier het, die Suid-Afrikaanse literatuur verryk met talle kortverhale, kabarettekste, gedigte, sketse, dramas, essays, hoorspele, reisverhale en dagboeke.

Mees onlangs is Oor en weer, Aucamp se versameling van onderhoude wat tussen 1972 en 2008 met hom gevoer is, deur Protea uitgegee.

Ander SALA-wenners sluit, onder andere, Annelie Botes, Danie Marais en Elisabeth Eybers (postuum) in.


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Breyten Breytenbach wen Proteaprys vir Poësie

Nicol Stassen van Protea met die Protea-prysOorblyfsel/Voice overBreyten Breytenbach and Alida PoetgeiterSaterdagaand het Breyten Breytenbach die Proteaprys vir Poësie vir sy digbundel oorblyfsel / voice over ontvang. Die prys is tydens die sesde jaarlikse Versindaba te Stellenbosch deur dr. Nicol Stassen van Protea Boekhuis aan Breytenbach se uitgewer, me. Alida Potgieter van Human & Rousseau, oorhandig. Breytenbach is die eerste persoon wat dit twee keer ontvang het aangesien sy vorige bundel, die windvanger, dié prys in 2008 verower het. Dit is die sesde keer dat die prys oorhandig word en behels ’n kontantbedrag en ’n oorkonde. Die Proteaprys vir Poësie is in 2005 in die lewe geroep om meer prominensie aan Afrikaanse digkuns te verleen en word aan die beste Afrikaanse digbundel van die vorige jaar toegeken. Vorige wenners van die prys is Charl-Pierre Naudé, Gilbert Gibson, Antjie Krog en Loftus Marais.

Hoewel Breytenbach in die verlede verklaar het dat die toekenning van poësiepryse ’n onding is, het hy ’n pleidooi gelewer vir die stigting van ’n fonds om jonger digters ’n bietjie finansiële onafhanklikheid te bied en die prysgeld van die prys geskenk vir ’n fonds vir die aanmoediging van jong digters. Breytenbach het ook die geleentheid gebruik om hom uit te spreek teen die “beoogde Sensuurhof en die Stalinistiese wetgewing wat dit moontlik gaan maak vir alle sogenaamde Intelligensie-agente, en ander diewe en trogvrate ook, om hulle onbekwaamheid en gekonkel onder ’n kombers van geheimhouding en intimidasie weg te steek”. “Ons behoort ten minste te kan weet hoe en deur wie ons verneuk word,” het hy voortgegaan.

Breytenbach het ook die Palestynse kwessie aangeroer en die hoop uitgespreek dat die skrywersvolk hulle sal beywer om ’n toevlugsoord te bied vir Palestynse skrywers en kunstenaars. Die bundel wat die toekenning ontvang het, is juis ’n voortgesette gesprek met die persoon en die werk van die Palestynse digter, Magmoed Darwiesj, ná die oorlye van Darwiesj.

Gewoonlik word die Ingrid Jonker-prys vir die beste debuutbundel van die vorige jaar ook op dié geleentheid toegeken maar hierdie jaar is dit nie toegeken nie, nadat die komitee, Rustum Kozain en Danie Marais, besluit het om die toekenning van die prys terug te hou. Dié vreemde besluit het ’n opstand onder digters ontketen wat met die ter perse gaan hiervan nog nie ontlont is nie.


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