On The Cusp

Five women reveal their intimate thoughts as they face turning-points in their lives.


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The first of a series of snapshots, focusing on the lives of four ordinary South Africans, living through a period of extraordinary social and political change.

Riyadh Najaar , a Moslem living in Cape Town, is head of history at a Coloured Secondary School. He dreams of educational equality and breeding another prize-winning racing pigeon. Reporter Noreen Alexander.

Producer Nick Clarke

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Unknown: Riyadh Najaar

Reporter: Noreen Alexander.

Producer: Nick Clarke

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"Here in South Africa, we're on a rollercoaster.

We must buckle up, hang on and hope that the train doesn't leave the tracks."

Carol Alexander is a wealthy socialite whose lifestyle and home reflect the terror of civil violence and unchecked crime sweeping the country. Reporter

Noreen Alexander. Producer Nick Clarke

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Unknown: Carol Alexander

Unknown: Noreen Alexander.

Producer: Nick Clarke

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"We associate ourselves with the Israelites in bondage in Egypt. We hope for a liberated nation and the church must keep that spirit alive."

Rev Spiwo Xapiwe , of the black Reformed

Presbyterian Church, ministers to a parish of 100,000 which encompasses extremes of poverty in three Cape Town squatter camps including "Crossroads".

Reporter Noreen Alexander. Producer Nick Clarke

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Unknown: Spiwo Xapiwe

Reporter: Noreen Alexander.

Producer: Nick Clarke

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Last in the series.

"The Health Centre belongs to the people of Alex. They could sell it and buy beer but they won't."

As South Africa struggles to find a new identity, is the model for the new nation already operating at the Alexandra Health

Centre? Dr Tim Wilson combats Third World health problems in the First World city of Johannesburg, in the only medical centre serving a black community of 250,000. Reporter Noreen Alexander.

Producer Nick Clarke

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Unknown: Dr Tim Wilson

Reporter: Noreen Alexander.

Producer: Nick Clarke

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By Emma Reeves, read by Lydia Baksh.

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