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The rural community of Bonnievale, about two hours from Cape Town in the Breede River Valley, is typical of small-town SA. There, poverty and unemployment smother the dreams and aspirations of many young people like a blanket of dust.

In SA, academic studies have found that of every 100 children who start school, 40 drop out before matric. Of the 37 who pass matric, only 12 go to university — and only six of those achieve an undergraduate qualification...

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