- 2000-2009 (Creation)
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Name of creator
Member of the Order of the Disa awarded to Amy Thornton
Amy Thornton has been motivated all her life by an absolute outrage at injustice. In 1948, then 16, she took part in her first act of defiance, putting up anti-National Party posters in Stellenbosch. Over the decades that followed Amy was active in the Communist Party, the Modern Youth Society and the Congress of Democrats, campaigning vigorously against racism, fascism and economic exploitation. In 1955, she headed for the Congress of the people but was arrested en route. She was banned in 1959, for 14 years and again banned in 1989. She was a UDF patron, actively participating in mass campaigns and did valuable work in advice offices on the Cape Flats. She has four children, the youngest of whom was detained in 1986.
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Scope and content
For 9 years, between 2000 and 2009, Amy Thornton edited an advice column, called “Ask Amy”, for the Cape Community Newspapers serving the Cape Flats. The letters asking for advice covered several themes, including marriage, family, divorce, work, relationships, work and consumer-related issues, and reflect the social, personal and economic issues facing people living in Cape Town’s townships at the time.
Amy Thornton’s responses are included.
The letters are arranged in date order from 2000 to 2009, following the original numbering of the letters starting from 1-797.