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South Africa

31 January 1999

Sunday Times (South Africa)

The only thing people wear on their hips in Mapela are their cellphones. The small rural district in the Northern Province has banned guns, with virtually every building, from schools and clinics to shops and shebeens declared gun-free zones. From the dusty roads which lead from one part of the district to another, the signs reading "Gun Free" can be seen dotting the villages. Gilbert Pila, the CEO of the Greater Bakenberg transitional local government, under which... (

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