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10 Unknown Facts about Nelson Mandela

As you all know Nelson Mandela Day the 18th of July is coming up soon, so I thought that I should enlighten you with some interesting facts about the man himself.

So here are 10 Interesting Facts about Nelson Mandela:

1. He lived  up to his name
    Mandela’s birth name was Rolihlahla. In his Xhosa tribe, the name means pulling the        branch of a tree or troublemaker. (The name “Nelson” was given to him by his teacher      on the first day of elementary school. It is not clear why she chose that particular
name.)

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2. Mandela’s Prison Number was 46664
    The number indicates that he was the 466th prisoner of 1964. He embraced the
number, making it the name of his HIV/AIDS awareness campaign and the
name of a series of charity concerts.

mandela-movie3. He had a cameo in a Spike Lee
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He had a big part in Spike Lee’s 1992 biopic “Malcolm X.” At the very end of the movie, he plays a teacher reciting Malcolm X’s famous speech to a room full of Soweto school kids. But the pacifist Mandela wouldn’t say “by any means necessary.” So Lee cut back to footage of Malcolm X to close out the film.


4. He ran away from home
    Mandela and his cousin Justice ran away from home in 1941 to avoid arranged
marriages.

5. There’s a woodpecker named after him
    In 2012 scientists named a prehistoric woodpecker after him: Australopicus
Nelsonmandelai. In 1973, the physics institute at Leeds University named a nuclear
particle the “Mandela particle”.
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6. He overcame many personal tragedies
    He finally did get marries for love in 1944, to Evelyn Mase, but their marriage
was soon marred by tragedy, their second child died at just 9 Months old, they had two
other children who died in a car crash in 1969.

7. He married a fist lady
    Before tying the knot with Mandela on his 80th birthday, Gracia Machel was married
to Mozambique President Samora Machel.Gracia
8. His legacy keeps him alive
    People loved to honor Nelson Mandela’s work for freedom and human rights.
As if those 695 awards weren’t enough, more than 25 school’s, universities and
educational institutions have been named after him. At least 19 scholarships and
foundations bear the name Nelson Mandela, and more than 95 sculptures, statues or
pieces of art have been made of him or dedicated to him.

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9. He was on the US terror watch list
    Mandela wasn’t removed from the U.S. terror watch list until 2008, at age 89. He and
other members of the African National Congress (ANC) were placed on it for                         their militant bombings and fights in the Apartheid years.

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10. He was a master of disguise
       When Mandela was eluding authorities during his fight against apartheid, he
disguised himself in various ways, including as a chauffeur. The press nicknamed him
“the black pimpernel” because of his police evasion tactics. “I became a creature of the
night. I would keep my hideout during the day, and would emerge to do my work
when it became dark,” he says in his biography,”Long Walk to Freedom”.

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10 MOST EXPENSIVE HOUSES IN SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa is the home of the most beautiful locations in the world. Within these breath taking locations you can find 10 of South Africa’s most expensive and amazing houses.

Here is a list of the 10 Most Expensive Houses in SA:

1. 4 Bedroom House in Fresnaye – R200 000 000
Yes, you read the price tag right, this beauty has a breathtaking panoramic sea view, four bedrooms, sic bathrooms and two kitchens.

2. 6 Bedroom House in Clifton – R139 000 000
This amazing pad is, according to it’s listing, “Clifton’s most sought after address”, and we can understand why just look at that view!

3. 8 Bedroom House in Camps Bay – R99 000 000
The enigmatic Enigma House has eight bedrooms, nine bathrooms plus a beautiful Olympic-sized swimming pool, and a garden cottage.

4. 4 Bedroom House In Constantia Upper – R115 000 000

First thing I said when I saw this house? WOW! And that doesn’t even sum it up. Just look at the views and the architectural structures!

5. 5 Bedroom House in Fresnaye – R110 000 000
Designed by a world famous architect, this house has 5 Bedrooms, Six bathrooms, a Gym, a playroom and media room, plus a elevator to take you to all the different floors.

6. 4 Bedroom House in Constantia – R85 000 000
All four of the bedrooms in this house are en-suite, there are two kitchens, a 25 meter long training pool, and you’ve got the mountain as the backdrop.

7. 4 Bedroom House in Uitzicht – R78 000 000
This beautiful home sits on 8.84 hectares of indigenous coastal fynbos and has an amazing view over the lagoon and through the Knysna heads. It has a wine cellar, gym and an indoor and heated swimming pool.

8. 10 Bedroom House in Constantia Upper – R78 000 000
Tucked into the mountainside, the five levels of this house can be accessed by two elevators and has all the bells and whistles, including a tennis court, formal gardens and beautiful water features.

9. 4 Bedroom House in Constantia – R70 000 000
Three guest cottages, two staff cottages, a guardhouse, a manager’s office, private vineyards, tennis court, fully equipped gym, sauna, koi pond and a beautiful roman-style swimming pool.


10. 4 Bedroom House in Rooi Els – R70 000 000

This home is right on the False Bay coastline and looks across the ocean to Cape Point, Hangklip and the surrounding Mountains. The house which is apparently award-winning, is made from glass, ash, wood, natural stone and steel. Basically its every beach lovers dream.

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20 Unknown Facts about South Africa

South Africa is now the only country in the world to have hosted the Soccer, Cricket and Rugby World Cup!

Table Mountain in Cape Town is believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world and one of the planet’s 12 main energy centers, radiating magnetic, electric or spiritual energy.
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The Cape Floral Kingdom is one of the world’s six floral kingdoms – and the only one which is wholly contained within a single country.

Some countries have deserts; some have subtropical forests, right? South Africa has: deserts, wetlands, grasslands, bush, subtropical forests, mountains and escarpments.
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South Africa’s drinking water is rated 3rd best in the world for being “safe and ready to drink”.

Water is not all there is to drink in this thirsty country! South Africa’s Cape Wine lands have around 560 wineries and 4 400 primary producers. Included in the Cape Wine lands region is Route 62, considered the longest wine route in the world. That alone is good reason to visit South Africa if you haven’t yet been!

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Sunrise above vineyards around Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa

SABMiller-executive-chair-008What about beer? South African brewery SABMiller ranks – by volume – as the largest brewing company in the world. South Africans love their beer…but the real reason the brewery is so big? SABMiller also supplies up to 50% of China’s beer.

South Africa is the only country in the entire world that has voluntarily abandoned its nuclear weapons programme.

The world’s largest themed resort hotel in the world – The Palace of the Lost City – is found in South Africa. Surrounding the Palace is a 25-hectare manmade botanical jungle with almost 2 million plants, trees and shrubs.
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South Africa is extremely rich in mining and minerals and considered the world’s leader with nearly 90% of all the platinum metals on earth and around 41% of all the world’s Gold!

South Africa is home to the oldest meteor scar in the world – the Vredefort Dome in a town called Parys. The site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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The South African Rovos Rail is considered the most luxurious train in the world.

South Africa has the highest commercial bungee jump in the world at 710 feet.

General Motors South Africa is the only place outside of the USA to build the Hummer H3!
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Despite the country’s status as a democratic republic, the Province of KwaZulu-Natal has a monarchy, specially provided for by the Constitution. Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu is the King of the Zulu Nation, has 27 kids and 6 wives and lives, literally, like a King!
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There are more than 2000 shipwrecks off the South African coast, most dating back at least 500 years.

The oldest remains of modern humans were found in South Africa and are well over 160,000 years old.

The Karoo region in the Western Cape is home to some of the best fossils of early dinosaurs. In fact, it is estimated that some 80% of the mammalian fossils found to date were found in the Karoo.
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SA has three capital cities: Pretoria is the Executive Capital, Cape Town the Legislative Capital and Bloemfontein the judicial Capital.

Can you think of any other place in the world where two Nobel Peace Prize winners lived on the same street? Both Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu had houses on Vilakazi Street in SowetoNelson-Mandela-Desmond-Tutu

Top 5 Fine-Dining Restaurants in Gauteng, South Africa

Gauteng can be considered the “NEW YORK” of South Africa, with all it’s entertainment and night life. As South Africans we are known for enjoying our foods when in comes to fine dining or sometimes just a plain “bring and braai”. I want to give you more insight into Gauteng’s Top 5 Fine-Dining Restaurants.

  1. FORUM HOMINI HOTEL – ROOTS RESTAURANT

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    Roots-Restaurant-30th-Birthday-069This restaurant is located in Kromdraai and is a upscale venue for avant-garde and has a 4.7 Star Rating. What can be expected from Roots?

    • Contemporary, modern cuisine with a South African twist
    • Fresh, natural ingredients.
    • Exciting tastes & flavours with every dish
    • Set menus
    • Course matched wine teasers
    • Wine selection from top SA wine estates
    • Dietaries are catered for
  2. LBV BISTRO AND WINE BAR

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    This 4.5 Star Restaurant is situated in Bryanston in Johannesburg.

    Kevin Laing & Jacques VD Merwe LBV, which opened in December 2013, has become a Bryanston neighborhood institution.

    Since day one Kevin & Jacques have always had a vision of a casual environment where great food that is hand made each day can be delivered in a unique fine dining experience to bring a truly unique offering to the JHB market… A la carte fine dining!

    The South African born duo broadened their horizons with Jacques moving to the UK to work in Michelin star restaurants, some of these new techniques,  trends and flavor combinations that you will find on the restaurant’s seasonal menu.

  3. DW Eleven – 13 RESTAURANT
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    Since 2009 this 4.6 Star restaurant have been providing patrons with a dining atmosphere and menu that is constantly evolving. DW Eleven-13 offers a unique experience through experimental cuisine and invites diners to explore the unknown as well as interesting twists on familiar dishes.It is a restaurant that prides itself in the creation of distinct flavors by embracing the full philosophy behind gastronomy.At dw eleven-13 we only use fresh and sustanable produce and we pride ourselves in knowing where all our produce comes from along with how it has been grown.
    It’s about delivering quality that exceeds expectations with flavors that you’ll never forget.
  4. LEVEL FOUR RESTAURANT & CHAMPAGNE BAR
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    Level Four Restaurant at 54 on Bath in Rosebank, is a 4.5 Star restaurant that offers guests distinctive fine dining in Johannesburg. The menu combines classic cuisine with contemporary influences.Headed up by Executive Chef is Matthew Foxon, the menu features his bold signature style and distinctive flair, ensuring a memorable culinary experience.

5. MARBLE RESTAURANT

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This 4.5 Star Restaurant is situated in Keyes Art Mile, the growing art and food hub of Rosebank, Marble Restaurant boasts a grand wood-fired grill imported from Grill Works in Michigan as the focal point of the restaurant. The concept combines the open-fire trend, seen internationally, with an added pinch of true South African flair.

They have long been fascinated by what makes South African cuisine unique, and they believe it’s down to being meat and flame enthusiasts. It is the timeworn ritual of cooking on wood fires and gathering with friends, the shared experience in the preparation. However, it is not just meat which we celebrate in this way, we boast an array of fresh ingredients all cooked on their perfectly prepared coals including fish, poultry, vegetables and breads.

There you go THE TOP 5 FINE – DINING RESTAURANTS IN GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA! If you have enjoyed this blog please be sure to follow me on all my social media:
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5 Most Haunted Locations in South Africa

We all love a great ghost story around a camp fire and some of us a haunting horror movie to watch on a dark rainy night, but what if you are the one inside the camp story or horror movie? South Africa is a country known for its Natural Beauty and Animals but what about haunted locations?

Here is a List of the 5 Most Haunted Placed in South Africa:

  1.  The Ghost of UniondaleUniondale is known for its ghost, a young woman who stands alone alongside the lonely stretch of road between Uniondale and Willowmore. When people stop to offer her a lift, she gets into the car and then – unsettlingly – vanishes.One encounter with the ghost was reported by a young man who saw her on Good Friday 1973 and offered her a lift. She got into the car and gave her destination as “Porterstraat twee, de Lange”.ghost-girl-hitchhiker1After traveling a short distance she disappeared. The distressed young man reported the incident to the local police, who offered to follow him to the site of the incident in another vehicle.

    Just outside Uniondale, the passenger door of the young man’s vehicle opened and closed, as if someone had just got out. He stopped immediately and consulted with the white-faced policeman, who had seen the door open and close without any movement from the young man.Similar stories have been reported.

  2. Castle of Good Hope
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    The Castle was built in the late 1600’s and has a gruesome and bloody history, that saw many lose their lives in awful violent ways. Numerous visitors have claimed to hear souls of the dead still being tortured and crying out for help.The most famous of these apparitions is the angry, cursing ghost of Governor van Noodt, who supposedly died of a heart attack while several soldiers were being hung on his order. One of the men reportedly cursed the governor just before being executed and now his soul is doomed to never leave the walls of the fortress he ruled so harshly. There are also reports of a tall wraith of a man leaping off the castle wall, a big black dog that disappears as it gets close and the sounds of voices and shuffling in the Dark Hole, a windowless underground space once used as a prison and torture chamber.
  3. Kempton Park Hospital
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    The Kempton Park Hospital closed its doors the day after Christmas in 1997 with millions of rands worth of equipment locked inside and there’s still no clear explanation why.Today, there’s not much left inside the hospital, with most of the equipment stolen over the years.
    There’s no electricity, the rooms are empty, the ceilings have been ripped out, there are broken windows and doors and thousands of confidential patient files litter the floors. The hospital has a cold dark feeling and is haunted by several patients who died within the walls.
  4. The Flying Dutchman Ghost Ship at Cape Pointflying dutchman 

    Its no secret that over our existence there has been many ships lost at sea, but this particular ships tends to return as they have claimed.The accounts have been linked to the tale of a vessel called the Flying Dutchman that was caught in a storm near Cape Point while journeying to Holland from Indonesia in 1641.
    The captain reportedly refused to turn back and swore that he would round the jagged tip of Africa even if it was the last thing he did. Which it was. The boat was destroyed and all the crew drowned that night, only instead of disappearing from the earth for good, they remained in phantom form and now haunt the waters that stole their lives…
    5. The Nottingham Road HotelNottingham-Road-Hotel-C-Nottingham-Road-Hotel-CopyLike all hotels with a history, Notties Hotel is reputed to be haunted. In the past, guests and staff have reported that the spirit of a woman roams the hotel (especially room 10) and its grounds.This house-proud, gentle ghost apparently moves flower arrangements, tidies away clothes and straightens bedding. Legend has it that she is ‘Charlotte’, a lady of loose morals or a chamber maid depending on the source of the tale, who apparently threw herself to her death over the balcony outside her room after being jilted.
    Or was she pushed ?…

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5 Movies that were filmed in South Africa

We often see movies on the big screen but never really notice the location of the film. One honourable mention besides the following is the Avengers : Age of Ultron, Where a scene was filmed in the city of Johannesburg,South Africa it has been a filming location for many movies, but here are the top 5:

1.) SAFE HOUSE (2012)

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Safe House is a 2012 American-South African spy action -thriller film directed by Daniel Espinosa, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. The film follows Matt Weston (Reynolds), a CIA agent on his first low-level posting in Cape Town who is in charge of a Safe House where the CIA is interrogating Tobin Frost (Washington), a veteran operative who has allegedly betrayed the agency. When the safe house is attacked by mercenaries who kill almost all the agents, Weston flees with Frost in his charge, and they end up on the run. As the team of killers, who seem to be one step ahead of the pair, track them throughout Cape Town, Weston begins to wonder whom to trust.

2.) BLOOD DIAMOND (2006)

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Blood Diamond is a German-American political war thriller film , starring Leonardo Dicaprio, Jennifer Conelly and Dijmon Hounsou. The title refers to Blood Diamonds, which are diamonds mined in war zones and sold to finance conflicts, and thereby profit warlords and diamond companies across the world.The film’s ending, in which a conference is held concerning blood diamonds, refers to a historic meeting that took place in Kimberley, South Africa, in 2000. It led to development of the Kimberley Process certification Scheme, which sought to certify the origin of rough diamonds in order to curb the trade in conflict diamonds, but has since been mostly abandoned.

3.) DOOMSDAY (2008)

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Doomsday is a 2008 science fiction action horror film written and directed by Neil Marshall. The film takes place in the future in Scotland, which has been quarantined because of a deadly virus. When the virus is found in London, political leaders send a team led by Major Eden Sinclair (Rihona Mitra) to Scotland to find a possible cure. Sinclair’s team runs into two types of survivors: marauders and medieval knights. Doomsday was conceived by Marshall based on the idea of futuristic soldiers facing medieval knights. In producing the film, he drew inspiration from various movies, including Mad Max, Escape from New York and 28 Days Later.

Marshall had a budget three times the size of his previous two films, The Decent and Dog Soldiers, and the director filmed the larger-scale Doomsday in Scotland and South Africa. The film was released on 14 March 2008 in the United States and Canada and in the United Kingdom on 9 May 2008.

4.) RESIDENT EVIL : THE FINAL CHAPTER (2016)

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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is a 2016 science fiction action horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. It is the sequel to Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) and the sixth and final instalment in the Resident Evil film series, which is loosely based on the Capcom survival horror video game series Resident Evil. The film stars Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts, Ruby Rose, Eoin Macken, William Levy, and Iain Glen. In the film, Alice and her friends are betrayed by Albert Wesker, who gathers the entire forces of Umbrella into one final strike against the apocalypse survivors.Principal photography on the film began on September 18, 2015, in Cape Town / Hartbeespoort Dam, South Africa.

5.) THE DARK TOWER (2017)

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The Dark Tower is a 2017 American science fantasy western film directed and co-written by Nikolaj Arcel. A continuation of Stephen King’s novel series of the same name, the film stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, a gunslinger on a quest to protect the Dark Tower—a mythical structure which supports all realities—while Matthew McConaughey plays his nemesis, Walter Padick, the Man in Black, and Tom Taylor stars as Jake Chambers, a New York boy who becomes Roland’s apprentice. The film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower has begun shooting and imagine our surprise when we heard this is taking place, not in in the US or New Zealand, but Cape Town, South Africa. Actress Katheryn Winnick, whose role in the movie is not yet clear, posted several images to her Instagram account showing off some locales in Cape Town as well as (what looks to be) a trailer with The Dark Tower title printed on it.

What makes you South African?

Have you ever wondered what truly makes you a South African? Is it your Skin Colour? Your Heritage or just simply the fact that you were born in the country.

Although those factors may all contribute to what makes you South African, here is a list of things to take into consideration:

1.)   YOUR CULTURE

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Culture is referred to as the beliefs, values, customs and traditions of a specific group of people. As South Africa is one of the most diverse countries in the world, there are many different cultures such as, various African cultures, western cultures (also known as white or Afrikaans culture) as well as Indian and Asian Cultures.

2.)   YOUR FOOD

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With each culture comes different foods, weather you are a Afrikaner eating Braai vleis and Biltong (tried preserved raw meat) or you are a African eating “Pap and Marog” or if you are a South African Indian eating a traditional Bunnychow. Each of these groups and foods are unique in their own way.

3.)   SPORT

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For South Africans sport is not just sport, our country thrives in many different sports and can be considered to having one of the best Cricket and Rugby teams in the world. Sport is what brings all our cultures together, it is the foundation of South African diversity. As South Africans we associate CULTURE, FOOD and SPORT with each other.

If you celebrate and enjoy these unique South African traditions, you are a true South African.

 

5 Most Amazing Locations in South Africa

South Africa is an extraordinary and heritage rich country, it is considered one of the most beautiful countries is the world, here is 5 Most Amazing places you must visit in South Africa.

1.)  Cape Point

Cape Point got its name from the fact that it is located in the Mother City of Cape Town and also because it is the furthest point South of Africa.Cape point nature reserve

2.)  Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated. It is located in the Cape Peninsula, near Cape Point, near . It is also commonly known as Boulders Bay. It is a popular tourist stop because of a colony of African Penguins which settled there in 1982.

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3.)  V&A Waterfront

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is situated in Cape town, It is South Africa’s oldest working harbour and gets approximately 23 million visitors a year.

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4.)  Table Mountain

Table Mountain is a flat topped mountain also located in the city of Cape Town. The main feature of Table Mountain is the level plateau approximately 3 kilometres (2 mi) from side to side, edged by impressive cliffs. It is a very popular tourist attraction, one can take the hiking route up the mountain or the cable carts.

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5.)  Robben Island

Robben Island is an island in Table Bay, 6.9 kilometres (4.3 mi) west of the coast of Bloubergstrand , Cape Town, South Africa. The name is Dutch for “seal island.” Robben Island is roughly oval in shape, 3.3 km (2.1 mi) long north-south, and 1.9 km (1.2 mi) wide, with an area of 5.08 km2 (1.96 sq mi). It is flat and only a few metres above sea level, as a result of an ancient erosion event. Nobel Laureate and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela was imprisoned there for 18 of the 27 years he served behind bars before the fall of apartheid. To date, three of the former inmates of Robben Island have gone on to become President of South Africa.

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