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OBITUARY | Local is lekker. Now for the other side to dazzle Peter Feldman

The arts community has been stunned and saddened to hear of the sudden death of the beloved showbiz journalist

Tat Wolfen

A product of small-town SA, Selwyn David Feldman was the only Jewish boy in his class – possibly even in his school at that time – and it wasn’t an easy ride. After all, who has a “weird” name like “Selwyn” – especially when his parents, in their quaintly Yiddish accents, pronounced it “Shelvin”?

In the Jewish tradition of assimilation, young Selwyn swiftly had his first name formally changed to that of his local hero, the Greek owner of the local corner café.

There’s something beautifully South African in that story, that speaks to the bond that existed between SA’s Greek and Jewish communities – both outsiders in a society already divided between black and white, English and Afrikaans...

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