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<?xml version="1.0"?>
<api>
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&lt;/p&gt;
&lt;!-- 
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--&gt;
</text>
    <langlinks />
    <categories />
    <links>
      <pl ns="0" xml:space="preserve">South Africa Rock Climbing Routes Wiki:Sandbox</pl>
    </links>
    <templates>
      <tl ns="4" xml:space="preserve"> South Africa Rock Climbing Routes Wiki:Sandbox</tl>
    </templates>
    <images />
    <externallinks />
    <sections />
    <iwlinks />
    <properties />
  </parse>
</api>