Townships

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  No visit to Cape Town is complete without a visit to the townships just 10 miles from the city. You see them as you arrive at the airport. They are behind the wooden walls. No are really not soposed to see them. There are many co. that offer tours to them. They seem to be about the same. Your guide will be from one of them and know the people who live there.

 3 million people live in these small areas. Some legally, a lot not. Busloads arrive daily from the Eastern Cape. Looking for those gold paved streets in Cape Town. Well the streets of gold are pretty thin and most just exist there till they get fed up and try to return to nothing from where the came. Most build these shacks next to each other. No water. No electricty. No basics of life. Comunial toilets. Public pumps. Cell phone containers. Yes, they are containers. There are some shops and lots of bars, legal and otherwise.

 There are some schools. We went to a private one. The children have brite eyes and lots of energy. You just wonder about their future.

  The local Cape towners wonder why people go there. Maybe if they went, they might understand that they have to come up with an answer, white and the new very rich black.

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