Townships in Cape Town are basically what Americans would call an outdoor shelter. I can't remember the name of the one we went to, but it was one of the largest in Cape Town, housing over 18,000 people in an incredibly small amount of space. People with little to no income will live in these Townships and the government provides subsidy to them, yet still makes them pay full price for electricity. 

The township we visited in particular had a program where children and adults would create works of art and sell them to visitors. The people there highly embraced visitors because they knew that some of the visitors would someday may an impact on their community. The townships are such a high crime area that the police even give up when it comes to answering police calls, yet the people that live there are happier than most of the people that I know back in America. The children are so adorable and dance around and held our hands!

There are two parts to the Township we visited. One part is the incredibly run down part (as shown in the photos above with our tour guide looking down in the photos), where multiple families would live with about fifteen people in each small room. The other part called the "Beverly Hills of Townships," as our tour guide called it, is a section of the Township where there are actual houses. People that live in those houses can afford to live outside of the Townships but choose to stay because it's their roots. The people that also live there tend to care more about clothing to show status instead of other essentials in life. 

 

 

After the Townships, our guide took us to Mizoli's, which is this massive party barbecue located in other Township across town. It's CRAZY!!! It's literally just a massive party with DJs and tons of food and people literally in the middle of nowhere. People will wait two hours in line to order food and then one hour for the food to be cooked. The food is absolutely amazing!



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