View from above
View from above

Google earth satellite view

Stones on the roof
Stones on the roof

Anything that helps to hold a shack together

street life
street life
An ocean of shacks
An ocean of shacks

that's what it's like

shack life
shack life

Shacks increased over 50% in Cape Town over the last 10 years according to Census data

electric wiring
electric wiring

The government loves having everyone on the grid. The tariffs are cross-subsidised. Poor communities receive 50kwh free basic electricity. It's mostly coal and nuclear powered. The abundant sunshine is only converted into electricity at in a few large scale plants. There's very little residential use, even less for the poor.

Connecting to the grid
Connecting to the grid

Electricity theft remains the main unspoken subsidy in poor communities.

Narrow alleyways
Narrow alleyways

Most alleyways remain unpaved and flooded in winter

Life without sanitation
Life without sanitation

These are toilet containers that clip under a wooden seat

Container collection
Container collection

Once filled up the container stand in this guarded deposal

Containers
Containers

Once a week a truck brings the containers to clear near the airport

Street views
Street views

Here is the truck that collect the toilet containers

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