View from above
View from above

Google earth satellite view

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Stones on the roof
Stones on the roof

Anything that helps to hold a shack together

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

that's what it's like

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shack life
shack life

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

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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.

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Connecting to the grid
Connecting to the grid

Electricity theft remains the main unspoken subsidy in poor communities.

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Narrow alleyways
Narrow alleyways

Most alleyways remain unpaved and flooded in winter

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Life without sanitation
Life without sanitation

These are toilet containers that clip under a wooden seat

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Container collection
Container collection

Once filled up the container stand in this guarded deposal

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Containers
Containers

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

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Street views
Street views

Here is the truck that collect the toilet containers

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