South Africa is experiencing a period of unprecedented social and economic change; nowhere is this more evident than in Khayelitsha, South Africa’s fastest growing township. The impression from the outside is bleak—shacks line the outskirts, giving no indication of the vibrant culture found within. However, life in Khayelitsha is filled with entrepreneurial energy and community spirit. This program is an opportunity to experience this spirit firsthand. Upon entering the township, visit Philani Nutrition Centre. Here, see weavings and silkscreen paintings—projects undertaken by the women in the community.
Continue to the Khayelitsha Craft Market. After exploring the market, visit a local park to see how creative urban architecture and Soccer World Cup 2010 have combined to transform a once-treacherous, derelict area into a safe, social, and recreational precinct. Finally, complete this experience of Cape Town’s largest township with a visit to Golden, the modest man of Khayelitsha. Golden has embraced recycling and has developed a business of using junk to create flowers, which ultimately leads to the finances that sustain him and his family.
- Please note that most of the sites visited on this tour are part of an African Township, which although experiencing extreme poverty, is busy being uplifted by the government and the local community, making it a place of hope. Participants should be prepared for this aspect of the tour, as it is a no frills experience.
- Participation in this tour offers one-of-a-kind insight into the local African culture and will contribute to the economic invigoration vital for the people of South Africa.