Tag: Township Tourism

How about booking a night in this ‘shantytown’?

Where else, but in #SouthAfrica. There are times when even we are speechless. Who comes up with offensive stuff like this? For a price nearly equivalent to the median monthly income of a South African domestic worker, you can stay for a night in a real informal settlement! I mean, just because these shacks have “under-floor heating and wireless internet access” doesn’t make them any less real.

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Township “Living,” White People and the Limits of “Empathy”

If a white family spends a month in a shack, it’s called “brave,” an exercise in “empathy,” and above all, deemed newsworthy enough to gain international coverage. If a black family spends a lifetime in a shack, it’s called South Africa, and it certainly won’t make the paper.

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