The New York Times does some real reporting for a change in a story (last week) about a new 16-mile long bus rapid transit service which offers fast, affordable, dignified travel on bus lanes cleared of other vehicles between black Soweto and Johannesburg’s still very white northern suburbs.  The main users of the Brazilian made buses are domestic workers–“one in six working women in South Africa is a housekeeper or nanny”–who spend a fifth of their incomes to go and wash middle class people’s clothes and care for their employers’ children.

The article is accompanied by photos by South African photographer Joao Silva, like the one above which shows one of the people profiled in the story walking to a bus stop 30 minutes away from her house.

The article also focuses on the opposition the service faces from unscrupulous minibus taxi operators (“a bus was fired on and a passenger and a policewoman on it were hit” recently) to mostly white suburbanites who’ll opposed anything.

The full series of photographs

Further Reading

The culture wars are a distraction

When our political parties only have recourse to the realm of identity and culture, it is a smokescreen for their lack of political legitimacy and programmatic content. It is cynically unpolitical, and it’s all bullshit.