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third world microcosm

Knysna, with its spectacular lagoon, is a world-renowned tourist mecca and jewel of the Garden Route region of South Africa. It is the epitome of affluence and opportunity for the economic elite.

On its outskirts lies the sprawling informal settlement of Khayalethu ("Our Home"), which is a microcosm of Third World poverty and socio-economic challenges. This snapshot is taken 12 years into the new post-apartheid democratic dispensation, following Nelson Mandela's reconstruction and development programme, which was amended by Thabo Mbeki's neoliberal GEAR strategy (growth, employment and reconstruction).

This is an attempt to tell a little of Khayalethu's story ............

[See my article: "Khayalethu" in the PBase Magazine, Issue #7, pages 17 - 19]

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