9 MOST DENSELY POPULATED TOWNSHIPScompiled by Buyile Mdladla
One of the most prominent symbols of the oppressive era of apartheid, the township system came about when black people were dispossessed and ousted from the cities’ suburbs. On April 27th in 1950 the apartheid regime in South Africa made into law the separation of its citizens on a racial basis. The Group Areas Act was passed, enforcing the segregation of the different races to specific areas within the urban locale. It also restricted ownership and the occupation of land to a specific statutory group. This meant that Blacks could not own or occupy land in White areas. Townships quickly became densely-populated and earned the reputation of being crime-ridden and poverty-stricken areas where clean amenities and facilities were lacking.
However, over the past few years, townships have emerged from these challenges as a culture-rich environment, home to a large spectrum of this Rainbow Nation. About 40% of the South African population live in townships. They are an intrinsic part of the history and current-day culture of the South African community. According to a Future Fact Research Project conducted a few years ago, more than half of the black middle class still live in townships.
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