Formerly 'Rambling with a cantankerous old mule"
On Monday I introduced life in Thokoza (a township south-east of Johannesburg, South Africa) with my post Shooting on foot (a.k.a. walking township streets).
I was amazed at how many children there were playing in the streets, parks and front yards while I was there (admittedly, it was a public holiday). According to the local municipality’s website there are twelve primary schools (Grades 1-7) in Thokoza, and only four high schools (which cater for grades 8-12). The high school in which we (Nikon South Africa) are involved has 1700 pupils – in buildings designed for around 1000 only. In fact, when I visited the school with a colleague last week he kept on asking, “You’re sure this school has 1700 pupils? In those buildings?” Somehow the figures just don’t add up …
You know how children so often take after (and mimic) their parents? Well, look out for the photo of the group of kids with a table of knickknacks on sale – and the one little girl “breastfeeding” her doll. Hey, that’s the reality of life in this township!
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