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April 14, 2009

Khayelitsha dream – Flickr pic of the day

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This unusual image was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Gabriel Gastelum aka PixelNoir.

Gabriel says, “I had quite a contrast of emotions trying to decide whether to go on a township tour or not. At first it seemed like exploitation of the poor population of South Africa. But, on the other hand, these tours were started by people from the townships and are geared to help people make a living. So I decided to suck it up, throw away any preconceived notions I had about the tour and just do it.

“I am glad I did.

“This picture was taken in Khayelitsha, the second township we visited on our tour. Our guide took us to a preschool in order for us to interact with the children and see how education works in a township. It was such a fantastic experience. We got to dance with the children, they sang to us, and we went outside to play games with them as well.

“The boy in the picture came up to me and took an interest in my camera. He started to tell me something, but I could not understand what he was saying. The teacher came over and told me he was trying to tell me about a dream he had. When I asked what the dream was about, she explained that he dreamt the whole world had visited him and that seeing me there was part of his dream,” he continues.

Khayelitsha (meaning “new home”) is one of Cape Town’s largest townships, and is situated some 40km or 25mi from the Mother City.

These days, things are looking up in Khayelitsha, although poverty and unemployment are still rife. This is a township with its eyes on the future. Tourism is important to the townships, and gives visitors some insight into the lives of those who live here.

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Image © Gabriel Gastelum aka PixelNoir 2009

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