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July 03, 2009

Langa township: an insider’s look – a Cape Town Tourism photo essay

Solo Photo Book Month (SoFoBoMo) is an online organisation encouraging photographers worldwide to create a book over a period of one month. Entries are submitted for judging by the organisers and the successful applicants have their books published online. Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Paul Perton registered his book online and was one of the 212 successful applicants out of 884. Paul’s book features Cape Town’s Langa township – see below for an extract. To see the full book please follow this link.

“Translated from the original Xhosa language, Langa means ‘sun’. However, the name of the township is believed to have been derived from the name of Langalibalele, a chief who in 1873 was imprisoned on Robben Island for rebelling against the government of the day. Langa is the oldest township in Cape Town and while it is probably the most peaceful of its kind today, it was the source of much anti-apartheid activism in decades past.”

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JZ (Jacob Zuma), now President of South Africa, grins over Langaʼs main road junction. In the background are Athloneʼs chimneys and cooling towers and behind them, Devilʼs Peak and Table Mountain.

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Monday morning.

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After several days of non-stop rain, these two seem more than happy to be able to play in the street again.

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In Brinton Street a father tries to convince his daughter that a visit to the doctor wonʼt hurt.

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Furniture seller and doctor rub shoulders.

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Winter clothing market.

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