Kekeletso Nakeli-Dhliwayo
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6 Jan 2022
6:24 am

Only the privileged see the minimum wage as a living wage

Kekeletso Nakeli-Dhliwayo

Shack dwellers and estate residents to a certain extent now live side by side.

In Sandton, one takes in the sunset with a glass of sherry while the residents of Alexandra choke on the smokey air as they prepare evening meals after a long day working in Sandton, the suburb they look across at. Photo for illustration: iStock

South Africa has a humiliating kind of poverty. At the dawn of democracy, aspirations were no longer limited by race or gender. Fast forward to the here and now, shack dwellers and estate residents to a certain extent now live side by side. Estate residents are upset by the depreciating influence the shacks have on their properties while shack residents watch the kind of the life they hope and pray for recede. Alexandra and Sandton are built side by side and the estates of Ballito are built on the brink of Shakaskraal informal settlement. In Sandton, one takes in the...