Where did my old mattress go?

This is Kliptown. Population unknown, estimated at around 50,000.

A place where empty milk cartons and bottle caps become car toys; where young men meet girls in the queues of the only water tap their families share with 10 other families; a place where all is shared because that is the only way to have “enough”; a place where 70% of the population is unemployed and the other 30% badly payed. This is Kliptown, the oldest residential district in Soweto.

This is Kliptown, where kids and young people perform with big smiles gum-boot dances to strangers; where the new generation dreams about a better township and works hard for their education; a place where there is no room for self pity but always time for one big smile and an even bigger hug.

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