Khayelitsha means "Our New Home", and it was named that because in 1985, tens of thousands of black South Africans were moved here by the government, to relieve overcrowding in other townships.
Rachel Chitongo moved to Cape Town from Harare, Zimbabwe, and she lives here in Khayelitsha. She'll take you on a walk through the township's bustling centre, and tell you about the spirit of some of the people who live here, as they make their daily commutes to the "white" suburbs to work.
Department of Coffee, Khayelitsha Mall, Khayelitsha Magistrates Court
The walk starts outside the Magistrates Court, on the corner of Steve Biko and Walter Sisulu Road.
Places to stop along the way:
Department of Coffee, Shops and Food Stalls
Best time to walk:
Only do this walk during daylight hours, between 9am and 5pm.
The route follows a safe and well-worn path, but still, township life is hard, and opportunistic thieves do roam the area at times. Walk with a friend or in a group. Keep your phone in your pocket, and don't linger in quiet areas.
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