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Notes on the Geography of Great Mirror: Photo 32

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Farther east, Enkanini is an informal settlement of 11,000 huts on the edge of Khayelitsha, which itself is a settlement of perhaps half a million people about 15 miles east of Table Mountain. Settlement began here after the Group Areas Act forced blacks out of Cape Town. The core of Khayelitsha was planned and built by the government, but growth continued, some planned, some not. In 1990, 14 percent of the 450,000 residents lived in houses, 54 percent in serviced shacks, and 32 percent in unserviced ones like these. Electricity finally arrived in Enkanini in 2012. The name Khayelisha, by the way, is Xhosa for "New Home," a fine bit of public relations, fit for a dystopic science-fiction fantasy.

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