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Story Publication logo October 4, 2012

South Africa: Life in Langa

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In South Africa, women are not equal. The fight to end apartheid has been waged and won, but the...

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Langa is a sprawling township—home to all ages, from across Africa and around the country. Image by Melissa Turley. South Africa, 2012.

Many South Africans still make their home in townships, segregated areas where they relocated after being forcibly removed from "white only" land. Some houses resemble small ranch-like homes with running water and modern amenities. Other styles of homes, called informal settlements, are box-like structures made from storage containers, metal or wood. They lack water, heat and toilets. With every flood residents risk losing their homes.

The township of Langa, the first in Cape Town, combines a unique historical past with a forward-looking future.


Three women grouped together: an elderly woman smiling, a transwoman with her arms folded, and a woman holding her headscarf with a baby strapped to her back.


Gender Equality

Gender Equality
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LGBTQ+ Rights

LGBTQ+ Rights

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