29 October, 2020

South Africa Diary

In Outlook this week, a diary from Cape Town.

Illustration by Saahil
South Africa Diary
Black Nation, White Nation

We were on our trip to South Africa in a tourist capsule. Arriving in and traveling around Cape Town, it was easy to see why many call it the most beautiful city in the world. Cape Town is an exquisitely planned city that off­ers expansive views of precipitous cliffs, azure Atlantic waters, frolicking beaches, extensive vineyards, lush meadows, tree-lined streets and pretty houses. However, bursting thr­o­ugh the initial euphoria we see a city and a nation struggling to overcome the legacy of Apartheid. To my eyes, there was not even a semblance of the blending of cultures two decades past the repeal of Apartheid.

Inside the city, middle class and upper middle class houses are secured by thick walls and electric fences, while the Khayelitsha (a congested township) tee­med with scrap metal dwellings. Even as Victoria and Alfred Mall is cited as Cape Town’s Number 1 tourist destination, Robben Island and...



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