Township life, take two, Mamelodi
Trip Start Mar 18, 2007
14Trip End Aug 16, 2007
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And with a full stomach, we rolled out east to Mamelodi, the Soweto of Pretoria. It's got a little bit less diversity and character when compared to Soweto, and doesn't have those developed bits, but it was interesting. It has drawn the spotlight some in the past few weeks, as some temporary developments were deemed unfit for occupation, and demolished by the government... but, of course, they had no alternative lined up, resulting, expectedly, in riots and chaos. My friend, Jim, who I work with, and who lives in Mamelodi, actually couldn't come to work one day due to the riots, as there was no mini-bus coming to Mamelodi.
Anyway, it was a nice day, mostly spent sitting around at Jim's house. This time we sat in his yard and watched the township move around us, instead of us moving through the township. And we had another game of soccer in the street... when there weren't cars, of course.