March 2001
Victoria Mxenge was the first of the housing projects founded by the South African Homeless People’s Federation in the 1990s in Khayalitsha, meaning “New Home”, a huge sprawling township on a windswept, sandy flood plain outside Cape Town. A small oasis in a seemingly infinite sea of squatter settlements, the project has several streets of neat houses, a creche, an office built from old, brightly painted shipping containers and a small shop selling basic essentials. Nearly one-third of Cape Town’s population of three million live in slums or squatter settlements.

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