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Langa is a township of Cape Town that is an assortment of small, crowded houses and squatter camps. It was established in 1923 and planned so that there was maximum visibility of the black and coloured occupants by the controlling authorities who harshly imposed apartheid. Bloody uprisings occured, such as the 1960 demonstration against the Pass Laws which were designed to restrict the movements of non-Europeans. The HIV epidemic has hit Langa very badly with normal family life badly affected. Improvements in recent years have been seen with public toilets and clean water provided. However, the continual influx of migrant workers keeps the township unsatisfactorily crammed in bad conditions. Nevertheless, the Township appears to function reasonably well. During the day it is possible to walk around Langa with a local guide. The fee helps to support the Township. We were specifically asked not to give money to the children to prevent truancy from school. Education is highly prized by most black South Africans because they view it as a way out of poverty. We came across this delightful but rather serious little boy filling his water bottle from a public tap with the water splashing over him.

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