What is a Township

The Township History

Townships are defined as areas that were designated under apartheid legislation for exclusive occupation by people classified as Africans, Coloureds and Indians.

Previously called ‘locations’ Townships have a unique and distinct history, which has had a direct impact on the socioeconomic status of these areas and how people perceive and operate within them. Over the years, Townships have developed an iconic profile in South African society, representing the very heart of where the struggle for freedom was waged, where many of today’s leaders, including famous politicians, artists, business icons, sportsmen and women were born and grew up. They are also places where a real sense of community exists.

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Article Source

http://www.shisaka.co.za/documents/TownshipTransformationTLnarrative.pdf/page 6 paragraph 2.

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