10 Things You Didn’t Know About Khayelitsha Township, South Africa

Written by Keren Mikva

One of the largest townships in South Africa, and the fastest growing, Khayelitsha has developed a rich culture. Located on the outskirts of Cape Town, Khayelitsha is home to nearly 400,000 residents — the majority are Xhosas — in an area of approximately 39 square kilometers (15 square miles). That’s more than 25,000 people per square mile, living in one of South Africa’s newest townships. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Khayelitsha.

Sources: CapeTown.Travel, SAHistory.org.za, GuardianLV.com, BBC.com, CapeTown.at, Census 2011, Ground Up, BDLive.co.za,  CapeTown.gov.za, Stbweb02.STB.sun.ac.za

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