The Group Areas Act, 1950, along with its predecessor, The Natives Land Act, 1913, relegated the masses to a mere 8% of the land area in South Africa.
What the past 22 years have failed to address is not the land issue, but how separated and insulated a sector of our citizens live.
There is no way I can even begin to fully understand what it means to have no water. Yet, a couple kilometres from my suburban cocoon, water scarcity is a daily reality that fellow “White Riverians” have to contend. If my family ever needed an ambulance, we are confident that the EMS would find our home. We have a street name. In the little time I’ve spent in Kabokweni I don’t think I ever saw a pole at a corner of a street, naming my currently location. How the pizza delivery guy finds his clients boggles my mind.
What the geographical divide effects have changed. Previously the amount of pigmentation determined which side of the mountain you lived. Today, the lines have blurred to include class, status and security.
The financial effect is one seldom spoke about. How our maid spends a far greater portion of her income towards travel and transport. Nearly double our household, percentage wise. If you live in Kabokweni, there is no such thing as LAN WiFi. Not because the demand is not there. It is purely that the infrastructure has not even begun to be planned for in these areas. There goes access to information.
We are… not an equal collective.