The average South African township after heavy rains

Photos taken in June 2013 after heavy rains in Cape Town. This is in Khayelitsha township. For those who don’t know, a township is an place where people live in makeshift houses. It was created under apartheid to house black South Africans in really bad living conditions. The majority of black South Africans live in townships. Photos by Yazeed Kamaldien

This is a toilet outside. The government has allocated these types of toilets to locals. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

This is a toilet outside. The government has allocated these types of toilets to locals. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

Walkways become waterways. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

Walkways become waterways. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

This is a toilet outside. The government has allocated these types of toilets to locals. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

This is a toilet outside. The government has allocated these types of toilets to locals. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

Walkways become waterways. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

Walkways become waterways. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

Inside a flooded shack. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

Inside a flooded shack. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

This is a toilet outside. The government has allocated these types of toilets to locals. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

This is a toilet outside. The government has allocated these types of toilets to locals. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

Most shacks don't have flooring. The floor is the land. When it rains, water seeps through from the land. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

Most shacks don’t have flooring. The floor is the land. When it rains, water seeps through from the land. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

This is a toilet outside. The government has allocated these types of toilets to locals. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

This is a toilet outside. The government has allocated these types of toilets to locals. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

Shacks are reinforced with plastic and any materials that can be used to protect from bad weather. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

Shacks are reinforced with plastic and any materials that can be used to protect from bad weather. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

Walkways become waterways. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

Walkways become waterways. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

Water on the floor of this shack. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

Water on the floor of this shack. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

Inside of a shack. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

Inside of a shack. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

This dog seems just as confused as the people on what to do with all that water. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

This dog seems just as confused as the people on what to do with all that water. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

One of many children affected by the floods. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

One of many children affected by the floods. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

Another type of toilet that the government provides township residents. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

Another type of toilet that the government provides township residents. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

Inside a flooded shack. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

Inside a flooded shack. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

This guy was fixing his door after heavy rains and wind destroyed it. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

This guy was fixing his door after heavy rains and wind destroyed it. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

Patchwork shack. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

Patchwork shack. Pic by Yazeed Kamaldien

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About Yazeed Kamaldien

Self-employed journalist and photographer from South Africa.

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