Life how to get rid of ants nest in house in townships – is it worth to visit townships in South Africa

The plane cut through the last part of clouds and how to get rid of ants nest in house after a long journey, I could finally see the first glimpse of south africa. I was excited like never before – I’ve never even dreamt of visiting this country yet I how to get rid of ants nest in house was just about to land in johannesburg, more than ready to discover this mythical place. I had no idea what to expect from south africa, I only knew basics, and so I was curiously looking out of the window, trying to spot as many details as possible.

The very first thing I’ve noticed were beautiful blooming blue jacaranda trees – I’ve seen them for the very first time ever and how to get rid of ants nest in house just loved them! But shortly after I’ve spotted some destroyed neighborhoods, people living in collapsing containers. As it turned out it was one of the many how to get rid of ants nest in house townships, a settlement that can be widely seen across the country.

I’ve heard the name “township” before but all the reading I’ve done couldn’t have properly prepared me to what I was about how to get rid of ants nest in house to experience. I just knew I have to visit at least one how to get rid of ants nest in house township during my south african trip, to try to learn about the life in these conditions. My initial plan was just to see the township in how to get rid of ants nest in house knysna as the local tour offered there was supposed to how to get rid of ants nest in house be the best one in the whole country. But this just made me more curious and more interested how to get rid of ants nest in house in the issue.

It didn’t take me much to decide that I want to how to get rid of ants nest in house visit more townships, suddenly I felt just have to learn more about the how to get rid of ants nest in house life in townships and get a wider perspective on the how to get rid of ants nest in house place. And so after a small change of plans I also how to get rid of ants nest in house got to visit township in cape town and soweto. I really can’t explain why such difficult issues interest me so much, especially that they stay in my mind for a long how to get rid of ants nest in house time, haunting me big time.

Townships were created in the late 19th century but the how to get rid of ants nest in house peak of its “popularity” came in the apartheid times, a dark page in the south africa history, when “non-white” people were forced to leave their houses and move to how to get rid of ants nest in house special places, designated only for certain race groups (black people, coloreds and indians). Areas where people suddenly had to live in were underdeveloped, lacking the basic facilities like running water or electricity. Whole families were packed in tiny houses made of containers.

Tourism is also getting more important in the life of how to get rid of ants nest in house the townships and even if some inhabitants may not agree how to get rid of ants nest in house with that, it still makes a big difference. It’s possible to stay overnight there, to eat with local people, to have a full township experience. It may feel like townships are selling each other but how to get rid of ants nest in house I more see it as a way to raise the how to get rid of ants nest in house awareness of the poor living condition and the reality of how to get rid of ants nest in house the difficult life in africa that eventually can lead to how to get rid of ants nest in house improving these.

There are numerous tours you can join to get a how to get rid of ants nest in house township experience and I definitely suggest doing it when you how to get rid of ants nest in house visit south africa. Only with the tour, you can get a full background story that will help how to get rid of ants nest in house you to understand the place. Click here to see the overview of township tours in how to get rid of ants nest in house south africa.

The tour was small, there were only 8 of us, and it was run by the local citizen of the how to get rid of ants nest in house township – ella. This brave woman worked very hard to get where she how to get rid of ants nest in house is and now does a lot of great things for how to get rid of ants nest in house the community, working on lots of local projects to make the life how to get rid of ants nest in house better.

During the tour, we visited a local shop (where the seller is hidden behind the grille and where how to get rid of ants nest in house you might buy things not only per package but also how to get rid of ants nest in house per item), a hairdresser (there are so many of them in townships!), a local repair shop. There were animals randomly crossing the streets but overall it how to get rid of ants nest in house looked like a neat township, there seemed to be an order in this place.

A lot of houses were old, wooden structures, with no electricity or running water. The country is constantly building new houses next to the how to get rid of ants nest in house old ones, the waiting list is long but people are patiently waiting how to get rid of ants nest in house for their turn. Everything but electricity is for free, the same goes for the schools, hospitals and other social services.

I didn’t actually plan to visit a cape town township but how to get rid of ants nest in house I couldn’t miss such an opportunity since imizamo yethu was on how to get rid of ants nest in house the route of the hop-on-hop-off bus (the only way to get to the interesting places in how to get rid of ants nest in house the city, there’s hardly any public transport! You can get your bus ticket here.).

This one was in much worse condition than the knysna how to get rid of ants nest in house township, their water facilities are dismal, the sewerage system is non-existent, very few toilets can be found around. The only couple of streets had real houses – and “street” is also a too big name for the lane with how to get rid of ants nest in house no asphalt and water running through it. Most of the life of the township is in the how to get rid of ants nest in house containers – houses, shops, services, and even a church are located in these.

Even if I visited imizamo yethu in the middle of how to get rid of ants nest in house the weekday there were a lot of kids running around how to get rid of ants nest in house and playing on the streets. The unemployment is really big, reaching 50% but even if someone becomes successful the person still lives how to get rid of ants nest in house in the township, the community bonds are really strong there!

Probably the most known township in south africa is actually how to get rid of ants nest in house the group of these, located in the south-west of johannesburg (hence the name, soweto = south western townships). People say “when soweto sneeze whole south africa catches the flu” and that’s very accurate as a lot of main events in how to get rid of ants nest in house the recent history started in soweto. One of the best museums I visited during this trip, hector pieterson museum, is also located there.

Soweto is home to over 1,2 million people and the living standards vary, there’re fancy looking houses and expensive cars and few streets how to get rid of ants nest in house later people live in ruined containers with no running water how to get rid of ants nest in house or electricity. Unemployment reaches 70%, 50% among youth but there’re a lot of local initiatives to revitalize the area how to get rid of ants nest in house and make people more active. Soon there’ll be a new hotel opened in soweto, in the neighborhood of the soweto towers – two factory chimneys that are probably the best-known landmark in the townships.

There’s also a lot of money coming from abroad, both from church or independent organizations, for example in one of the schools kids are sponsored how to get rid of ants nest in house by french organization hence have to learn the language. Still, the salaries in soweto are around 6 times smaller than how to get rid of ants nest in house in other areas of johannesburg and the poverty is widely how to get rid of ants nest in house seen around.

Soweto is a must visit place for everyone coming to how to get rid of ants nest in house johannesburg. I even changed my plans to include the place in how to get rid of ants nest in house my south african itinerary and I don’t regret this decision at all. That was the place that created the south african history, in soweto two of the nobel peace prize winners – nelson mandela and desmond tutu – used to live (on the same street!), soweto struggled so much during apartheid times. No matter how hard it was to visit this place how to get rid of ants nest in house it was one of the highlights of my time in how to get rid of ants nest in house south africa.

Recently I came across the term “slum tourism” that referred also to visiting townships in south africa. Apparently one of the main reasons people go for this how to get rid of ants nest in house kind of tours is to put their life into a how to get rid of ants nest in house perspective and to make themselves feel better about what they how to get rid of ants nest in house have. Well, it wasn’t the case with me.

I was simply curious and wanted to see how the how to get rid of ants nest in house real life for the majority of south african citizens look how to get rid of ants nest in house like, I was hoping to understand the country, culture, and history that way. And I did. These weren’t easy visits but I definitely learned a lot from how to get rid of ants nest in house them.

But also when I was looking at kids running around, playing together on the streets with barely any toys I how to get rid of ants nest in house could see similarities to my childhood. When I grew up things also weren’t very good in poland yet the country managed to how to get rid of ants nest in house overcome the problems. Even if we didn’t have a lot of kids were happy and had how to get rid of ants nest in house a good childhood. And that’s what I saw in these townships too, happy kids who might have a bright future ahead! This is what I hope and wish for!

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