Mdantsane is a unique, vibrating, eclectic, African place. Follow us on a pilgrimage to Mdantsane to discover the street culture, fashion, food, people, music, homes, taverns, humor, businesses, history and what's hot in the second biggest township in South-Africa, located close to the city of East London in the Province of the Eastern Cape. Join us on this journey while we capture the spirit of this amazing place for you in the here and in the now. We are going to introduce you to many individuals, artists, musicians, groups and associations.
They are the HEROES OF DAILY LIFE. They are the people who create, innovate and improve their life and their stories deserve to be told. This is a place for only good and positive stories of humanity, that will send out a message of courage, endurance and strength to the world through their pictures and words.

Friday, February 26, 2010


There is no lack of cars or of their remains on the streets of Mdantsane.
It's a paradise for car lovers, ressembling a little Havanna and all models, sizes and types can be found in varying states of working condition. 

If they lack their most essential " ingredients" like engines and tires they are stored on sidewalks or fields and serve still as playground for children or for young lovers.   

Parts of Mdantsane became electrified over the years bringing a long desired change to the lives of thousands of families but many parts and the growing informal settlements bordering the outskirts of the township remain still unplugged. Most of the streets inside the township are dirt roads. The Government has built and provided thousands of simple houses over the last 15 years since South-Africa became a democratic country. Most of the houses are built in similar style and are set up in clusters in close distance to each other.
Mdantsane lacks an adequate social and economic infrastructure for an urban area of it's size.

If the financial means are available houses are neat, beautifully painted and well maintained by their owners. Most of them have a small fenced garden. 
But the town faces major challenges in regard to the supply of potable water, accessibility  of public transport, road and pedestrian access-way networks, the safety of its residents. The high crime rate complicates the life of its residents.
There are also insufficient primary quality health care facilities to deal with the high prevalence of HIV infections and HIV related  diseases.

Community Chat facilities are set up at strategic points.

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