The Makhanda Miracle: A South African Partnership Across Racial Lines

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The view from the township across to the wealthy side of town. On top of the hill is the Settler's Monument, built in 1820.



The view from the township across to the wealthy side of town. On top of the hill is the Settler’s Monument, built in 1820.


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Daphne Timms is a real-estate agent, but she is losing clients because of the administrative problems in the city.



Daphne Timms is a real-estate agent, but she is losing clients because of the administrative problems in the city.


Foto: Sandy Coffey / DER SPIEGEL





Ayanda Kota and his Unemployed People's Movement



Ayanda Kota and his Unemployed People’s Movement


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Nox has just filled her buckets at the water truck. She used to have running water in her home, and a job. Today, she has neither.



Nox has just filled her buckets at the water truck. She used to have running water in her home, and a job. Today, she has neither.


Foto: Sandy Coffey / DER SPIEGEL





Makhanda Mayor Mzukisi Mpahlwa: "There must be consequences."



Makhanda Mayor Mzukisi Mpahlwa: “There must be consequences.”


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Human excrement is floating in this family's yard, but nobody has repaired the damaged sewage system.



Human excrement is floating in this family’s yard, but nobody has repaired the damaged sewage system.


Foto: Sandy Coffey / DER SPIEGEL





Rebone Tau used to be active in leading ANC positions, but today she works for the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and supports Makhanda residents in their fight against corruption.



Rebone Tau used to be active in leading ANC positions, but today she works for the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and supports Makhanda residents in their fight against corruption.


Foto: Sandy Coffey / DER SPIEGEL





Lining up for unemployment benefits is a monthly ritual in Makhanda.



Lining up for unemployment benefits is a monthly ritual in Makhanda.


Foto: Sandy Coffey / DER SPIEGEL





Tim Bull used to be a policeman in London. Today, he heads up the Makhanda Residents Association.



Tim Bull used to be a policeman in London. Today, he heads up the Makhanda Residents Association.


Foto: Sandy Coffey / DER SPIEGEL





The Broken City of Makhanda


Foto: Sandy Coffey / DER SPIEGEL

The Broken City of Makhanda





They haven't lost their sense of humor. Here, Eugene Ripenz is standing in front of his bar, The Pothole and Donkey.



They haven’t lost their sense of humor. Here, Eugene Ripenz is standing in front of his bar, The Pothole and Donkey.


Foto: Sandy Coffey / DER SPIEGEL

This piece is part of the Global Societies series. The project runs for three years and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.



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