South Africa

Winding path to decent housing for South Africa’s poor

Along the side of a bumpy, dusty road in Motsoaledi sits a concrete stand supporting a water pipe and faucet tap. It is one of 48 taps installed ... by the government throughout the informal shack settlement, says Cat, a young man who serves as guide. That number might sound impressive, except that there are 40,000 people living in Motsoaledi and the taps are their only clean water source. In a few cases where residents are too frail to fetch water from a tap, explains Cat, "we laid pipes to their houses."