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August 21, 2015
Tembisa (the name means “Promise,”) is the second largest township in South Africa, founded in 1957 when black residents of Joburg were being evicted from the soon-to-be whites only areas. We are shooting in one of the most marginalareas– under the power lines, where hundreds of tiny shacks have been constructed of found materials, huddle together. Although much of Tembisa is comprised of neatly laid out streets lined with houses that include running water and electricity, this area reflects the dire poverty of its inhabitants. We ate lunch at a school serving these kids, and I’m plotting how our production company can leave it a bit better off than we found it. The children we met needed shoes, uniforms that fit, pencils – and the promise of jobs and a positive future. Watch this video of kids playing- as kids do. They are bright and ambitious children- like our children- and like them, they deserve the best.
Posted by Kathy Eldon on Friday, August 21, 2015