Khayelitsha : UMlungu in a Township
Ignoring advice from his white friends, and to the bemusement of his black friends, Steven Otter throws caution to the wind and moves into Khayelitsha, a black township outside Cape Town. The story of his experiences in the uneven spread of shacks and informal housing that are home to more than a million people provides an unusual perspective on, and insight into, a predominantly Xhosa community and their reaction to an umlungu in their midst. Steven comes to understand his identity as a South African, the true meaning of community and brotherhood, and that some tsotsis are not what they seem. He finds that his preconceived notions of culture and race are called into question and that ubuntu, community and a sense of humour may still thrive alongside poverty and crime.
- Electronic book text
- 01 Sep 2012
- Penguin Books (SA) (Pty) Ltd
- The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd
- South Africa
About Steven Otter
Steven Otter was born in Johannesburg in 1973 but grew up in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape. Upon the completion of his one-year military conscription in the early 90s he moved to Cape Town to enrol at Peninsula Technikon as a journalism student. He lived in Khayelitsha in 2002 and 2005. Steven has since worked as a journalist for a well-known Cape Town daily newspaper and as a subeditor, journalist and photographer for a weekly publication in Amsterdam. He lives in Cape Town and serves as the media officer for South African politician Patricia de Lille.