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Rich vs Poor Neighborhoods Of Cape Town In South Africa (11 pics)

Posted in Random » Weird   28 Jun 2016   / 4403 views

Strand and Nomzamo, Cape Town, South Africa.

Cape Town is a city like no other. "It's incredibly beautiful," Miller says, "and is the quintessential South African blend of first and third world."

Sweet Home, Cape Town, South Africa.

Black people, sometimes referred to as "colored," have been disenfranchised in the country for hundreds of years. Starting in 1948, apartheid protected racism under the law.

Masiphumelele and Lake Michelle, Cape Town, South Africa.Johnny Miller/Millefoto

In the years following, black people were forcibly removed from their homes in rural areas and dropped into slums. The new developments were spaced apart to prevent black people from unifying under one nationalist organization.

Vusimuzi and Mooifontein, Johannesburg, South Africa.Johnny Miller/Millefoto

Apartheid is no longer lawful, but many black residents still live in tin shacks, confined to sandy, arid areas far outside the city.

Hout Bay and Imizamo, Cape Town, South Africa.Johnny Miller/Millefoto

The wealthy, white people claimed leafy neighborhoods on the Atlantic seaboard and near Table Mountain, closer to the downtown area and its resources.

Papwa Sewgolum Golf Course, Durban, South Africa.Johnny Miller/Millefoto

"Interestingly, sometimes you have very poor communities that, for one reason or another, exist right in the middle of very wealthy neighborhoods," Miller says.

Manenberg and Phola Park, Cape Town, South Africa.Johnny Miller/Millefoto

Miller wanted to document these areas. He used a website that turns census data into an interactive map, sorting residents by race, income, and language spoken.

Vukuzenzele and Sweet Home, Cape Town, South Africa.Johnny Miller/Millefoto

Google Maps helped him identify safe zones where he could launch and land the DJI Inspire One drone. In South Africa, it's legal to fly a drone if it's not for commercial use.

Papwa Sewgolum Golf Course, Durban, South Africa.Johnny Miller/Millefoto

The results are incredible. "I knew that the divisions were extreme," Miller says, "but I didn't realize how extreme they were until I flew overhead."

Strand and Nomzamo, Cape Town, South Africa.Johnny Miller/Millefoto

His photos have been seen by hundreds of thousands of people around the world, prompting a wide range of reactions, including some bigoted commentary.

Strand and Nomzamo, Cape Town, South Africa.Johnny Miller/Millefoto

"People are fearful of the unknown, of someone with a different language, a different color, a different culture," Miller says. "And that fear is understandable based on history and circumstance, but it's also got to change."




Credits: millefoto.com



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