Post-Apartheid Fires Rage
Rollins School of Public Health
The informal settlements that lay on the outskirts of the township represent the families who have been pushed out of their land and await government-allocated RDP housing. Inside the homes, electricity is available, but with such precarious living conditions and overcrowding, shack fires are a high risk. Families collectively tear down shacks in the trail of fires to ensure that the fire would not spread to the other homes, given the extreme proximity in the settlements. This illustration, of families coming together to tear down something so personal in order to help the greater community is ironically anti-symbolic of what the government is doing for its black citizens. The government has not been there to help prevent, stop, or eliminate the fires that rage in its sociopolitical-economic landscape post-apartheid. So communities are tasked with waiting for promises to be fulfilled, in hopes of a better future for their children.