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Last night, volunteers enjoyed a traditional South African meal in Khayelitsha, a township on the Cape flats of Cape Town. Khayelitsha, ‘New Home’ in Xhosa, is South Africa’s fastest growing township. We took a mini-bus taxi to Khayelitsha, and drove through the largely informal settlement to Nontsasa’s shack, where she’s been living for 10 years. She works with orphaned and underprivileged children, as well as with child headed families – due to the many deaths of young adults from HIV and AIDS, many children have been orphaned, leaving the eldest child to care for their siblings.
Nontsasa and her friend cooked an amazing meal for us – we had umngqusho, made from samp (corn) and beans, chicken, various vegetables, rice, samanzi (steamed bread) and Xhosa style doughnuts. After the meal, we took a stroll down the road, and went to a shebeen – an informal bar. It was a small shack made from corrugated iron, with a few benches and chairs. We listened to kwaito music and chatted with some of the locals. It was a lovely ending to a fantastic evening!