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Slumsy Johannesburga (29)

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JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 31, 2011 Thirty eight year old Simluko Mbanywa plays guitar at home in Slovo Part, Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 26, 2011. Two years ago, his brother bought him an old guitar with 300 rands. He has been dreamed of being a guitarist ever since. More than 8,000,000 South Africans live in shanty towns. Outside Johannesburg, there are dozens of shanty towns where residents struggle to make their ends meet. Life is hard though, hope is still alive. People strive not only for surviving but also for their dreams. (/Fei Maohua)(axy)
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JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 31, 2011 Fifty four year old Pascalina Makhanya poses in her small garden in Slovo Part of Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 26, 2011. She's an immigrant from Lesotho. She wishes to have a big house with a garden. More than 8,000,000 South Africans live in shanty towns. Outside Johannesburg, there are dozens of shanty towns where residents struggle to make their ends meet. Life is hard though, hope is still alive. People strive not only for surviving but also for their dreams. (/Fei Maohua)(axy)
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JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 31, 2011 Thembeka Tanese carries her baby with color mine lotion on her face at Thembelihle informal settlement, Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 25, 2011. Having beautiful skin is all she dreams of. More than 8,000,000 South Africans live in shanty towns. Outside Johannesburg, there are dozens of shanty towns where residents struggle to make their ends meet. Life is hard though, hope is still alive. People strive not only for surviving but also for their dreams. (/Fei Maohua)(axy)
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JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 31, 2011 Nineteen year old Maria Masinga makes hair extension for Bhekugula Mafu in her hair saloon reconstructed from her shack in Slovo Part of Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 26, 2011. She dreams of a decent hair saloon in the city. More than 8,000,000 South Africans live in shanty towns. Outside Johannesburg, there are dozens of shanty towns where residents struggle to make their ends meet. Life is hard though, hope is still alive. People strive not only for surviving but also for their dreams. (/Fei Maohua)(axy)
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JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 31, 2011 Five year old Thinkwell Ndebele holds his treasure, a discarded keyboard in Ramseg informal settlement, Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 24, 2011. He wishes to be a computer engineer. More than 8,000,000 South Africans live in shanty towns. Outside Johannesburg, there are dozens of shanty towns where residents struggle to make their ends meet. Life is hard though, hope is still alive. People strive not only for surviving but also for their dreams. (/Fei Maohua)(axy)
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JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 31, 2011 Gewula Malema sings a folk song of the Sothos in Ramseg informal settlement in Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 24, 2011. His dream is to become a folk star of Sotho. More than 8,000,000 South Africans live in shanty towns. Outside Johannesburg, there are dozens of shanty towns where residents struggle to make their ends meet. Life is hard though, hope is still alive. People strive not only for surviving but also for their dreams. (/Fei Maohua)(axy)
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JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 31, 2011 Ten year old Sesethu Ngcinasee plays a ball with a big whole at Motswaledi informal settlement of Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 24, 2011. His dream is to become a soccer player. More than 8,000,000 South Africans live in shanty towns. Outside Johannesburg, there are dozens of shanty towns where residents struggle to make their ends meet. Life is hard though, hope is still alive. People strive not only for surviving but also for their dreams. (/Fei Maohua)(axy)
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JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 31, 2011 Tebogo Mude plays an old accordion with loose keys for the dancing residents in Mritini informal settlement, Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 25, 2011. Tebogo Mude runs a small recreation room. He wishes to bring joy to residents in this little village. More than 8,000,000 South Africans live in shanty towns. Outside Johannesburg, there are dozens of shanty towns where residents struggle to make their ends meet. Life is hard though, hope is still alive. People strive not only for surviving but also for their dreams. (/Fei Maohua)(axy)
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JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 31, 2011 Zinhle Kunene bounces on an old trampoline in her yard in Orange Farm Extension 6A informal settlement, Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 25, 2011. She wishes to be a sportswoman. More than 8,000,000 South Africans live in shanty towns. Outside Johannesburg, there are dozens of shanty towns where residents struggle to make their ends meet. Life is hard though, hope is still alive. People strive not only for surviving but also for their dreams. (/Fei Maohua)(axy)
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JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 31, 2011 The sun sank to rest behind the shanty town of Diepsloot settlement in Johannesburg, Aug. 27, 2011. More than 8,000,000 South Africans live in shanty towns. Outside Johannesburg, there are dozens of shanty towns where residents struggle to make their ends meet. Life is hard though, hope is still alive. People strive not only for surviving but also for their dreams. (/Fei Maohua)(axy)
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JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 31, 2011 Jack Lebona practises boxing in his yard at Thembelihle informal settlement, Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 25, 2011. 33 year old Jack dreams of becoming a boxing star. He practises a lot everyday. More than 8,000,000 South Africans live in shanty towns. Outside Johannesburg, there are dozens of shanty towns where residents struggle to make their ends meet. Life is hard though, hope is still alive. People strive not only for surviving but also for their dreams. (/Fei Maohua)(axy)
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JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 31, 2011 Thirty two year old Mutewo Nyamane plays accordion at home in the morning at Ramseg informal settlement, Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 27, 2011. One year ago, Mutewo Nyamane got his accordion and set up a band with eight friends. He dreams of making a record of his own. More than 8,000,000 South Africans live in shanty towns. Outside Johannesburg, there are dozens of shanty towns where residents struggle to make their ends meet. Life is hard though, hope is still alive. People strive not only for surviving but also for their dreams. (/Fei Maohua)(axy)
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(110831) -- JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 31, 2011 () -- Jmashudu Mmnkheru stands in front of his sheet iron house at the Thembelihle Informal settlement, Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 25, 2011. One of the most common landscapes in Johannesburg and even the whole South Africa is slum, some of which stretche for miles and are populated with hundreds and thousands of people. For most of the inhabitants, their houses are made from scrap materials such as wooden stakes or corrugated metal. Although living in a shanty town, poverty cannot stop their pursuit for beauty, nor ruin their impulse in life. Therefore, they find a way to express their love for life, to painting on the iron sheet house.(/Fei Maohua) (msq)
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(110831) -- JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 31, 2011 () -- Amos Mkhuma and his girls stand in front of their sheet iron house at the Sweet Water Informal settlement, Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 25, 2011. One of the most common landscapes in Johannesburg and even the whole South Africa is slum, some of which stretche for miles and are populated with hundreds and thousands of people. For most of the inhabitants, their houses are made from scrap materials such as wooden stakes or corrugated metal. Although living in a shanty town, poverty cannot stop their pursuit for beauty, nor ruin their impulse in life. Therefore, they find a way to express their love for life, to painting on the iron sheet house.(/Fei Maohua) (msq)
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(110831) -- JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 31, 2011 () -- John Kwata stands in front of his sheet iron house at the Thembelihle Informal settlement, Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 25, 2011. One of the most common landscapes in Johannesburg and even the whole South Africa is slum, some of which stretch for miles and are populated with hundreds and thousands of people. For most of the inhabitants, their houses are made from scrap materials such as wooden stakes or corrugated metal. Although living in a shanty town, poverty cannot stop their pursuit for beauty, nor ruin their impulse in life. Therefore, they find a way to express their love for life, to painting on the iron sheet house.(/Fei Maohua) (msq)
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(110831) -- JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 31, 2011 () -- Getrude Abrahams stands in front of her sheet iron house at the Mritini Informal settlement, Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 25, 2011. One of the most common landscapes in Johannesburg and even the whole South Africa is slum, some of which stretche for miles and are populated with hundreds and thousands of people. For most of the inhabitants, their houses are made from scrap materials such as wooden stakes or corrugated metal. Although living in a shanty town, poverty cannot stop their pursuit for beauty, nor ruin their impulse in life. Therefore, they find a way to express their love for life, to painting on the iron sheet house.(/Fei Maohua) (msq)
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(110831) -- JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 31, 2011 () -- Pamela Nudwana and her children stand in front of their sheet iron house at the Motswaledi Informal settlement in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 24, 2011. One of the most common landscapes in Johannesburg and even the whole South Africa is slum, some of which stretche for miles and are populated with hundreds and thousands of people. For most of the inhabitants, their houses are made from scrap materials such as wooden stakes or corrugated metal. Although living in a shanty town, poverty cannot stop their pursuit for beauty, nor ruin their impulse in life. Therefore, they find a way to express their love for life, to painting on the iron sheet house.(/Fei Maohua) (msq)
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(110831) -- JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 31, 2011 () -- Ntombi Ngcobo and her daughters sit in front of their sheet iron house at the Motswaledi Informal settlement in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 24, 2011. One of the most common landscapes in Johannesburg and even the whole South Africa is slum, some of which stretche for miles and are populated with hundreds and thousands of people. For most of the inhabitants, their houses are made from scrap materials such as wooden stakes or corrugated metal. Although living in a shanty town, poverty cannot stop their pursuit for beauty, nor ruin their impulse in life. Therefore, they find a way to express their love for life, to painting on the iron sheet house.(/Fei Maohua) (msq)
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(110831) -- JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 31, 2011 () -- Thandi Madlanke stands in front of her sheet iron house at the Ramseg Informal settlement at the Motswaledi Informal settlement in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 24, 2011. One of the most common landscapes in Johannesburg and even the whole South Africa is slum, some of which stretche for miles and are populated with hundreds and thousands of people. For most of the inhabitants, their houses are made from scrap materials such as wooden stakes or corrugated metal. Although living in a shanty town, poverty cannot stop their pursuit for beauty, nor ruin their impulse in life. Therefore, they find a way to express their love for life, to painting on the iron sheet house. (/Fei Maohua) (msq)
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JOHANNESBURG , Sept. 01, 2011 4 year old Fuwdo chews a plastic straw he found in trash in Slovo Part of Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 26, 2011. Children in the shanty towns don't have fancy toys like transformers, barbies or remote control airplanes, but they have a lot of fun playing with a piece of wire, a ball, a discarded circuit board or even a piece of paper. These so called toys bring happiness to the children, though heart breaking it may seem to others. (/Fei Maohua) (xhn)
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JOHANNESBURG , Sept. 01, 2011 4 year old Pulani Lithabeng and Katlego Mthombeni shows off a beautifully printed package paper in Sweet Water Informal Settlement in Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 25, 2011. Children in the shanty towns don't have fancy toys like transformers, barbies or remote control airplanes, but they have a lot of fun playing with a piece of wire, a ball, a discarded circuit board or even a piece of paper. These so called toys bring happiness to the children, though heart breaking it may seem to others. (/Fei Maohua) (xhn)
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JOHANNESBURG , Sept. 01, 2011 10 year old Sesethu Ngcinasee holds a discarded soccer as toy in Motswaledi Informal settlement of Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 24, 2011. Children in the shanty towns don't have fancy toys like transformers, barbies or remote control airplanes, but they have a lot of fun playing with a piece of wire, a ball, a discarded circuit board or even a piece of paper. These so called toys bring happiness to the children, though heart breaking it may seem to others. (/Fei Maohua) (xhn)
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JOHANNESBURG , Sept. 01, 2011 4 year old Sesethu Amanda Yutwana(L) and Nunu Shubi pose with their new toys they just found, a broken toy vehicle and a plastic spoon, in Motswaledi Informal settlement of Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 24, 2011. Children in the shanty towns don't have fancy toys like transformers, barbies or remote control airplanes, but they have a lot of fun playing with a piece of wire, a ball, a discarded circuit board or even a piece of paper. These so called toys bring happiness to the children, though heart breaking it may seem to others. (/Fei Maohua) (xhn)
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JOHANNESBURG , Sept. 01, 2011 4 year old Nhlanhla enjoys his swing made from the rubber skin of a piece of cable, in Motswaledi Informal settlement of Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 25, 2011. Children in the shanty towns don't have fancy toys like transformers, barbies or remote control airplanes, but they have a lot of fun playing with a piece of wire, a ball, a discarded circuit board or even a piece of paper. These so called toys bring happiness to the children, though heart breaking it may seem to others. (/Fei Maohua) (xhn)
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JOHANNESBURG , Sept. 01, 2011 4 year old Pulani Lithabeng and Katlego Mthombeni shows off a beautifully printed package paper in Sweet Water Informal Settlement in Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 25, 2011. Children in the shanty towns don't have fancy toys like transformers, barbies or remote control airplanes, but they have a lot of fun playing with a piece of wire, a ball, a discarded circuit board or even a piece of paper. These so called toys bring happiness to the children, though heart breaking it may seem to others. (/Fei Maohua) (xhn)
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JOHANNESBURG , Sept. 01, 2011 1 year old Phelo holds his toy, a wine bottle, in Thembelihle Informal Settlement, Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 25, 2011. Children in the shanty towns don't have fancy toys like transformers, barbies or remote control airplanes, but they have a lot of fun playing with a piece of wire, a ball, a discarded circuit board or even a piece of paper. These so called toys bring happiness to the children, though heart breaking it may seem to others. (/Fei Maohua) (xhn)
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JOHANNESBURG , Sept. 01, 2011 5 year old Phelokazi Zimkita holds two bottle caps as toys in hands in Motswaledi Informal settlement of Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 24, 2011. Children in the shanty towns don't have fancy toys like transformers, barbies or remote control airplanes, but they have a lot of fun playing with a piece of wire, a ball, a discarded circuit board or even a piece of paper. These so called toys bring happiness to the children, though heart breaking it may seem to others. (/Fei Maohua) (xhn)
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JOHANNESBURG , Sept. 01, 2011 5 year old Phelo poses with a cover plate of an electric equipment he just found in trash, in Motswaledi Informal settlement of Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 24, 2011. Children in the shanty towns don't have fancy toys like transformers, barbies or remote control airplanes, but they have a lot of fun playing with a piece of wire, a ball, a discarded circuit board or even a piece of paper. These so called toys bring happiness to the children, though heart breaking it may seem to others. (/Fei Maohua) (xhn)
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JOHANNESBURG , Sept. 01, 2011 5 year old Phelo poses with a cover plate of an electric equipment he found in trash, in Motswaledi Informal settlement of Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 24, 2011. Children in the shanty towns don't have fancy toys like transformers, barbies or remote control airplanes, but they have a lot of fun playing with a piece of wire, a ball, a discarded circuit board or even a piece of paper. These so called toys bring happiness to the children, though heart breaking it may seem to others. (/Fei Maohua) (xhn)