We seem to have had a week of South African posts. We had a South African braai, reviewed a new South African cookbook and we had a typically South African Monday Munchie. So it seems only fitting that we did a South African art project. Se7en created a township:
Townships in South Africa are huge sprawling shanty towns closely packed with corrugated iron shacks. They can be an extremely difficult environment to live in. Apart from overcrowding and the associated problems, many people are without access to clean water and electricity and many homes are not at all weatherproof. Because the shacks are made from materials that are found lying around every single shack is unique.
Turns out this post is #600 so I have a little GiveAway for you: It is a picture book called: “Shacks, Shelters and Shanty Towns in South Africa.” If you would like to win this little book just comment on this post before the end of next Friday (14 November 2009) and we will randomly choose a winner. Our GiveAways are open to everyone: If you have won a GiveAway before never fear – enter away. If you live on the far side of the world – enter away. (I won’t respond to your comments as I do on our other posts because I don’t want to be included in our own giveaway.)
So here are our se7en steps to building a township:
Step 1: We gathered some cards and paper.
Step 2: We cut and glued and made little shacks.
Step 3: Millions and billions of little shacks:
Within a sprawling township it is often hard to get to a local store for anything and so arose the need for local SPAZA Shops. A SPAZA is a shop, usually within someone’s home, were you can buy a few basic products.
Step 4: Back to the project: Our township needed some people. We made some styrofoam stamps:
Step 5: We gathered lots of advertisement fillers from the newspaper. We did a lot of snipping out of local products.
Step 6: And more cutting and sticking…
Step 7: We stuck some more and embellished a whole lot more.
And we were done…
That’s it – Have a Great Weekend! And don’t forget to leave a comment!!!