Urban poverty in South Africa is concentrated in three informal housing typologies: 1) old townships of apartheid segregationist planning; 2) various inner-city areas with combinations of run-down housing, over-crowding and poor services; and 3) informal settlements which have emerged from land invasions.
In Marlboro, situated in the Sandton suburb in the City of Johannesburg, the combination of inner-city informality and in-migration from formal townships have rendered a unique situation. Marlboro is divided in 2 zones: Marlboro Gardens, a residential township, and Marlboro Industrial Area, where people have occupied abandoned factories. The area has faced constant eviction threats, even though the occupants have informal leases with the structure owners (who does not cooperate).
In October 2011, ISN started a process of enumeration. This is their story.
Music: Umoya by Skwatta Kamp