Khayalitsha ( engl. New homeland) is situated on the outskirts of Cape Town
on the Cape Flats and has become, with an estimated population of 1 500 000
people , one of the biggest Townships in South Africa.
Townships were developed during South Africa’s Apartheid era to create race
division amongst the population and to keep the blacks out of the white residential
areas. Often physical barriers like Industrial zones or vacant grounds were used as
a dividing corridor for black and white South Africans.
The so called “Shacks“ build in random order from corrugated sheets , cardboard
and wood are the predominant form of Housing in the Townships.
Life in Khaylitsha is all but easy. The Crime rate is extremely high and the people face poverty , hunger and diseases. Despite the poor living conditions, life in the township is often full of laughter and happiness.
In his exhibition “aimed faces”, Tomas illustrates the true nature and emotions of the people and their lives in Khayalitsha .