South African wealth gap getting wider

- | 4 months ago

Luyanda Hlatshwayo wakes up at 4 a. in the abandoned inner-city school building with shattered windows he calls home.

He stuffs a pair of worker’s gloves in his pocket and rides a warehouse trolley like a giant skateboard to a suburb of South Africa’s economic metropolis, Johannesburg: it’s garbage collection day. The 35-year-old university dropout often makes the eight-kilometre trip on an empty stomach — he can only afford to eat twice a day.

Time is precious because he must salvage as many recyclables as possible — tin cans, plastic bottles, cardboard boxes — before the city garbage trucks arrive.

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