Although "white poverty" in South Africa is not a new phenomenon, according some reports it is an increasing one in recent years, especially since the end of apartheid, due to the Black Economic Empowerment policy implemented but the ANC government that tries to increase opportunities for South Africans who were disadvantaged during Apartheid rule. Ten percent of whites in South Africa are estimated to be living below the poverty line. This represents approximately 450,000 people, a figure which fades in significance, when compared with the number of impoverished black people (estimated to be around eight million).
Die Veld (The Field)
This is a story about Die Veld and in particular about four individuals and their families: Bridgette, Vessels, Jaques and Shantel. Die Veld is an informal settlement, located in a hidden corner of Cape Town, South Africa. It is home to a handful of impoverished families, predominantly white, who live in 14 crowded shacks. Most of its inhabitants are unemployed. When one manages to get a job, it is usually temporary and in precarious working conditions. Most children living in Die Veld do not attend school. Arguments between the men and their partners are common, mainly due to alcohol and other drugs such as tik (methamphetamine). The settlement has no electricity and only one water point. There are four mobile toilets, of which sanitary conditions leave much to be desired, as they are emptied only once a week. Although many of the inhabitants of Die Veld don't like black people, most do not blame the ANC government for their situation but rather themselves and their past. Since 2008 the provincial government tried to evict the community of Die Veld in a long process that has taken them to the High Court of South Africa.