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Wednesday, 27 January 2016 00:00

Cape Flats: New hope in 'apartheid's dumping ground'

(CNN) Lookout Hill is the highest point of the aptly named Cape Flats.

Though it's little more than a small sand dune, the panoramic views from the wooden platform at the top stretch right across Khayelitsha, Cape Town's biggest township -- home to anywhere between 300,000 and three million people, depending on who you ask.

During South Africa's apartheid regime, Khayelitsha and the rest of the township "ghettos" that comprise the Cape Flats became known as "apartheid's dumping ground" for people of color.

Even today, 21 years into democracy, the stories usually told of these neighborhoods speak of poverty, rampant crime and socioeconomic marginalization from the city center and its leafy (and predominantly white) suburbs.

Lookout Hill; Cnr Mew Way & Spine Road, Ilitha Park, Khayelitsha, Cape Town; +27 (0)21 361 7098

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