In Hout Bay on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard there are two types of residents: those who want to live in homes built with natural materials, such as wood and stone; and those who have no choice but to live in homes made of wood and stone. This week, the "Sun King" Sol Kerzner, his daughter Andrea Kerzner at his side, launched a new security estate that will feature 48 bespoke homes with en-suite bathrooms for every room, and even catering services. A few kilometres away is Imizamo Yethu where 350 were left destitute when a fire destroyed their shacks on Monday. Last year, 5,000 shacks were burned to the ground. Andrea knows IY — as it is informally known — well. In 2010 she started Lalela, an organisation which provides "educational arts for at-risk youth" in the area, as well as nearby Hangberg. "When we built … our ask from the construction crew was that they employ a certain amount of people from the township and up-skill and train them so that when this job is complete, they hav...

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