As a teenager watching the unfolding of the reconstruction and development programme (RDP), I asked myself just how making townships bigger could be a panacea for one of the biggest structural flaws in the economy - the distance between the townships and centres of work.

It made no sense when I considered the transport costs the ordinary person faces to get to Sandton, for example. Some 70% of South Africans still use taxis as a daily mode of transport.

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