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South Africa: Township reports



Map showing Port Elizabeth and nearby townships

Known as the Friendly City, Port Elizabeth is South Africa's sixth largest city. It is part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, one of the poorest in South Africa.

The city has several townships, including one of the country's oldest - New Brighton, which was set up in 1903.

Other PE townships include Zwide, Motherwell and Kwazakhele, a Xhosa word which means "build it yourself", and there are also informal settlements such as Joe Slovo, named after one of the founders of Umkhonto We Sizwe.

People in the townships face familiar challenges in the form of poverty, unemployment and service delivery, and about 30% of people living in them have HIV/Aids.



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