The Makhanda Miracle A South African Partnership Across Racial Lines

There is hardly a country in the world that is as deeply divided as South Africa. But in the town of Makhanda, blacks and whites have joined forces in an effort to throw out the city's corrupt administration. They could change the country if they succeed.
By Heiner Hoffmann in Makhanda, South Africa
Ayanda Kota, Tim Bull and Daphne Timms have joined forces to demand accountability from their city's government.

Ayanda Kota, Tim Bull and Daphne Timms have joined forces to demand accountability from their city's government.

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The view from the township across to the wealthy side of town. On top of the hill is the Settler's Monument, built in 1820.

The view from the township across to the wealthy side of town. On top of the hill is the Settler's Monument, built in 1820.

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Daphne Timms is a real-estate agent, but she is losing clients because of the administrative problems in the city.

Daphne Timms is a real-estate agent, but she is losing clients because of the administrative problems in the city.

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Ayanda Kota and his Unemployed People's Movement

Ayanda Kota and his Unemployed People's Movement

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Nox has just filled her buckets at the water truck. She used to have running water in her home, and a job. Today, she has neither.

Nox has just filled her buckets at the water truck. She used to have running water in her home, and a job. Today, she has neither.

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Makhanda Mayor Mzukisi Mpahlwa: "There must be consequences."

Makhanda Mayor Mzukisi Mpahlwa: "There must be consequences."

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Human excrement is floating in this family's yard, but nobody has repaired the damaged sewage system.

Human excrement is floating in this family's yard, but nobody has repaired the damaged sewage system.

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Rebone Tau used to be active in leading ANC positions, but today she works for the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and supports Makhanda residents in their fight against corruption.

Rebone Tau used to be active in leading ANC positions, but today she works for the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and supports Makhanda residents in their fight against corruption.

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Lining up for unemployment benefits is a monthly ritual in Makhanda.

Lining up for unemployment benefits is a monthly ritual in Makhanda.

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Tim Bull used to be a policeman in London. Today, he heads up the Makhanda Residents Association.

Tim Bull used to be a policeman in London. Today, he heads up the Makhanda Residents Association.

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The Broken City of Makhanda
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The Broken City of Makhanda

They haven't lost their sense of humor. Here, Eugene Ripenz is standing in front of his bar, The Pothole and Donkey.

They haven't lost their sense of humor. Here, Eugene Ripenz is standing in front of his bar, The Pothole and Donkey.

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