#changethestory: A Coalition of Jumpers

“South Africa needs brave men and women, who are all willing to jump to build a better country,” writes Lorenzo Davids. File picture: Nokuthula Mbatha / Independent Media.

While sitting in the sprawling Ga-Mashie township on the outskirts of Accra in Ghana last week I saw once again the familiar tensions between development imperatives necessary to grow an active citizenry and its political masters with their own agendas.

The story of Ga-Mashie is a parallel story to District Six. It is out of Ga-Mashie, the home of the Ga people, that Accra was born. But promises made by both colonisers and current government leaders to develop Ga-Mashie have not materialised and the once proud home of the Ga people has become a modern-day slum like many others across the world.

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