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"[Skin] color gets darker the further away you are" from the town center, said Lindiwe, a middle-aged squatter explaining how land distribution in South Africa has barely changed since apartheid. Since last July she has been squatting in a rundown building in central Cape Town, a well-off and largely white tourist area.Lindiwe has a seasonal job renting out parasols but receives some money from her employed eldest children.She once rented a home complete with functioning utilities in Gugulethu, a township some 20 kilometers from Cape Town.After that, my head was not right," Nomhle said as she washed her clothes in the communal bathroom under fading light.All the rooms in the squat were taken when she arrived in Sea Point. South Africa has built more than 4 million social homes for the nation's poor since 1994, one of the world's most ambitious construction efforts.Another issue facing the city has been resettling poor black and mixed-race residents in new homes far from the city center as gentrification accelerates.Indeed the city has so far contributed to the construction of more than 4,000 social homes in some 11 city center developments.
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