Morning Live’s Leanne Mana is in Gugulethu just outside of Cape Town. The name is a contraction of Igugu Lethu, which is Xhosa for ‘Our Pride’. The township was established in 1958 and was originally named Nyanga West.
‘Gugs’, as Gugulethu is often called, was established to accommodate the many migrant workers who moved to Cape Town from rural Transkei or the homelands in the Eastern Cape province. The township also absorbed some of the inhabitants of Langa when it became overcrowded, having been the only black residential area for Cape Town at the time.
The township’s population has grown significantly over the years and today this community are still facing many challenges that organizations like the Gugulethu development forum are trying address.
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