Cape Flats – For years, Cape Flats in southeast Cape Town was known as "apartheid's dumping ground." Now, 21 years into democracy, social entrepreneurs are working to turn the townships around.
Department of Coffee – Department of Coffee, which opened in Khayelitsha in 2012, was the township's first artisan-style coffee shop. The cafe is the brainchild of friends Wongama Baleni, Vusumzi Mamile and Vuyile Msaku.
Espinaca Innovations – Lufefe Nomjana started his bakery business Espinaca Innovations with just R40 (less than $3) to his name. Now his expansion plans include a cafe and deli to capitalize on the growing tourism market.
Rands – Rands is a hip open-air party spot which opened on Monza Street, Khayelitsha, in August. Owner Mfundo Mbeki says business is booming.
Partying at Rands – "We've seen a lot of people who don't live in Khayelitsha coming here. Khayelitsha has a lot to offer in terms of bringing tourism. There is a lot that we can do here," says Mbeki.
Langa Quarter – Langa is the city's oldest township. Tony Elvin, the man behind the Langa Quarter, says "the idea is to create an aspirational, cool place" where tourists and Capetonians can go "not just for a history lesson, but to listen to some great jazz, chill out and have a good time."
Theater in the Yard – Using a similar concept to Jazz in the Native Yards, in neighboring Nyanga theater producer Mhlanguli George has taken his raw, visceral and interactive theater installations and their audiences away from mainstream theater spaces and into his own township backyard.
Enkanini – Enkanini is Cape Town's largest informal settlement. The lack of basic amenities contrasts with the natural bounty of the fertile rolling hills of the Cape Winelands.
Shack Fusion Kitchen – In Enkanini, professional chef Yondela Tyawa's Shack Fusion Kitchen is challenging preconceptions about what visitors can expect to find in townships.
Anathi's artwork – Tyawa treats guests to hearty township recipes fused with contemporary fine dining flair and presentation. Tyawa's brother Anathi's artworks adorn the shack walls.