Hein Kaiser
6 minute read
7 Jun 2021
10:53 am

Residents of Kempton Park shantytown count their blessings

Hein Kaiser

Bredell in Kempton Park is home to a few hundred families that live from hand to mouth and many times, get into a cold bed, hungry.

Bredell informal settlement resident Nina van der Merwe says she is blessed to be living there. Photo: Hein Kaiser

In-between urban smallholdings and large homes lies a few hidden secrets. There are entire communities of less fortunate people living in organised, almost feudal-like communities just outside of street view. Bredell in Kempton Park is home to a few hundred families, scattered between shelters and shantytowns, that live from hand to mouth and many times, get into a cold bed, hungry. Yet many are okay with their plight, grateful just to have some kind of roof over their heads. “I am really blessed to be here,” says sixty-something ‘tannie’ Nina van der Merwe, who has been a resident at ‘Lulu’s’...