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Fake Slums for Wealthy Tourists

Jul. 22, 2014By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio

There is news out of South Africa where the people at Emoya Lukury Hotel and Spa have built a fake shanty town so that guests can "experience" what it is like to stay in a slum over night.  Siji Jabbar notes some of the problems people experience living in slums:

  • Overcrowding - shanty towns tend to have a population density.
  • Fires - fires can spread quickly in shanty towns, and shacks burn very quickly.
  • Overpopulation - resources insufficient to support the population.
  • High competition for jobs, because they’re in short supply
  • Disease - poor sanitation and limited health care can lead to the spread of disease.
  • Infrastructure - services are poor, public transport is limited and connections to the electricity supply can be limited and sometimes dangerous.

The hotel offers:

  • Under floor heating                
  • Electrical geysers                    
  • Donkey geysers
  • Braai facilities on request       
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Long-drop effect toilets 
  • Electricity
  • And of course, Wi-fi 

Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International.  As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter

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