Why South Africa is still so segregated

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How centuries of division built one of the most unequal countries on earth.

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For decades, South Africa was under apartheid: a series of laws that divided people by race. Then, in the 1990s, those laws were dismantled. But many of the barriers they created continue to divide South Africans by skin color - which in turn determines their quality of life, access to jobs, and wealth. Racial division was built into the fabric of cities throughout South Africa, and it still hasn't been uprooted.

That's partly because, while apartheid was the culmination of South Africa's racial divisions, it wasn't the beginning of them. That story starts closer to the 1800s, when the British built a network of railroads that transformed the region's economy into one that excluded most Black people -- and then made that exclusion the law.

Sources and further reading:

If you want to learn more about the railroads and how they impacted Cape Colony’s economy, check out this paper by Johan Fourie and Alonso Herranz Loncan:

To understand segregation in South Africa’s major urban centers, take a look at this paper about segregation and inequality:

For more information on post-Apartheid cities, you can read this paper by Edgar Pieterse (who we feature in the video):

To explore the history and legacy of District Six, visit the District Six Museum website:

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Order & Chaos
Order & Chaos 4 दिन पहले
Do you think the gap between black and white communities in America is smaller?
Patrick C
Patrick C 4 दिन पहले
There are next to no indigenous South Africans...
fanus swarts
fanus swarts 7 दिन पहले
Your info is incorrect !!
Juan Dreyer
Juan Dreyer 10 दिन पहले
Get your facts right your wrong remove this video it's false
murph1329 13 दिन पहले
Using the standards of the USA definition of racism whites can't be racist in south africa. They are the minority and they don't hold power
Panafricain Nkrumah
Panafricain Nkrumah घंटे पहले
South Africa is still so segregated because the end of apartheid was only political and not economical. Mandela and the ANC dropped all the social programs that will have nationalized the mines to improve the lives of the victims of apartheid and settled with only getting the right to vote.
Richard Allen
Richard Allen 3 घंटे पहले
They blame the British, it wasn’t it was the Dutch take over after British left. No mention of the white slums in SA.
ten pin
ten pin 3 घंटे पहले
Africa allow another foreign people,low in numbers to rule you ,you deserve everything to get
Don Tachito
Don Tachito 5 घंटे पहले
In the USA is based in political ideology. Usually blue dots are infested with crime, mediocre schools...
Louis R
Louis R 7 घंटे पहले
People on left: Pay for water Pay for electricity Pay property tax Pay....etc People on right. Pay for what exactly. Your government has your money not the people on the left
Que Anon
Que Anon 8 घंटे पहले
Segregation forever
Anthony Kessey
Anthony Kessey 8 घंटे पहले
This is disgraceful
C&J Başak
C&J Başak 11 घंटे पहले
Carel 13 घंटे पहले
A good video but radically over simplifies the problem. It also neatly skips over the rampant corruption of the ANC government and its failure to bring economic liberation to its voters. The black people of SA are also excused their own lack of endeavour but this could also be a consequence of decades of persecution which is alluded to in the film
Tu Greenaway
Tu Greenaway 14 घंटे पहले
Unite against colonialism
Ken Shackleton
Ken Shackleton 15 घंटे पहले
When the Normans invaded England in 1066, it took centuries for those populations to integrate. These are two European, white, Christian populations and it took them centuries to integrate. Why on earth would anyone expect these even more diverse populations in South Africa to integrate after only a few decades?
xxx 15 घंटे पहले
The ooga booga neighbourhood is so inferior.
karens manager
karens manager 16 घंटे पहले
Oh an America's bad
Robert Murphy
Robert Murphy 16 घंटे पहले
Agenda 21 hattrapworldwide
Mark Lowe
Mark Lowe 18 घंटे पहले
One side of the story. Nothing new from Vox. Question is, if every white person left Africa would it improve?
kg 18 घंटे पहले
You can have rapid growth and industrialization with rising standards of living, or you can have liberal democracy. You can't have both.
vigspark 19 घंटे पहले
All people who’s blaming this video has a picture of white people. 🤢🤢🤢🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮
vigspark 19 घंटे पहले
Wow. It’s disgusting how this still exists in 2020s. Very, disgusting.
Cash Buyer
Cash Buyer 19 घंटे पहले
There's white people in Africa???? MIND BLOWN!
The Band
The Band 20 घंटे पहले
Whites could have carved a homeland but they wanted all of SA instead. Now they are paying for their greed...
Checkma8s 20 घंटे पहले
It happens all around the world we are separated by color race and religion. Here in the Philippines muslims have their own area and Christians have their own too. Its all about respect. But "chaos" cant be avoided it happens all the time. Im just telling the truth.. And from experience
Nick W
Nick W 22 घंटे पहले
Nothing like a foreigner telling folk about SA. Cool revisionist history lesson as well.
ollie-t दिन पहले
If I was a white South African I wouldn’t even consider staying in the country. I’m not surprised so many South Africans come to the UK, it must be an awful place to live
Рамен Крувец
Рамен Крувец दिन पहले
And it is good
Carlos Matute
Carlos Matute दिन पहले
Gotta watch district 9 again.
David Stutz
David Stutz दिन पहले
One area is 83% white while another is 93% black? So, if the cause is pure racism then why isn't one area 100% white with the other 100% black?
Ken Morley
Ken Morley दिन पहले
why is there this insistence on black and white people have to live together!? why!? i LIVE WHERE AND WITH WHOM IM COMFORTABLE. STOP TELLING US THAT WE HAVE TO LIVE TOGETHER. GEEZ
Bill P
Bill P दिन पहले
Colonialism is and was primarily Europe Asia Mongolia Their effort to supplant the African continent for their profit But they primarily blame America Even though so much of Africa is still enslaved by non American countries And and slavery is still practiced in at least three countries within Africa as a regular trade But I digress
Moosa दिन पहले
As a South African I can confirm that the informal settlements have been built on stolen aboriginal indigenous tribal ancestral land of the !Kung/Quena people, these informal settlements are self inflicted, there are also syndicates who go around the country to do land grabs of public and private land. Please can you also do beter research because you never mentioned, The Mission Stations and Communal Reserves Act of 1909. Amazing how the aboriginal indigenous !Kung/Quena ppl have just been forgotten, when you return to South Africa one day go speak to true indigenous people Bantus are colonialist settlers just like the Europeans. There is a darker history of this country that is being hidden. Maybe do a documentary about how the aboriginal indigenous people lost their country, culture language and rights to everything in this country. In those RDP homes many bantu ppl own 10 or more homes in different municipalities renting their properties out having 10 tenants per property at 15k per month x 10= 150k while the indigenous !Kung/Quena suffer. If you guys do video again research is vital.
Rian Amanda
Rian Amanda दिन पहले
income discrepancy?
Gavin Knoesen
Gavin Knoesen दिन पहले
I won't say the colour of your skin decides where you live. It's more your income level. A black millionaire is not living in a shack house. Probably living in a strand house. This is reference to now. In the post 1994, the color of your skin did determine where you lived. This can be seen all over the world.
Mladjo दिन पहले
Why to force people to be mixed? What is a point?
Andreas दिन पहले
Human nature, nothing else. Stop trying to force something that will only create conflicts and bloodbath
Wayne Gittins
Wayne Gittins दिन पहले
Ultimately we don’t want to live together all multi cultural experiments world wide have failed
Midnight Rambler
Midnight Rambler दिन पहले
Uncle tom's cabin
Uncle tom's cabin दिन पहले
Who cares Bob Geldoff solved all this back in the 8O's with live aid.
Tim Clark
Tim Clark दिन पहले
a total distortion, who are these "formally enslaved people" ?
Mar Gon
Mar Gon दिन पहले
Because different cultures don’t really mix well ! Also some people fight to improve their lives and others, expect the government to pay for their good life ! Therein lies the difference between the areas mentioned. No amount of history searchingly and justifying will change facts !
John दिन पहले
VOX is so one-sided
Femme दिन पहले
Let's reverse the situation. Don't think whites would want to migrate to black areas even if there was running water
rudisg72 दिन पहले
Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit have the same vibe
C S दिन पहले
*What do you think is better? Self Segregation or Forced Integration* With self-segregation, do people have the freedom to do what they want?. With forced integration, are people being forced to do something based on the color of their skin?
vigspark 4 घंटे पहले
White person continuously disclaim their inherited privilege from cruel colonialism 🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮
Juan Soto
Juan Soto दिन पहले
It was better before!!!
Ali Est
Ali Est दिन पहले
90% of these black peoples are not South African born. These blacks come from other countries in Africa. Immigrants!!! 50 million of them.
wignersfriend 2
wignersfriend 2 दिन पहले
People want to live around other people like themselves. That's all there is to no matter what the mothering feminists of the west say.
Lee Altman Sr.
Lee Altman Sr. दिन पहले
Very interesting but it seems one sided. 🤔
lumapas 2 दिन पहले
If I were a black guy, I rather live in a white neighborhood 😤
Honza V
Honza V 2 दिन पहले
This is so ignorant…
E B 2 दिन पहले
I can't
E B 2 दिन पहले
Sounds like here in Charlotte NC.
Al McD In Canterbury
Al McD In Canterbury 2 दिन पहले
So very sad, great opportunity to heal history and create harmonious living seems to have lost out to greed. 😔
Theyrek Rnations
Theyrek Rnations 2 दिन पहले
This video leaves a lot of info out that is relevant to paint an accurate picture of SA history and its founding thru today's disastrous government
JSwift 2 दिन पहले
Imagine a country in which black entrepreneurs grow their businesses without the aid of corrupt politicians, locate their business in black communities and hire locals. Over to you, guys.
kg 18 घंटे पहले
This can't happen because these people haven't developed the culture and customs needed to have a high-functioning society. There needs to be a certain level of trust in your neighbors, a sense duty to doing honest work, and an understanding that the you aren't just in it for yourself - petty corruption and self-dealing are counterproductive because it will make everyone poorer in the end. It's a mystery how many generations it will take for these people to develop these basic foundations of a modern society. It may never happen. You can blame colonialism but ultimately the cause doesn't matter if you can't identify the problem and its solution.
Marci Fulghum
Marci Fulghum 2 दिन पहले
Another successful country run by.......
Mister Morne Van der Berg
Mister Morne Van der Berg 2 दिन पहले
It is as incorrect to say white people are the descendants of Dutch people. There were French (protestants) , Portuguese and German people thar emigrated to South Africa over the centuries. Also there are descendants of Polish orphans who were sent here during the World Wars.
MK Yow
MK Yow 2 दिन पहले
I waiting someone is saying "This is CCB fault"..
Davitofrito 2 दिन पहले
It can't be that the ANC is incompetent or corrupt in it's over twenty year one party rule. The south African government blames everything on minority whites and confiscats farmland for inexperienced black farmers. Show poor whites that live in slums or suffer discrimination. Nope. Instead vox shows high end neighborhood that fits their narrative.
Davitofrito 2 दिन पहले
When your a minority, you stick together for protection and sense of belonging. Also violence against minorities is a huge problem in Africa. It's why so many different ethnic groups have fought or been forced out, never mind whites, Arabs or Asians.
kaffi GgHouse
kaffi GgHouse 2 दिन पहले
well this is not the problem of whites,,black have to go to schoools give the maximum and not expect from heaven wonders
Justin Heath
Justin Heath 2 दिन पहले
Because of politicians, the man on the ground is not the problem
Random Zzz
Random Zzz 2 दिन पहले
Can you're African come together and live together as one
Clinton Stephens
Clinton Stephens 2 दिन पहले
27 years of socialism did not fix anything? So why not show on your map where Indians live?
pepe crespo
pepe crespo 2 दिन पहले
european industrial mindset vs tribal culture
John Dsl
John Dsl 2 दिन पहले
How many black billionaires live in SA.. How many blacks are not SA in the black area…
Ash 2 दिन पहले
I was in South Africa for 2 months last year, I felt so strange as I have never seen that kind of silent racism in my life.
Eddie Lawson
Eddie Lawson 20 घंटे पहले
@Ash I also saw a lot of racism in India, its also silent, its called a caste system
Ash दिन पहले
@Eddie Lawson action speaks louder than words!
Eddie Lawson
Eddie Lawson दिन पहले
Silent racism, or your own prejudice? If you cant hear it, then its your own thoughts.
joji 2 दिन पहले
Thats not racism thats about mindset
Tom Shultz
Tom Shultz 2 दिन पहले
That is also the case in American Democrat run cities. Whether its Chicago or Atlanta, the lines between white and black communities are well defined.
Hickers Knives
Hickers Knives 2 दिन पहले
Because of cultural differences
Leb Raa
Leb Raa 2 दिन पहले
Thank you for share with us South African History 🙏🙏🙏🙏Now needed peacefull Country
Rich 2 दिन पहले
Industry and work is a European concept....its cultural.
raysubsonic 2 दिन पहले
Who's here after the riots and looting in 2021? And after the revelations of the $34billion rand missing courtesy of the Zuma Government?
georgewalker03 2 दिन पहले
After thousands of years, nothing much has changed. Those in power will always use the uneducated population for their own political agenda. Once the uneducated realize they have the power things will change. Guess what it won't change, why? because the uneducated are not educated. Keep 60% of the population uneducated you can rule the world, they're so easy to miniplulate. It's been going on for thousands of years.
Dusty Chetty
Dusty Chetty 2 दिन पहले
the ANC had plenty of time, money resources 2 change the plight of the poor, homeless and unemployed. they have looted from every government entity, given bulk of work overseas, brought foreign engineers, doctors, teachers and consultants. 500 billion 4 ppe went astray, asbestos, astina dairy, bosasa, chinese trains, eskom,...millions looted by politicians and their cronies. all this monies could have upgraded the entire population, even an unemployment grant could b offered but monies r looted by a few. lets unite and fight 4 all.
frieswithmayo 2 दिन पहले
Why do rich people live in rich areas, and poor people in poor areas .... in Europe, America, etc. I lived in Africa in a compound for European expats. A very normal situation there, we lived very well, in harmony with locals. Stop trying to push your racialist woke antiwhite ideology, you hate monger.
Angelo Smart
Angelo Smart 2 दिन पहले
How can you say the color of your skin determines where you live? Certain racial groups wants everything for free, hence living in a box on an open field. I don't agree with lots on here!!! SA is 1 messed up Jungle...
tinus bezuidenhout
tinus bezuidenhout 2 दिन पहले
If you have done your reasurch properly. You would have stated that the "white" laws were actually under British rule. But hey, just push the blame like everyone else on the "whites" apartheid was a British brain child and pushed by the British colony!
Oscar k
Oscar k 2 दिन पहले
Like palestine
Marc de Vries
Marc de Vries 2 दिन पहले
Maybe the white people just work harder
Destry 2 दिन पहले
SA is not the homeland for hutus, bantus, and zulus . . .
Nunyabiz 3 दिन पहले
Sounds like a good place to live.
The Autodidact
The Autodidact 3 दिन पहले
Is it really the "color of your skin" that determines things... or the CULTURE.
Joey Cool
Joey Cool दिन पहले
@Hjjhhjj Gtgghgth black Africans segregate themselves from other black Africans all over the continent.
Andreas दिन पहले
@Hjjhhjj Gtgghgth bro... I studied psychology. Intelligence is the real thing and can be measured. There are few fields of Intelligence and on IQ tests they are all measured except if you are taking IQ test designed for a specific field. Some individual are objectively smarter than others, some groups of people are on average smarter than others. Intelligence is a huge determiner of success. Face reality, world is not butterflies and rainbows.
Hjjhhjj Gtgghgth
Hjjhhjj Gtgghgth दिन पहले
@Andreas IQ points are a social construct that we're made by white racist men to excuse rascism please research something if you are going to bring it up
Andreas दिन पहले
Culture doesn't determine iq for much points... And culture is connected with race
The Autodidact
The Autodidact 2 दिन पहले
@Hjjhhjj Gtgghgth me = skin color doesn't matter. you = throws the race card. world = lolz.
lol lol
lol lol 3 दिन पहले
Why are the comments being deleted.
Sharon ODonnell
Sharon ODonnell 3 दिन पहले
After the looting murders and riots . Set up a perimeter .with well Armed Guards . Good Luck. The new Zimbabwe .
Cool story bruh
Cool story bruh 3 दिन पहले
Only if you have spent a long time in South Africa will you will understand why most of the blacks in SA are unable to lift themselves up from poverty. Hint: its not racism.
Christina M
Christina M 2 दिन पहले
Racism has long term effects. So yes racism is a factor.
franco di Siena
franco di Siena 3 दिन पहले
Ignorance of political propagaganda
Graeme Wilson
Graeme Wilson 3 दिन पहले
Like so many reports that come from people who do not live in the area they claim to understand, this one is not accurate. It is not primarily colour that divides SA it is Language, traditions/culture and tribal ethnic factors. Wealth is not primarily in the hands of whites - that is false - but poverty is decidedly majority black. Not just because blacks are in the majority but more so because, since 1994, the still ruling ANC have presided over and done nothing to address growing unemployment and falling standards of education.
Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin 3 दिन पहले
Economic apartheid occurs all over the world. Work hard, earn money and buy property wherever u want. Residential apartheid protects people from looters and rioters.
Gianfranco Benetti-Longhini
Gianfranco Benetti-Longhini 3 दिन पहले
Even near the "more affluent" of any nation, there are areas that the poor migrate to, so in South Africa, the "non-whites" have come as close to the more wealthy so as to have employment. This is normal in any society, thus I suggest that one should read the book by "Thomas Sowell" the Afro-American Economist, entitled "Wealth, Poverty and Politics", also available as an Audio-Book on INcds , that explains the reasons for differences of living standards. It is presentations like this that mislead people, and I recommend to see "Why is Africa Still So Poor" on INcds. Why do so many Africans (that are very poor) from other African States try to go to South Africa?
CJ ELS 3 दिन पहले
This is a very poor researched documentary. Nonsence like this will further devide a country that is struggling to unite . Absolutely onesided . how does this even get on air ??
Terence Dhlamini
Terence Dhlamini 3 दिन पहले
You can't have laws and policies for people to hate each other, such as marriage act, land areas act, group areas act. And than expect them to somehow get along, and live together. You need to have policies and laws to force integration.
Terence Dhlamini
Terence Dhlamini 3 दिन पहले
@Gabriel Nguyen Give me a case study of any country where a legal integration leading to more violence. Infact prescribed integration with a history or racial/ethnic segregation has seen positive national building eg New Zealand and Australia with the Maori and Aborigines. You've changed our human nature with racial programs now all of a sudden you expect people to find a way to each other
Gabriel Nguyen
Gabriel Nguyen 3 दिन पहले
doesnt forced integration cause more violence?
Jet D
Jet D 3 दिन पहले
Visited ZA. Probably the worst place I can think of. Hateful, racist, violent, poor and getting worse. People just massacre each other.
Kieran Christian
Kieran Christian 3 दिन पहले
why is there no mention of the mass exodus of white peeps that get killd every day on the more rural places of SA. and that the govment is mostly black and keep power by them self my dad is from cape town he is white but grew up quite poor so its not all whits that where rich the problems in SA are bigger then in thsi vid dont forget this is like the USA for afrika a lot come too SA to seek a better life corruption is the way of afrika everywhere in the continent
Jethro Howell
Jethro Howell 3 दिन पहले
This has to be one of the most misinformed and inacurate videos about SA. Someone needs to go do their homework.
Gitn2it 3 दिन पहले
People tend to be tribalistic in nature, that is wanting to live among others who tend to look and think like them and wanting to be in familiar and uncomplicated surroundings. I don't think that the focus on race as a primary characteristic is a good idea. In order to achieve more peace and harmony, I believe we must strive to become a more color blind society.
Kevin Wasilewski
Kevin Wasilewski 3 दिन पहले
Boy, it sounds like people of African origin have no control or agency in their lives across the entire planet. Well, at least wherever they are in complete control is a thriving, clean advanced country. There was a time, before me discovery of diamonds that they probably were no Europeans in that area. Vox Makes it sound as if 10 million Europeans arrived in South Africa on the same day and just took the country over.
Daniel Botwood
Daniel Botwood 3 दिन पहले
Yes, this is why education is so important. The ANC after thirty years of rule have not been able to do much except line their own pockets.
Paul Jansen
Paul Jansen दिन पहले
Can we also compare the contribution to South Africa? I'm pretty sure one side adds to the economy while the other side drains it. Also all the services you mentioned are paid for over and above the high tax levels
phom grh
phom grh 3 दिन पहले
Because the white and Asians work, the blacks are not interested.
oukkat 2 दिन पहले
Woah, thats just blatant racism
allmotorhash 4 दिन पहले
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