The townships Khayelitsha is Cape Town’s largest township, founded in 1985, with an estimated population of over 391, 749 and a 90.5% black African population, with Xhosa being the predominant language of the residents. In the year 2011 62% of the residents were rural to urban migrants most coming from the Eastern Cape. More than half of Cape Town’s unemployed live in Khayelitsha.
Philippi was formed in the 1980’s at more or less the same time as Khayelitsha. During the apartheid it was a battleground, and today it faces huge challenges like poverty, unemployment, overcrowding and susceptibility to fire and flooding. Historically Philippi was called Die Duine as it was predominantly used for grazing for farms in the area. Today it is home to small scale farms that produce 80 percent of Cape Town’s vegetables, despite the immense residential growth and the pressure for space.
In search of opportunity The Eastern Cape is a province of South Africa with its two largest cities being Port Elizabeth and East London it is still one of the poorest provinces in terms of infrastructure, poverty, employment opportunities, education, sanitation, roads, and access to basic human needs. The province has four main universities namely; Rhodes University, The Walter Susulu University, Forthare University and Nelson Mandela University and all these universities are unable to accommodate the province's matriculants due to limited certificates offered by the institutions. The result is that more than 35% percent of province matriculants migrate to the Western Cape to pursue the tertiary education in the hopes of accessing the wider offering of certificates. After their completion of studying in the Western Cape more than 90% Percent of the Eastern Cape students remain in Cape Town and pursue their professional careers.