A Bad Experience in Langa
I recently read your article about the new Airbnb options in Langa. While I think it is great to promote these women who are trying to make the most of their lives,
I think it is also important to let the readers know about the safety. We were held up at gunpoint in Langa, July 2017. We are a family of five and were visiting South Africa for the first time, and went on a township tour. We were with a group of ten people and, on the last stop of the tour, were held up at gunpoint in a shack by two armed robbers. They took our phones and cash. I was with three young kids aged 6-13.
If I knew that the tour was so unsafe I would never have gone. As much as I want to learn about the township experienceI would never put my kids through such a traumatic event. This is something that will stay with them forever. (edited) This is the first I am hearing of this incident, which must have been very traumatic for you and I am so sorry to hear that this happened here in Langa. Crime is a sad fact and nowhere in the world is immune. Langa has its safer areas and less safe areas. What makes one area safer than another is how one mitigates against criminal activity. Poorer, unattended areas with substandard services, are more susceptible to crime. All the Airbnbs featured in the COUNTRY LIFE article are in a specific area called the Langa Quarter that has a community development model managed by iKhaya Le Langa, which has for the last six years been implementing a cleaner, greener, safer strategy. We take the health and safety of our visitors very seriously and, in the last two years, have had more than 300 guests sleep in our homestays in the Langa Quarter without incident. Ikhaya le Langa has a close working relationship with Airbnb to ensure that both guests have a positive experience. Langa is an historic, important community, and has been designated a heritage area of national importance. A visit to Cape Town without a trip to Langa would be seeing only one side of a very complex story. Langa is a joyful suburb and tourism is its lifeblood.