The Iliso Care Society operates within the community of Site C in Khayelitsha, a vast, sprawling township about 30 minutes drive south-east of central Cape Town.
Khayelitsha is the largest township in Cape Town and reputedly the largest and fastest-growing township in South Africa. The name is isiXhosa and means ‘Our New Home’. It was established in 1985 as one of the apartheid government’s final attempts to enforce segregation.
Today, more than 400,000 people live in Khayelitsha, more than 40 percent of whom are under 19. It is one of the poorest areas of Cape Town with almost 50 percent unemployment. About 70 percent of Khayelitsha’s residents live in shacks.