“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
Today there are close to 30,000 people who live in Ocean View in brick houses and flats (apartments). Life is a struggle for the many residents here, having to face the challenges of huge unemployment, widespread drug use, alcoholism, gangs, prostitution and violence. Thousands of lives are being destroyed by the local drug culture, where a drug called tik (crystal meth) is being sold for as little as R5 (less than $1). Many youth are embroiled in this drug, with the issue affecting all ages and generations within society. Gangs and violence stem from the drug problem. Ocean View like all parts of South Africa has a high rate of crime.
For decades the coloured community has been caught stranded between the whites and the blacks, and so has been neglected for years. Some claim to have been ‘not white enough’ during apartheid and ‘not black enough’ now, and as a result many still feel abandoned with no hope or ambition for the future.
This attitude is a major cause for the struggles Ocean View faces. Youths and adults alike lack hope and aims for improving their lives by getting an education or working, and so problems such as unemployment swell. People turn to other sources of income such as crime, drugs and prostitution just to make ends meet.
Ocean View has a number of facilities but is still extremely ill-equipped for the needs of the community. The main language spoken within the township is English and Afrikaans.
Although Ocean View is a community ravaged by social problems, some residents are beginning to stand up and fulfill the potential that has been suppressed for decades.
Data obtained from Volunteer Mzansi AFRIKA