Glamour slumming in Bloem

2013-11-18 08:00

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“What the f**k is wrong with you?” and “Verwoerd is laughing in hell” read two of the countless hate mails and tweets that the Emoya Luxury Hotel & Spa outside Bloemfontein has received this week after the resort’s Shanty Town accommodation went viral.

“At best insensitive and at worst poverty porn,” is the gist of the world’s responses to the faux corrugated iron shacks built ahead of the Fifa World Cup in 2010, where one can “experience staying in a shanty within the safe environment of a private game reserve” for R850 a night. Their website describes living in a shack as a “lifestyle”.

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