Library at the end of the universe

Library at the end of the universe

The dream became a nightmare – a social improvement scheme turned into a looting frenzy.

The region of Maputaland in the far north of KwaZulu-Natal is press-studded on one side by Swaziland and on the other by Kosi Bay. It is a land of wild and fragile beauty: bright fever trees and ancient gnarled fig trees tower over green grass, red sand and mirrored lakes.

It is home to a large but scattered rural population – along the roads north of Jozini Dam there is a mud-and-thatch homestead every hundred metres-or-so.

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