Organization / Publicationfor The National Arts Council of South Africa
PlaceEksteenfontein, Northern Cape
CaptionAbout 500 people make up the community in the semi-desert of Richtersveldt. The village has a liquor store, two shops, a community hall, a guesthouse, two churches and a shebeen (informal drinking place) - but no electricity. Historically known as the Bosluis Basters, the residents are of both white and colored (mixed race) origin. Under the apartheid government, Eksteenfontein was declared a 'colored area'. Many whites married to coloreds gave up their race status in order to remain with their families.