WATCH: Joe Slovo township’s ‘palatial’ shack

The self taught builder and designer says he also did the plumbing and electricity of his haven himself.
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Photographer Joshua Rubin found this amazingly transformed shack in the Joe Slovo township in Cape Town. Rubin later shared the story on the Facebook Group, South African Stories where it has since gone viral.

Rubin was doing a number of interviews in Cape Town when he met Christopher. He would often see Christopher sitting on the side of the street and decided to interview him.

According to Rubin, Christopher was born smaller than most people and has had a very hard life because of it. Rubin went back to Christopher’s home and found out he was living in extremely poor conditions. Christopher was staying in a 1.7m by 1.7m that was caving in and he was sleeping on a piece of wood with blocks underneath.

Rubin later decided to help Christopher by raising money to help him build a shack. That is when he met Fernando. Fernando is a self taught builder and designer living in the Joe Slovo township. Rubin decided to pay him a visit at his home to make sure he was capable of building a good shack for Christopher and was floored by what he saw.

What he walked into was ‘Fernando’s palace’ as he calls it which happens to be a stunning place to live in.

Fernando says he also did the plumbing and electricity of his haven himself even the base of  the bed.

For Fernando the ceiling is the best part.

More: The South African

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