I want to go home forever

Stories of becoming and belonging in South Africa's great metropolis

Loren B. Landau & Tanya Pampalone



Generations of people from across Africa, Europe and Asia have turned metal from the ground into Africa’s wealthiest, most dynamic and most diverse urban centre, a mega-city where post- apartheid South Africa is being made. Yet as newcomers and long-term residents seek a place to make their home, they find Gauteng’s promises and possibilities tinged with dangers.


These are raw, honest personal stories — some heart-breaking, some up-lifting. Beautifully told, each story is a study of journey-making. No matter where we may have been born, each of us seeks a place where we will be safe and respected for who we are. The stories in this collection illustrate that no journey is easy – each act of leaving and each attempt to begin again is tough. - Sisonke Msimang


Loren B. Landau is the South African Research Chair in Human Mobility and the Politics of Difference at the African Centre for Migration & Society, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Tanya Pampalone is the managing editor of the Global Investigative Journalism Network. The former executive editor of Mail & Guardian, has won the prestigious journalism award for creative writing, the Standard Bank Sikuvile, in 2012.