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The ruins of Nyebe settlement – the District Six of Mpumalanga Province lie a few minutes south of Ermelo city centre.

Today, all that remains of Nyebe are overgrown house foundations, dried up water wells and stairs that lead to nowhere.

The ruins and aerial satellite images from Google Maps tell the story of forced removals that occurred across South Africa during apartheid.

This non-white community of thousands of people was razed to the ground in the 1960s after it was reclassified a whites only area, according to the 1950 Group Area’s Act.

The settlement was rumoured to shelter members of Umkhonto weSizwe – the ANC military wing – overnight, who were travelling from Johannesburg to Swaziland and Mozambique.



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