Smutsville is a township on the outskirts of Sedgefield on the Garden Route. As with many townships in South Africa there is huge pressure on housing and services. The majority of people are shack dwellers, do not own their land and have minimal services.
Fortunately there is a good primary school. However, no senior school exists in Sedgefield or Smutsville and the availability and cost of secondary schooling in neighbouring towns is prohibitive for most. Sedgefield has no industry, and as a result employment possibilities are limited, especially for those without senior education. Many become dependent on grants and hand-outs.
Community leaders on the Garden Route are mindful of these issues. They support freshStart and welcome initiatives that will help create a new generation of youth who believe in themselves and are empowered to change their lives for the better.