Emoya claims that the Shanty Town is "ideal for team building, braais, fancy theme parties, and an experience of a lifetime." Unlike real slums, these accommodations "are completely safe and child friendly."
This isn't the first time better-off South Africans have opted to forego their creature comforts for the reality of poverty. One such family moved to the slums of Mamelodi for a month as an "experiment in radical empathy,” living in a one-room shack with no electricity or running water, and blogging about their experiences.
Nor is this first hotel to play with the concept of slumming it, for lack of a better term. Last year, a Swedish newspaper launched a series of hotels that allowed guests to viscerally experience homelessness, offering dirty mattresses and sleeping bags beneath piles of leaves and under bridges. But Faktum, the homeless-run nonprofit publication that organized the endeavor, intended to raise awareness about poverty, and revenues went back into supporting its publication and its staff.
This, however, is just plain ignorance. (Time)