National Geographic : 2004 Apr
"They can break down our houses," says Caroline Seema, her neighbor, "but we will just come back later." In the thick mist that shrouds the valley, the Red Ants finally invade, and the air is filled with the gnash of crowbars on metal. As the residents watch their homes collapse, they break into one of the haunting anthems of strug gle against apartheid, a song called "Senzenina?" "What HIave We Done?" Their harmonized voices rise briefly up the valley before being drowned by the rotor thump of a police helicopter. And yet still the new migrants come to Johannesburg, and the question still hangs in the dry nervous air: Can this city help save Africa, uplifting the lives of millions-or will Johannesburg simply be overwhelmed by the needy and the desperate, a woeful harbinger of the chaos to come? It is a weighty responsibil ity to hang on one city, but then Jo'burg prob ably has the sheer ambition and energy to make good on it. 0 WEBSITE EXCLUSIVE PhotographerTomasz Tomasz ewski calls Johannesburg the most dangerous, difficult shoot of a lifetime." Share Tomasz's experiences and see more of his pictures at nationalgeographic.com/magazine/0404.