Is the situation of housing and infrastructure in Kaffir Boy typical of South Africa and developing countries?

Kaffir Boy contains a lot of useful information about living conditions in South African townships during apartheid time. However, living conditions have improved considerably since then. Nevertheless it is still hard to live in a township. Although the government has done a lot to improve the situation, a lot remains to be improved.

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A bigger shack from corrugated steel in the township of Dukatole. Note home-made weightlifting machine in the left foreground (free published under GNU-license)
In Soweto there are so-called matchbox houses that remind us of the shacks in the past. In addition, crime and poverty are still common. Millions of black South Africans are still waiting for access to running water.

In the Third World in general living conditions in slums are bad and there is little hope for improvement, although there are exceptions. Fortunately for South Africa the country hosts the World Soccer Championship od 2010. Because of this efforts are made to improve infrastructure. If South Africa can maintain this basic infrastructure later on it may be possible for the standard of living to improve and the number of poor people may decrease.

References: Wikipedia