A man carries a young child down one of the streets of the township. In stark contrast to the walled complexes and houses that are a hallmark of middle-class Johannesburg, Alex boasts a colourful environment.
A girl and boy walk past a hand-painted mural in honour of the former president Nelson Mandela. The township's major connection to fame dates back to 1943 when Mandela stayed for a short time while studying at the University of South Africa. Credit: Kim Ludbrook/EPA