Townships were usually built on the periphery of towns and cities,During the Apartheid Era blacks were evicted from properties that were in areas designated as "white only" and forced to move into segregated townships.
In 1985 the government introduced Black local Authorities and Township councils as an extension of the apartheid administration. Alexandra residents responded by establishing their own alternative to this. This counter-council was called the Alexandra Action Committee. The committee organised Alexandra into yard, block, and street committees to take over the day to day running of Alexandra Township.
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