As she drove home to this township, known as the Dark City during apartheid because it lacked electricity while Johannesburg's white neighborhoods nearby blazed with light, community activist Bongi Dhlomo-Mautloa experienced a delicious moment of irony.
On that night last month, South Africa's debilitating run of blackouts had darkened the gleaming hotels and bank towers of Alexandra's famously glitzy neighbor, Sandton. And Alexandra, once synonymous with the squalor blacks were forced to endure under white-supremacist rule, had light.
"I said, 'Wow! Reversal of roles!' " recalled Dhlomo-Mautloa, 51. "I was thinking it was wonderful."
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