Atlantis is a small town located approximately 40 minutes North of Cape Town in the Western Cape of South Africa. Situated alongside the picturesque West Coast, it has approximately 210,000 residents and consists of a bustling growing community. The small town has a noticeably rich Khoisan heritage and is primarily made up of previously disadvantaged groups.
The history of Atlantis is ultimately the story of its people, responding to their government-built environment in diverse ways and growing in their historical agency even as apartheid structures crumbled. This story challenges any simplistic assessment of the collapse of apartheid. For the people of Atlantis, the end of apartheid has brought freedom and opportunity, but also insecurity and ambivalence, as the plan for Atlantis has largely sunk with the old regime.