WATCH: The only thing shining in Silvertown, is the shacks

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Silverton, 27 September 2017 - According to Statistics SA, over 460-000 households struggle to find money to buy food in the Eastern Cape.

Silverton, 27 September 2017 - According to Statistics SA, over 460-000 households struggle to find money to buy food in the Eastern Cape.

WEB_PHOTO_POVERTY_SILVERTON_27_PM

Silverton, 27 September 2017 - According to Statistics SA, over 460-000 households struggle to find money to buy food in the Eastern Cape.

Silverton, 27 September 2017 - According to Statistics SA, over 460-000 households struggle to find money to buy food in the Eastern Cape.

JOHANNESBURG - Putting food on the table is a daily struggle for many in the Eastern Cape.

According to Statistics SA (Stats SA), over 460, 000 households struggle to find money to buy food in the province.

Nowhere is the struggle more stark than in Silvertown, where residents live below the food poverty line of R17.48 per person a day.

It's an area that has not changed for the better since 1994, according to Census 2011 data.

The area got its name, Silvertown, from the gleam off the zinc rooftops, but that’s the only thing that shines in this informal settlement, home to just under 1,800 people, living in 508 informal structures.

Here, unemployment is almost double the national average.

In the 2011 Census, Silvertown was named the worst place in South Africa for service delivery, and residents here are desperate.

A feasibility study is being conducted by the municipality, to establish whether the land is suitable to build houses.

This is giving Silvertown residents a glimmer of hope, that their lives may improve in the future.