In the novel, Mpe makes reference to the white northern suburbs/neighborhoods of Johannesburg. He uses the term “The Kitchens” as a euphemism for the neighborhood of Sandton. Sandton and neighborhoods like Sandton are where black South Africans would seek work in the homes of white South Africans as maids or work on the property as gardeners. The above photos are from the Johannesburg neighborhood of Melville. Pay particular attention to how every single home is fortified by a large fence and barbed wire.