"This photo shows horrendous erosion in a former homeland in South Africa," Mike Fay said. "All over the new South Africa the government is trying to alleviate poverty by building houses. But it is forgetting that the really important resource is the soil."
The homelands were territories set aside for black South Africans during the apartheid era. They were often in parts of the country that had the poorest natural resources.
Fay noted that in other parts of South Africa he had seen considerable progress because of enlightened land-use policies.