After Apartheid ended in 1994, people of all colors - previously restricted to only certain places where they were born, assigned or worked - were free to move about the country again. Many moved to the townships on the edges of cities from the arid "homelands" they had arbitrarily been assigned when removed from nicer areas over the preceding 50 years. The cities were where husbands were, job prospects existed, and where the government would presumably build the new homes that the poor were promised under the new constitution. Over 16 years, the national government has built over 2.6 million homes, but it is not nearly enough to account for all of the shacks that have spring up around cities. But tension rises with demand and expectations.