Sasol: the City on the Hill

In Ursula Le Guin’s 1973 short story, The ones who walk away from Omelas, the city of Omelas is a shimmering utopia of happiness and delight. The city’s prosperity and abundance, however, rely on the perpetual misery of a child locked in a dungeon. Each citizen, when he or she comes of age, is told about the child in the dungeon and how the wealth of the city rests on the suffering of this child. Although shocked at first, they all silently walk away, choosing to continue with their way of life and to forget the cruel sacrifice that underpins it. By Tracey Davies, Leanne Govindsamy, Desmond D’Sa and Ilham Rawoot.