Security guards at South Africa's Love Island villa earn just £1-an-hour to protect the pampered stars and production staff, MailOnline can reveal.
Low paid workers getting £12-a-day to watch the sprawling £5.3m mansion say they are not allowed to go near the realty TV stars or hosts Laura Whitmore and Iain Stirling while they film the hit ITV2 show – because bosses fear they'll steal from them.
Gardeners and security staff working close to the villa in one of Cape Town's wealthiest districts say they have been shunted aside and are under strict orders to only speak when they are spoken to by the filming crew.
The Love Island villa (pictured) is being rented out to ITV for a reported £103,000-a-month until the show finishes in February
The sprawling villa (pictured) where the Love Island stars hang out by the pool is located in Belair Road, Cape Town, which is in one of the city's most exclusive streets nicknamed by locals as 'Millionaire's Row'
The mansion, which is currently being marketed by the owner - an Italian diamond tycoon - for £5.3m, boasts no fewer than three swimming pools, six bedroom, seven bathrooms, its own cinema, a library, gym and is set in 3.5 acres of grounds
The 20,000 sq ft villa (pictured) with stunning views of Cape Town was bought by businessman Luca Bechis for £2.65m in 2010. His family moved out in 2018 and he now rents it out. Netflix's Black Mirror, staring Miley Cyrus, was also filmed there
Security guard Sivuyile sits in his shack in Mandela Park where he lives seven miles up the road from the villa. The father-of three is paid £12-a-day for a 12 hour shift to guard land behind the Love Island villa where production staff are based
Many of the low-skilled workers operating in and around Belair Road live in Mandela Park also known as Imizamo Yethu - or 'Our Efforts' - a makeshift shanty town in Hout Bay covering 18 hectares and home to around 34,000 people
Inside the oppressive settlement, water taps are used by 100 people and on average 20 households share an outside toilet
The makeshift settlement was meant to be a temporary solution to Cape Town's housing crisis but has grown and grown
'We know they are filming in the house but the boss won't let us go near the Love Island housemates. We aren't allowed anywhere near them, gardener Tembela, 43, told MailOnline.
'Black workers aren't allowed to go near to the guests. They fear we will steal from them.
'It's like when any wealthy tourists come into the area – we're only allowed to speak if we are spoken to… and we must be polite,' the gardener added.
Tembela, 43, pictured in her shack in Mandela Park, works on the Eagles' Nest Vineyard neighbouring the Love Island villa
The six-bedroom Love Island villa set in three and a half acres of land Mountain is called Midden Cottage and is located in Belair Road – nicknamed 'Millionaires Row' – a collection of 32 of the finest mansions in Cape Town in the shadow of Table Mountain.
The 20,000 sq ft villa with seven bathrooms and three swimming pools was bought by Italian businessman Luca Bechis for £2.65m in 2010.
The married father-of-three was a founding partner of London-based investment firm Richmond Capital LLP before quitting the City in 2012.
The businessman and his family are now based in Cape Town, although he is now head of Richmond Environmental Charitable Foundation with mining and agricultural interests in Uganda, Kenya and Mozambique.
Mr Bechis has put the property on the market and is believed to be leasing it to ITV2 for £103,000-a-month until it finishes in February.
The plush surroundings of Belair Road, next door to the renowned winemakers at the Eagles' Next Vineyard, is as close to luxury as some of the low-paid workers tending to the manicured lawns or keeping the mansions secure will get.
Security guard Sivuyile Mponde is part of a 30-man armed team patrolling a plot of land behind the Love Island villa where the show's production staff are based in Portakabins during filming.
He spends every day guarding the entrance to the Eagles' Nest winery estate where blacked out vehicles carrying show staff whizz up and down an access road there to reach the villa.
The shacks of Mandela Park are a world away from the luxury enjoyed by millionaire residents lucky enough to live in Belair Rd
With makeshift houses erected just inches from one another the homes are vulnerable to fire. Two years ago three people died and 3,500 were made homeless when a devastating blaze tore through Mandela Park
Boys play in Mandela Park close to the Disa River which has South Africa's highest level of e-coli bacteria ever recorded
A little girl walks through the corrugated iron, planks of wood and debris in the settlement where crime is so high that police are too frightened to go beyond the boundary and residents often pay local gangsters and crime rackets to keep them safe
Many low-cost properties in the shanty town - seven miles from the Love Island mansion - are falling down and uninhabitable
Rubbish bags are piled high in the settlement which has raw sewage running through its narrow streets where 20 households all share a communal toilet. Residents complain that