Cape Town, South Africa – Getting the Poor out of Sight

I don`t mean to make political capital on these people`s plight but just wish to point out that the Democratic Alliance (squeaky clean political party that is GLOBALIST/BANKER/ BILLIONAIRE/ ANGLO/DEBEERS  funded has recently spent BILLIONS of Rands making Cape Town city centre spotless and perfect while not many kilometres away people live like this :

re posted from                             Ground Up

“This is not a place for human beings”

Blikkiesdorp was supposed to be temporary, but residents are stuck there indefinitely

Blikkiesdorpis a bleak, treeless settlement near the end of the runway of Cape Town International Airport. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks.
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Blikkiesdorp, also known as “Tin Can Town”, is found tucked away and out of sight in Delft, about a 25km drive from Cape Town’s city centre. It was meant to be a TRA, the City’s abbreviation for Temporary Relocation Area, but it has been housing residents for ten years. It consists of 1,600 to 2,000 households living in tin shacks.

“This is not a place for human beings,” says Jane Roberts, who has been in Blikkiesdorp for eight years. Before, Roberts was one of the Symphony Way pavement dwellers and lived for two and half years on the street. “The road was a good place to stay,” she says.

Jane Roberts has lived in Blikkiesdorp for eight years, even though it is supposed to be a temporary place. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

Her home in Blikkiesdorp is tiny. A double bed takes up most of the space. She says she lives in constant fear of gangsters and break-ins. “You can’t go out. You can’t leave your house,” says Roberts. “People want to get out of here. They don’t want to live here. They say they don’t care where they are going to live, so long as they can get out of Blikkiesdorp.”

“After eight years it’s not temporary, it’s permanent,” says Roberts.

Maureen Philanders wonders where her children and grandchildren will grow up. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

Maureen Philanders previously stayed at a shelter in Cape Town, but had to leave after three months. She relocated to Blikkiesdorp and thought that she would be here for only three years. She has been here for six years. She says her health is not good. “I’m so worried, because I think, where are the grandchildren and the children going to grow up?” Philanders asks. She lives with five children; one is her own child.

“You are not safe [here] in your own shack,” she says. Philander said she’d even considered moving into the Belhar graveyard.

Estrolitha van Ballen says crime is high and the police don’t pick the phone when you call them. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks  

Blikkiesdorp has no nearby hospital or police station. According to Estrolitha van Ballen, who has lived in Blikkiesdorp for seven years, the police and ambulance take a long time to arrive. “You phone the police, but they never pick up,” she says. “The crime is so high. During the night you can’t sleep. You must be alert.

We asked the City of Cape Town what plans it has for the residents of Blikkiesdorp, and if there’s a date for when they’ll be moved. Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area Central, responded: “Any concrete proposals and information would be taken to the communities of Blikkiesdorp, Malawi Camp and Freedom Park first and at the appropriate time. We will follow our normal engagement processes.”


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