Friday, January 13, 2006

950,000 displaced in South Africa

Talk about burying the lead. This is from the 4th paragraph of this story from IRIN Africa, a news service run by the UN:

950,000 black South Africans have been illegally evicted from white owned farms in the 10 years since the end of apartheid - 200,000 more than were evicted during the final 10 years of the former regime.

This is the kind of news that makes you spit up your coffee: 25% more people have been evicted from farms since the transition to majority rule in South Africa than were evicted during the final decade of apartheid rule.

These displaced people, a study by The NKUZI Development Association suggests, have fueled the rapid rise of shantytowns and squatter communities over the past decade.


Africannabis said...

90,000 South Africans have been displaced by fire alone in the past 5 years.

In the western Cape alone.

I too watch the habitat in South Africa, it's problems:

And a solution:

rn said...

I like your blog, af, but I couldn't find the answer to a key question about the hemphouse:

How much pot do you have to grow to harvest enough inner fiber to produce sufficient building materials for a small one-room house that could replace a single room shanty?

Africannabis said...

1 Acre will build you a 5 roomed home of 82 squre meters. :) Approximate cost including fittings R20,000

rn said...

Sadly, africann, it seems to me that with these numbers, the idea of the cannabis house as a solution to the problem of urban squatter communities goes up in smoke.

Even if we decided to build rudimentary two- or three-room houses, we would need 500,000 acres cultivated with cannabis to create 1 million homes. Oh, and, of course, $3 million or so for fixtures.

The cannabis house might work in the rural setting, but I'd guess that the urban poor will keep smoking pot rather than building with it.

Africannabis said...

The International Narcotics Control Board - reports that cannabis production is up 25% this year in our rural areas.

According to what they report is growing, some 175 000 hectars, my calculations show that we can come close to resolving the housing backlog with what is growing in the field as I type... (this year)

The INCB reports annually about this sustainable crop, and it's cultivated size.