Thursday, August 11, 2005

South Africa may be planning its own Murambatsvina

With the football World Cup coming to South Africa in 2010, (see: Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has vowed to eradicate the country's 1,000 plus squatter communities Inter Press Service reports. While the country has made notable attempts to foster construction of truly affordable housing, activists worry that the drive to remove the self-built communities and prettify the cities where the world cup matches will be held could have a severe impact on the poor. Alrelady, Johannesburg and other cities have been brutally evicting illegal residents--some of whom have lived in their informal homes for years--without providing any alternative housing.

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