Archiv für November 2007

„Demokratie in Ketten“

Unter diesem Titel verhandelt Naomi Klein in ihrem neuen Buch ‚the Shock Doctrine‘ die Verhältnisse in Südafrika. Wenn es interessiert, beim Centre for Civil Society gibt es das Kapitel auf Englisch zu lesen (link).

Joe Slovo Bewohner gehen auf die Straße

Am 12. Dezember beginnt die erste Verhandlung hinsichtlich der Räumnung der stadtnahen Joe Slovo Siedlung in Kapstadt. Bereits eine Woche vorher findet der Prozess gegen diejenigen statt, die bei der Besetzung der N2 Autobahn festgenommen wurden (siehe Bericht). Die BewohnerInnen werden morgen mit einer großen Demonstration zeigen, dass sie nicht freiwillig an den Stadtrand von Kapstadt ziehen werden.

Im Folgenden die Presseerklärung der Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign
27th November 2007

Thousands to march on First National Bank in Cape Town tomorrow

The Joe Slovo community and dozens of other communities affiliated to the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign will march on First National Bank in Cape Town tomorrow (28 November 2007).

The march will leave from Cape Town station at 9am under the theme „Asiyi eDelft!“ (We won‘t go to Delft). The communities want to show their support for the Joe Slovo residents, who are currently resisting a forced removal to Delft, and also to protest about evictions and water cut offs in their own communities.
Mzonke Poni of QQ Section Campaign, and a Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign leader, says that the Temporary Relocation Areas (TRA’s) in Delft „are like a concentration camp. No tarred roads, rubbish in the streets, public toilets only many of which have been closed for a year so people must relieve themselves in the bush. People in the TRA’s are living in limbo, unhappy, tolerating the awful conditions only in the hope that they will get a real house. But Thubelisha has promised 9500 houses to more than 20,000 families — from Joe Slovo, New Rest, Barcelona, Boys Town Crossroads etc, as well as to Delft backyarders and to people from Nyanga, Malawi and many other places. It is a recipe for conflict, misery, and disaster.“ (mehr…)

Die WM kommt, aber die Shacks müssen gehen…

Bereits vor fast zwei Wochen erschien in der Sunday Tribune der folgende Artikel zur Beseitung von Shacks (Blechhütten), um die FIFA-Kriterien zu erfüllen. Die FIFA verlangt eine von Symbolen der Armut befreite Umgebung in der Nähe von Fußballstadien und Trainingsplätzen.

Hiding the shame of poverty for 2010

By Nomfundo Mcetywa
This article was originally published on page 13 of The Sunday Tribune on November 11, 2007

The shacklands of post-apartheid South Africa, which would surely have been seen by tourists coming to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup, will be removed to hide the shame of poverty.

Speaking this week at the second KwaZulu-Natal 2010 sports Indaba, provincial director-general Kwazi Mbanjwa, announced that more than R1,4-billion would be spent in eradicating slums in townships where soccer training camps would be held.
Mbanjwa said more than R22-million would be used to clear shacks at Umlazi near the KwaMnyandu Railway Station.

A further R92-million would be spent in clearing slums in Lamontville, while R1,2-billion would be spent upgrading hostels in KwaMashu.
R112-million would also be spent on rebuilding housing developments in Mpofana and Umsunduzi.

Residents in Mpofana (Mooi River) had complained of sewage problems, as their toilets had not been connected to the main sewerage lines. Sewage was flowing into residents‘ yards, down the roads and storm water drains and, ultimately, into the Mooi River.

Plans for the 2010 World Cup include billions of rands being pumped into upgrading transport systems such as the building of new roads in areas which will serve as training camps for visiting teams. Stadiums which will be used as training grounds include the King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi, Princess Magogo in KwaMashu, Sugar Ray Xulu in Clermont and the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg. They will be upgraded at a cost of R184,5-million.

About R183-million will also be spent on building multi-purpose sports academies in Port Shepstone, Newcastle and Richards Bay. „By providing the four district municipalities and eThekwini Metro with suitable and sustainable sports facilities, we want to increase opportunities for them to host the World Cup participants and other sports codes beyond,“ said Mbanjwa.

He said the use of township stadiums by visiting teams as training sites had led to their decision to redevelop townships and to remove slums. But the shackdwellers, who say they are unaware of their imminent eviction, have described the government plan as a way of hiding the shame of the real South Africa. (mehr…)