Change room families’ future still uncertain

16 09 2011

Fadela Slamdien – Sep 15 2011 – The New Age

Six families living in decrepit change rooms at Athlone Stadium in Kewtown are still in the dark about whether the council has plans to relocate them.

The council issued eviction notices against the families, some of whom had lived in the change rooms for 10 years, as they wanted to demolish the buildings to extend the parking area as part of a R406m upgrade of Athlone Stadium for the soccer World Cup.

When the families ignored the notices, the city took the matter to court, claiming the premises were unfit for human habitation and alleging the occupants were involved in “illegal activities”, which they strenuously denied.

But magistrate Mas-Udah Pangarker refused to evict the families. Instead, she ordered the city to either provide the families with alternative accommodation in the surrounding area if it wanted to demolish the building, or allow the families to remain. Read the rest of this entry »


Media: 2010 legacy sweet for some, bitter for many

14 06 2011

THE most obvious “spectacle” of the international event’s legacy is the Cape Town Stadium, its indelible mark fixed on the city’s skyline.

The 55 000-seat stadium has been used for various events, including sports, international concerts, and private functions. Its running costs, however, have been a major liability for the city, with former operating company Sail StadeFrance pulling out of the lease agreement because of the risks of unprofitability.

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Guardian: Life in ‘Tin Can Town’ for the South Africans evicted ahead of World Cup

1 04 2010

Campaigners say conditions in Blikkiesdorp or ‘Tin Can Town’ are worse than in the townships created during apartheid

David Smith Cape Town
Guardian, Thursday 1 April 2010 21.50 BST
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Youths playing football in Blikkiesdorp, Cape Town
Youths playing football in Blikkiesdorp, Cape Town. Photograph: Gareth Kingdon

Children squint as wind whips the grey sand into their faces. A teenager braves the flies and stench of a leaking outdoor toilet to draw water from a standpipe. He stares vacantly along regimented rows of corrugated iron shacks encircled by a tall, concrete fence. No grass or trees grow here.

This is Tin Can Town, or Blikkiesdorp, described by the mayor of Cape Town as a “temporary relocation area” (TRA), but by its residents as a concentration camp. Many say they were forcibly evicted from their former homes and moved here against their will. And for this they blame one thing: the football World Cup. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: World Cup bosses kick out homeless

30 03 2010

Charities have condemned plans to hide thousands of South African beggars, tramps and street children while the World Cup is on.


About 300 have already been moved from Cape Town, where England face Algeria on June 18.

They have been taken to nearby Blikkiesdorp camp on Cape Flats, where 1,450 families are packed into an area designed for 450 people. Read the rest of this entry »

Blogs: South Africa Make The Fake House for World Cup 2010

30 03 2010



I wasn’t a huge fan, but I remember an episode of the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond where Ray falls out with wife Debra because she’s cleaning the house before they have visitors. I couldn’t find a video clip, but thanks to the excellent I can quote the argument verbatim. Imagine Ray sitting down and Debra aggressively tidying around him:

Ray: Ow! Why do you always do this? Every time we have people over we spend all day making the fake house.
Debra: lt’s not fake. lt’s the way the house should be all the time.
Ray: But it isn’t, so actually it’s like lying, huh, right? ls that what you’re about, lying to people?
Debra: Could you just start clearing everything off the rug, please?

What does this have to do with football you ask? Well, turns out South Africa are “making the fake house” for World Cup 2010 by removing the homeless population from World Cup venue cities and temporarily dumping them into overcrowded settlements. Read the rest of this entry »

Telling the world that neither this City nor the World Cup works for us!

25 03 2010
25 March 2010
Anti-Eviction Campaign Press Release

The poor in South Africa have mandated their leaders from social movements like the Anti-Eviction Campaign, Abahlali baseMjondolo, the Landless People’s Movement, Sikhula Sonke, the Anti-Privatisation Forum, etc, to speak about issues that are relevant to poor people. The poor have not mandated us to support political parties and their elite agendas.

The poor who make up our rank and file members of our movements want us to tell the world that in South Africa the poor are treated like terrorists and criminals. Our members are intimidated, harassed, arrested, and tortured every single day. And we are tired of being treated as second-class citizens.

As part of our effort to tell the world about our struggle, two Anti-Eviction Campaign members will be embarking on a trip to Germany, Scotland and Switzerland at the invitation of activists from those countries. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: ‘Economic cleansing’ in BBC’s World Cup backyard

23 03 2010

Evictions are designed to improve South Africa’s image, campaigners say

By Stewart Maclean in Cape Town
Monday, 22 March 2010
The Independent

Some of the evicted women are being forced to sleep rough on the streets

On the one hand, a glass-sided television studio with panoramic views of Table Mountain and Cape Town’s spectacular new 68,000-seater football stadium is installed by the BBC for the forthcoming World Cup. On the other, destitute locals are evicted from their only home, barely 100m away. Welcome to the two faces of modern South Africa.

Amid considerable fanfare the BBC last week announced its intention to use a historic hospital in Cape Town as its central headquarters during this summer’s World Cup. The corporation will spend several hundred thousand pounds building the pentagonal glass-sided studio on top of the six-storey Somerset Hospital.

But just days before the deal was made public, 150 destitute locals, mostly women, were forcibly evicted from a hostel in the shadow of the stadium, 100m from the BBC’s new home. Poverty campaigners claim the evictions were part of an effort to cleanse the image of the nine host cities South Africa will present to the world. “The World Cup is going on at the expense of South Africans who urgently need housing, public services and jobs,” said Ruth Tanner, from the charity, War on Want. Read the rest of this entry »