Category Archives: floods

Our lives count for nothing as we are left to die in the shacks

27 July 2016

Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

Our lives count for nothing as we are left to die in the shacks

Rain is usually considered as a blessing. It is often considered as a gift from the Almighty and amaDlozi. During the drought we were all waiting for the rain to come. But the storms in Durban hit impoverished people, and especially shack dwellers, very hard. Peoples’ possessions and homes were damaged and destroyed. Lives were lost.

Our lives do not count as human lives to this society. It is sad and shameful that we are living the life that we are living. Continue reading

Kennedy Road Burns Once Again

Sunday, 03 November 2013

Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

Kennedy Road Burns Once Again

On Tuesday the Isipingo Transit Camp was flooded once again. It is built on a flood plain and there is no drainage and so there are regular floods. The residents took to the streets and organised a road blockade in protest at the living conditions that have been forced on them against their will.

Our movement has rejected transit camps from the first moment that that they appeared and we have constantly called for them to abolished and for all people that have been forced into these inhuman places to be provided with decent housing as a matter of urgency. The municipality has now announced that they will not build any more transit camps and they have promised to house people in transit camps. Their decision to stop building transit camps is a victory that comes directly from our struggle. We welcome this victory but we do not see clear plans to provide decent housing to the 10 000 people who have been sentenced to the transit camps. Therefore our struggle against the transit camps continues and it will continue until every person forced into a transit camp has access to decent housing.

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Daily News: Isipingo residents sick of squalor

by Aphiwe Ngwenya

Durban – Residents of the Isipingo transit camp say they are fed up with empty promises by municipal officials that they would be relocated to housing projects elsewhere in the city.

As the heavy rains continued to flood their homes this week, residents protested on the main road, burning tyres.

The camp is built in a flood plain and with little in the way of a drainage system, flooding is frequent occurrence.

Stagnant water lies in pools around the camp, a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Here and there rocks, planks and bricks have been placed to create stepping stones around the camp.

Unemployed mother-of-three, Meshi Kesram, 36, said her home had been flooded numerous times in the five years she had been at the transit camp. On the worst occasion the flood water was over one metre high.

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Road Blockade in Isipingo Yesterday

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

Road Blockade in Isipingo Yesterday

The Isipingo transit camp was badly flooded during the recent rains. It is built in a dangerous area and there is no drainage. It is not fit for human habitation.

Yesterday a road blockade was organised in protest at:

–       The flood and the inhuman conditions in the transit camp

–       The failure to honour to the promise, made more than a week ago, to start moving people out of the transit camp within a week

–       The attempt to silence us with lies on one hand and repression on the other hand

One person was arrested on the blockade but she was later released without being charged.

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Cape Argus: Bridge sinks, cuts Main Road

Bridge sinks, cuts Main Road

By Daneel Knoetze

Cape Town – The main access route to the South Peninsula was cut off on Tuesday morning when torrential overnight rain caused a low water bridge over a river that feeds Sandvlei to partially collapse, causing authorities to close the road.

A night of stormy weather saw many other city roads flooded, electric wires felled and shack roofs blown off .

On Tuesday morning SA Weather Services said the 24-hour rainfall at Kirstenbosch had been 90.6mm, at the airport 96mm, and at Kenilworth, 57.2mm.

Metro traffic spokeswoman Maxine Jordaan said that Main Road between Steenberg Road and Old Boyes Drive was closed. The section of the bridge that had not collapsed was unstable, and vehicles were being diverted around Westlake Golf Course, via Steenberg Road, Westlake Avenue and Boyes Drive.

City of Cape Town Disaster Management officials have warned Capetonians to brace themselves for more heavy rains.

On Tuesday morning Disaster Management spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes issued a list of 13 roads which had been flooded overnight. The worst affected areas extended from Plumstead, Retreat and Steenberg to the Muizenberg coast.

A section of Main Road in Kalk Bay, which has been undergoing upgrading since 2008, was reportedly flooded with knee deep water.

“There is no way to walk from the one side to the other. The cars are going very slowly. It’s the worst I have ever seen it,” an employee at the nearby Brass Bell restaurant told the Cape Argus on Tuesday morning.

Also in the Southern Suburbs, overhead electric wires had come down in Wetton, Claremont, Wynberg and Meadowridge.

Two shacks had their roofs blown off and another was destroyed by the wind in Uitkyk informal settlement near Sir Lowry’s Pass.

Sir Lowry’s pass ward councillor Johannes Middleton said that it was the worst winds experienced in the area for a number of years.

A couple and a young child living in the shack managed to escape without injury and were taken in during the night by a family friend. The other two damaged structures are repairable.

Siyambolekwa James, the provincial chair for shack dwellers organisation Abahlali baseMjondolo, said flooding of informal settlements can be expected as the water table rises in the coming days. In anticipation of the rain, residents in James’s home informal settlement of Sweethome Farm had dug trenches.

“We have diverted the water to a nearby farm and the drainage is working quite well. On Monday night a number of shacks were flooded from the ground up, but hopefully this water can flow away quicker due to the new trenches,” he said.

City train services were unaffected by the weather, Metrorail’s Riana Scott confirmed on Tuesday.

Roads flooded on Tuesday morning were:

* DIEP RIVER: De Waal Road into Main Road.

* FAIRWAYS: Hyde Road.

* LAVENDER HILL: Prince George Drive before 2 Military Hospital.

* GORDON’S BAY: R44/Clarence drive reported rockfalls.

* LAKESIDE: Chenel Road.

* EPPING INDUSTRIAL: Vanguard Drive.

* OTTERY: Bambloesvlei Road.

* DIEP RIVER: Shaay Road.

* KIRSTENHOF: Windhover Street.

* RETREAT: 9th Avenue.

* STEENBERG: Prince George Dr.

* PLUMSTEAD: Kendal Road.

* ELSIES RIVER: 35th Avenue and Balvenie Avenue.