Category Archives: Good Hope Settlement

Billions spent on eradicating bucket toilets, to no avail

Over the past three years, the project has cost government an average of close to a billion rand a year, with no progress made.


Lack of access to land meant poor sanitation services, especially in informal settlements such as Good Hope in Germiston, according to a human rights advocacy group.

This was despite billions of rands being spent by government on a project aimed at replacing a quarter of a million mobile bucket toilets.

For the past 24 years, the Good Hope informal settlement has been home to about 4 000 people who have yet to have access to sanitation outside of the bucket system, said 39-year-old Nomnikelo Sigenu, resident and Abahlali Basemjondolo organiser. Abahlali is an organisation advocating for shack dwellers.

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Intimidation from Armed ANC Members on the East Rand

Monday, 23 July 2018
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

Intimidation from Armed ANC Members on the East Rand

Abahlali baseMjondolo in the Good Hope Settlement in Germiston, on the East Rand, have been engaging around budgets and urban planning for a long time now. At the same time this branch has also organised the Zikode Extension Land Occupation on a nearby piece of unused land. Despite repeated illegal evictions, and the repeated confiscation and burning of building material, the occupation will soon celebrate its first three months on the land.

Promises have been regularly made, by the ruling party and various levels of government, that development is coming to Good Hope. But we do not see any allocation for us in the relevant budgets documents.  Continue reading

Homeless and hopeless after fire ravages Good Hope


“Why are people still living here despite the countless promises to move them?” asks activist

Photo of aftermath of fire

A shack fire in Good Hope settlement in Ekhuruleni left at least ten families homeless. Photo: Nation Nyoka/New Frame

By Nation Nyoka

5 July 2018

At least ten shacks have been destroyed, and one damaged, following a fire that spread from one shack to adjacent shacks in the space of an hour in Germiston’s Good Hope shack settlement on Wednesday.  Continue reading

Shack Dwellers Movement Remains Defiant in Face of Police Assault

South Africa
Several community members from the Goodhope informal settlement stand close to a burning pile of debris in Knights Road during a service delivery protest. Photo Credit: Germiston City News


The occupation of unused land by members of the Abahlali baseMjondolo (shack dwellers movement) to provide housing for residents of the dilapidated Good Hope Settlement in Germiston, South Africa, met with police violence on multiple occasions this week. The police not only pulled down the shacks the movement had constructed but also used tear gas and rubber bullets to attack the residents in an attempt to ensure they did not return to occupy the land. Continue reading

Metro police fire rubber bullets at residents in Ekurhuleni’s Good Hope settlement

Nation Nyoka & Dennis Webster, The Daily Maverick

Residents of the Good Hope settlement in Germiston have occupied vacant land on the border of Germiston and Boksburg, partly in response to lack of space at the existing settlement. On Thursday morning, Ekurhuleni Metro Police dispersed them with rubber bullets. 

New Frame witnessed a brutal attack by Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) officers on residents of the Good Hope shack settlement in Germiston, Ekurhuleni, in the early hours of Thursday morning.

At least one resident, Siyambusa Mpolase, was arrested.

The police action was in response to the occupation of a piece of nearby land which began on Friday 11 May.  Continue reading