• LOCATION 7 | A Community in Crisis: Gentrification in Woodstock and Salt River

    Turn right into Foundry Road

    Now take the road on the left side of the “Wish You Were Here” building, and walk straight alongside the traffic bridge. We're approaching the home of Nooraan Dreyer. Along with three other families, she has to vacate the property at the end of November 2016 to make way for office space after living here for 11 years. Her husband is a painter, and she has three grandchildren and three children of her own. What she's most afraid of is ending up in Blikkiesdorp, a Temporary Relocation Area made up of tin shacks, about 20km from here in Delft. It's described by its residents as a crime and illness-ridden dumping ground for the poor.

    Under section 26 of the Constitution and in terms of the Emergency Housing Programme, a municipality must provide emergency accommodation if there is a risk of homelessness; even if the eviction is carried out by a private owner. Although this seems like a progressive policy on paper, and there are minimum requirements the emergency homes must meet -- at least 24 square metres, Nutec walls, corrugated iron roofs, and access to water and electricity -- Blikkiesdorp qualifies.

    Many Woodstock and Salt River residents find themselves in Block P of the settlement.

    Keep walking straight.

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A Community in Crisis: Gentrification in Woodstock and Salt River