Building Collapsed: People Moved

7 Jun

The 70 people left homeless when the old Junction Hotel collapsed were moved to Delft in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town. At this time I do not know whether the people were able to salvage any property and whether they were offered counselling in the face of their loss. My attention is diverted to another matter related to the rehoming of people in Cape Town. Too often displacement is at the core of rehoming: these people lived in Salt River, Cape Town. They were a stone throw away from the station and other forms of public transport. They could walk to the City if they had to and were close to their places of work, to schools, neighbours and friends. They were moved 30 kilometers away. Other people were moved to Happy Valley in the same vicinity. Why does the City always seek to move people to the outskirts of Cape Town?

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