The Plight of South Africa's Slum-Dwellers


Residents of informal settlements and transit camps face daily challenges, such as the inability to sleep because of the fear of crime, shattered confidence and feelings of anger and desperation, shows a study in Cape Town.

The overwhelming adversity that comes with living in an informal dwelling felt "like a mountain fell on me", said one participant.

  • South Africa:  The Psychological Cost of Living in an Informal Settlement - 'Like a Mountain Fell On Me'

    The South African Civil Society Information Service, 25 September 2012

    The "overwhelming adversity" they had to face daily as a result of living in an informal dwelling felt "like a mountain fell on me", said one Cape Town resident. read more »

  • South Africa:  It's Still Dark in Khayelitsha

    GroundUp, 12 September 2012

    Earlier this year, GroundUp published a story on the issue of street lights not working on Lansdowne Road in Khayelitsha. read more »

  • South Africa:  Fleurhof Integrated Human Settlement Development

    South African Government, 20 September 2012

    Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale today launched the first phase of the 9600 Fleurhof Integrated Human Settlement Development in Soweto. Fleurhof is one of the Gauteng's ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Khayelitsha Residents March Over Allegations of Housing Corruption

    West Cape News, 18 September 2012

    Allegations of corruption in the Nuwe Begin housing project in Blue Downs need to be properly investigated said over 100 residents of nearby Nkqubela informal settlement in TR ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Poverty Wages and Inadequate Housing

    The South African Civil Society Information Service, 21 August 2012

    Last week at Lonmin mines, the ANC saw the consequences of allowing South Africa to remain one of the most unequal countries in the world. The steadfast refusal of the mineworkers ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Govt Makes Strides in Improving Lives of Poor

    SAnews.gov.za, 10 September 2012

    President Jacob Zuma says government has made substantial progress in improving service delivery to the poor, especially the poor who were marginalised in the past. read more »

  • South Africa:  Khayelitsha Councillor - City Ignores My Community

    GroundUp, 5 September 2012

    The councillor for a major ward in Khayelitsha says the city is ignoring the real needs of his community. read more »

  • South Africa:  Marlboro Evictions - the Shortfalls of the Housing Policy

    Daily Maverick, 28 August 2012

    After protests against evictions in Marlboro last week cast fresh scrutiny on the legality of the evictions themselves, lawyers and NGOs working in the area warned that the legal ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Johannesburg's Cold and Desperate

    Daily Maverick, 8 August 2012

    Some Gauteng residents delighted on Tuesday when snow began to fall across Johannesburg, Pretoria and Vereeniging. They rushed to take pictures on their camera phones and joked on ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Talking Township Trash

    Daily Maverick, 2 July 2012

    The idea is simple: you take a seemingly intractable social problem, and bring together a small group of intelligent, motivated individuals from different sectors to discuss what ... read more »

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