Thursday, June 10, 2010


Blikkiesdorp, which is Afrikaans for “Tin Can Town”, is a relocation camp made of corrugated iron shacks. Blikkiesdorp was built by the City of Cape Town in 2007. It contains approximately 1,600 one room structures. According to government officials, it has cost over 30 million rand to build. The structures have walls and roofs made of thin tin and zinc sheets. They are 50 square feet (18 square meters) in size. Sanitation and water facilities are shared between four structures.

Protests over evictions and poor living conditions have erupted in squatter settlements around South Africa, particularly in relation to the developments for the World Cup. (Wash Post, 6/10/2010, Wiki)

No comments:

Post a Comment