Photos: ‘Blikkiesdorp’, the Symphony Way TRA

18 01 2009

This is the Delft-Symphony ‘Temporary Relocation Area’ (TRA).  It has an estimated 1,000+ structures and has been nicknamed ‘Blikkiesdorp’ (Block Town) by residents who see the structures as no better than their own shacks.  Building TRAs is a new government fad supported by both the DA and the ANC.  They look like refugee camps and are used to house shackdwellers who have been forcibly removed by the government.

Delft, Symphony Way TRA. An estimated 1000+ structures. Known as Plekkiesdorp (Tin Town).

Delft, Symphony Way TRA.

At the end of the camp, construction trucks are building more ‘blikkies’ (tin shack structures).  The residents of Symphony Way ask why the government is evicting people from well-located shacks and building new shacks far way from work. Symphony Way Pavement Dwellers want land and houses not shacks inside barbed wire camps.

Delft, Symphony Way TRA. End of the camp, construction trucks building more structures.

Delft, Symphony Way TRA. Police vehicles stationed (permanently) at only entrance to TRA.

Police and Apartheid era riot vehicles are are stationed (permanently) at the only entrance to the Symphony Way TRA. They are used to regulate entry into the TRA, control residents, and impose curfews when necessary.  Police also use the location to conduct raids of intimidation against Symphony Way Pavement Dwellers who have refused to move into the TRAs.  Residents within the TRAs have also claimed that members of the SAPS and the city’s Land Invasions Unit are selling shacks in the TRAs to new residents.

Delft, Symphony Way TRA. Police vehicles stationed (permanently) at only entrance to TRA.

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Delft, Symphony Way TRA. The single entrance to the TRA, barbed wire fence encircling the camp.

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This picture is of the roof of one of the TRA shacks. It has been duct taped by residents to prevent wind and rain from entering. The government cannot even build shacks to generally acceptable standards.

Inside Delft, Symphony Way TRA. Pictured is the roof of the structure, taped with duct tape by residents to prevent exposure to

Inside Delft, Symphony Way TRA.

The back of a TRA structure that houses two families. If you were evicted from a 4 bedroom shack in Joe Slovo, you still get only one room in the government TRAs

Delft, Symphony Way TRA. Structured pictured from the back.

The TRA toilets are shared amongst residents. Some toilets include water taps on the side

Delft, Symphony Way TRA. Toilet.


Inside Delft, Symphony Way TRA.2

Inside a Delft, Symphony Way TRA. Tin walls covered in brown paper.

Delft, Symphony Way TRA.4

Ask yourself, is this the kind of place you would like to raise your children? Do you still wonder why shackdwellers all over the country (and including the Symphony Way Pavement Dwellers) are refusing to move into these Blikkies?  No Evictions! No Blikkies! No Transit Camps! We are not cattle!

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23 01 2009
CALS statement against the use of Transit Camps (TRAs) « Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign

[...] Symphony Way TRA (Delft, Cape Town), aka Blikkiesdorp [...]

25 01 2009
Souh Africa: CALS statement against the use of Transit Camps (TRAs) « The Struggle for the City

[...] Symphony Way TRA (Delft, Cape Town), aka Blikkiesdorp [...]

29 01 2009
Media: Forced removals « Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign

[...] At Delft in Cape Town, the transit camp is encircled with barbed wire fencing. [...]

19 02 2009
Symphony Way residents commemorate 1 year on the road « Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign

[...] on this major road the entire time.  Residents have nowhere else to go and refused to go to Blikkiesdorp TRA which they see as a refugee camp.  This may be the longest and most difficult protest undertaken [...]

3 04 2009
Blikkiesdorp: Raped toddler ‘will never have children’ « Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign

[...] 04 2009 AEC Note: Yet another example of why the residents of Symphony Way refused to move to the Blikkiesdorp government-built slum. 3 April 2009, 11:02 By Ziyanda Sidumo and Fouzia van der Fort Source: Cape [...]

16 07 2009
The City is playing favourites by only helping some flooded communities « Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign

[...] some well-located open and serviced land where they can build their own houses (not TRAs like blikkiesdorp which are worse than informal settlements ).  But the government would rather sell off its land to [...]

5 10 2009
UN affiliated NGO asks the City to reconsider Symphony Way’s eviction to Blikkiesdorp which will be decided in Court on Wednesday « Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign

[...] City wants to put us in Blikkiesdorp but we refuse to move there. In Blikkiesdorp our children will not be safe. There are too many [...]

17 10 2009
Shaun Roland

It was promised by the housing minister that squater camp will be completely eradicated but the City want to erect a BLIKKIESDORP/ SQUATTER CAMPS/UNFIT FOR HUMAN DWELLING ETC
Have the City of Cape Town got no feeling for our people ?
Perhaps the Mayor or The Premier would like to live in one of those inhuman living dwelling. I am going to the Human Rights Commission on this matter. To think that want to impose on Atlantis that already have a insurmountable task in catering to the needs of our people. High uemployment, insufficient schooling, poor service delivery, health systems that has been struggling and failing greatly in providing basic health care to our people.
We want the City’s help YES ! But we DON’T want more health and social issues. Please PROVIDE PROPER HOUSING !! Say No to Shacks…Yes to decent homes !

12 02 2010
Ashraf Jooma

Reminds one of the Nazi concentration camps, and our own Bantustans, Barbed wire and all. With Policing!

5 03 2010
Die Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft und die Slums « Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign

[...] einem einzigen Raum leben müssen. Das Wellblech lässt sich locker mit einer Schere aufschneiden (zu den Fotos der Anti-Eviction-Campaign …). Die Hütten stehen auf einer weiten staubigen. Jeweils vier Bewohner müssen sich [...]

25 03 2010
Telling the world that neither this City nor the World Cup works for us! « Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign

[...] the new stadium, 150 poor residents were evicted without any alternative. Maybe they will end up in Blikkiesdorp where the City is trying to dump all of Cape Town’s [...]

30 03 2010
message from abathali « TwoWorlds2010

[...] the new stadium, 150 poor residents were evicted without any alternative. Maybe they will end up in Blikkiesdorp where the City is trying to dump all of Cape Town’s [...]

1 04 2010
Life in ‘Tin Can Town’ for the South Africans evicted ahead of World Cup #the guardian #world cup 2010 | soccer ts

[...] housing" for about 650 people who had been illegally occupying buildings. To visitors, the column after column of one-room shacks, each spraypainted with a designated code number, are disturbingly reminiscent of District 9, last [...]

1 04 2010
Guardian: Life in ‘Tin Can Town’ for the South Africans evicted ahead of World Cup « Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign

[...] housing” for about 650 people who had been illegally occupying buildings. To visitors, the column after column of one-room shacks, each spraypainted with a designated code number, are disturbingly reminiscent of District 9, last [...]

2 04 2010
Evicted to Tin Can Town: ‘It’s worse than apartheid’ | We-found-it

[...] housing” for most 650 grouping who had been illicitly occupying buildings. To visitors, the column after article of one-room shacks, apiece spraypainted with a designated cipher number, are disturbingly reminiscent of District 9, [...]

2 04 2010
News » Blog Archive » Evicted to Tin Can Town: ‘It’s worse than apartheid’

[...] housing” for about 650 people who had been illegally occupying buildings. To visitors, the column after column of one-room shacks, each spraypainted with a designated code number, are disturbingly reminiscent of District 9, last [...]

2 04 2010
Headlines RSS » Evicted to Tin Can Town: ‘It’s worse than apartheid’

[...] housing” for about 650 people who had been illegally occupying buildings. To visitors, the column after column of one-room shacks, each spraypainted with a designated code number, are disturbingly reminiscent of District 9, last [...]

3 04 2010
Life in South African ‘Tin Can Town’ : Footballfeed.net

[...] housing” for about 650 people who had been illegally occupying buildings. To visitors, the column after column of one-room shacks, each spraypainted with a designated code number, are disturbingly reminiscent of District 9, last [...]

27 05 2010
Section socialiste de l'île de Ré » A l’ombre des stades fleurit la misère

[...] temporaire pour le maire du Cap ou camp de concentration pour ses habitants, vous êtes à Blikkiesdorp ! Ses habitants disent avoir été expulsés de force de leurs anciens logements et installés ici [...]

12 06 2010
πάθος, αντιπερισπασμός, καταστολή: παγκόσμιο κύπελλο ποδοσφαίρου « L'Enfant de la Haute Mer

[...] Περισσότερεσ φωτογραφίες: ‘Blikkiesdorp’, the Symphony Way TRA [...]

14 06 2010
Bliekkiesdorp - SDRENG - Gruppo SDRENG o gruppo di pazzi?

[...] Prima di guardare la partita di stasera, magari prima date un occhiata anche a dove vivono queste persone. [...]

27 07 2010
The Playing Field

[...] more, visit the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign, an organization that hosted the “Poor People’s World Cup” — a series of [...]

16 05 2011
A Copa do Mundo é nossa? | Ah!Cidade

[...] em consideração o destino de milhares de famílias pobres que foram desalojadas na África do Sul para a realização da última Copa do Mundo, as [...]

1 08 2011
Arthur

Despicable. They are still there, about 18000 people, approx 7000 of which are children. It is in serious disrepair. Kids play in filth. Gangs have taken over and there is now a drug war going on. Already children are being caught in the crossfire and being killed in revenge murders. Governments lack of action is inexcusable and should be viewed in the same light as crimes against humanity.

17 08 2011
news and opinion : Black hat and Nimbus Design Solutions | Black hat and Nimbus

[...] Either way, I truly hope that the WDC 2014 bid or event won’t follow in the footsteps of the Football World Cup and perpetuate the kind of “sanitization” of the central city that so cheerfully contributed to horrors like Blikkiesdorp. [...]

17 08 2011
Cape Town World Design Capital 2014 – WDC 2014 – World Design Capital | Black hat and Nimbus

[...] Either way, I truly hope that the WDC 2014 bid or event won’t follow in the footsteps of the Football World Cup and perpetuate the kind of “sanitization” of the central city that so cheerfully contributed to horrors like Blikkiesdorp. [...]

6 01 2012
The Cape Town model, state violence and military urbanism : Bay Patrol

[...] (TRA) associated with the project. The DA managed Symphonthy Way TRA ( better know as Blikkiesdorp) greeted its new residents with government built corrugated iron shacks, barbed wired fencing, access [...]

6 01 2012
The Cape Town model, state violence and military urbanism | training south africa

[...] (TRA) associated with the project. The DA managed Symphonthy Way TRA ( better know as Blikkiesdorp) greeted its new residents with government built corrugated iron shacks, barbed wired fencing, access [...]




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