• Short Summary

    In Salisbury, the Rhodesian government is planning the demolition of a shanty township which has sprung up in the suburb of Harari.

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    In Salisbury, the Rhodesian government is planning the demolition of a shanty township which has sprung up in the suburb of Harari.

    SYNOPSIS: The township has become known in Salisbury as "Plastic Town" because of the most common material used in the construction of the hundreds of temporary dwellings which have been erected. Most of the shacks are made from pieces of cardboard, plastic and tin and covered in sheets of black plastic tarpaulin which gave the slum its name.

    The African Administration Department of the Rhodesian government said the residents of the shanty townships would be resettled in municipal townships if they were eligible. A Department spokesman said many residents were unhoused workers who were delighted to be moving to better accommodation. More than 200 people had already been interviewed to see if they qualified for residency in a municipal township. The clearing exercise is expected to take three to four weeks.

    At its peak there were more than 850 makeshift dwellings in the area, and new shacks were being built at the rate of ten a week. The slum had spread over an area of ten hectares (25 acres) and a thriving market had sprung up to cater for the needs of residents. The relocation exercise is similar to one carried out eight months ago when 10,000 squatters were moved from the Derbyshire area to Zengeza Township near Salisbury.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5GX8EGUFH8C7FUPLIQZX3ABHK
    Media URN:
    VLVA5GX8EGUFH8C7FUPLIQZX3ABHK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/07/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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