• Short Summary

    Sophiatown - famous African quarter of Johannesburg - is fast disappearing as its houses and buildings are demolished under a Government Bantu Resettlement Board clearance scheme.

  • Description

    Sophiatown - famous African quarter of Johannesburg - is fast disappearing as its houses and buildings are demolished under a Government Bantu Resettlement Board clearance scheme. Many of the houses have been pulled down at short notice and families are having to sleep and live in huts amid the rubble of their homes as no alternative accommodation has been found for them. Recently there were several hundred people left without proper homes in Sophiatown, where Father Trevor Huddleston worked.

    Last month the Bantu Administration and Development Department denied that any representations had been made to the Resettlement Board about lack of housing caused by demolition. THE African National Congress claims that representations were made, and that a list of families threatened with eviction was handed to the Board by Mr. S. Ramokgadi, A.N.C. secretary in Sophiatown.

    Although much has been done in tackling Johannesburg's African housing problem, some 8,000 families are on the official waiting list for homes, and to these are being added the people evicted from their homes by the demolition men.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA66DM1ABOIP0IF496JEOQCI7X9
    Media URN:
    VLVA66DM1ABOIP0IF496JEOQCI7X9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/10/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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