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    VARIOUS, CAPE PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA

    A group of 200 black South Africans were living in the open in the Cape Town suburb of Crossroads, after being evicted from a school in January which had housed them during the summer vacation.

  • Description

    1. LV & PAN District Six and surroundings area, with settlement in background TO open plains. (2 SHOTS) 0.16
    2. GV Partly demolished building. 0.18
    3. LV Vacant apartment buildings with rubble from demolished flats. (2 SHOTS) 0.31
    4. GVs Newly renovated housing. (3 SHOTS) 0.47
    5. LV Apartment blocks at Elsies River. 0.55
    6. SVs, GV & PAN Apartment blocks with coloured residents. (3 SHOTS) 1.15
    7. GV PAN & SVs Squatters living in open at Crossroads. (5 SHOTS) 1.33
    8. GV & PAN INTERIOR Squatters inside shanty dwellings. (4 SHOTS) 1.57
    9. GV Children standing among shanties. 2.00
    10. GV Squatters clearing up corrugated iron. 2.07
    11. GVs Children playing in squatter area. (5 SHOTS) 2.33
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    Background: VARIOUS, CAPE PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA

    A group of 200 black South Africans were living in the open in the Cape Town suburb of Crossroads, after being evicted from a school in January which had housed them during the summer vacation. Around the same time (mid-January) the government announced that 20 per cent of District Six in Cape Town was to be handed back to coloureds. The area was proclaimed all-white in 1966. This once thriving coloured community has undergone renovation as a white estate, many buildings were demolished to make way for carparks and other facilities. Some of the former tenants of District Six were moved to apartment buildings at Elsies River on the Cape Flats, 20 kilometres (12 miles) outside Cape Town. By contrast, the homeless people who moved to the Crossroads were living extremely primitive conditions when these scenes were taped on January 15. Originally evicted from their shanty houses in Steenberg, Cape Town, following the serving of demolition orders last December (1982) the black families found temporary refuge in a school, only to be made homeless again at the end of term holidays. Using whatever material they could find, the 200 squatters set up a new shanty town at the Crossroads. The Crossroads has been the scene of violence in recent years after police were sent in to evict shanty town dwellers and burn their shelters.

    Source: REUTERS - MIKE GAVSHON

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9UVXVHO8Y8H9ER1HQ3UOSP15R
    Media URN:
    VLVA9UVXVHO8Y8H9ER1HQ3UOSP15R
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/01/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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