• Short Summary

    HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE CALLING THEMSELVES "GOD'S STEPCHILDREN" ARE CURRENTLY LIVING IN THE GRIM SQUALOR OF NEWCLARE COLOURED TOWNSHIP, ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA.

  • Description

    HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE CALLING THEMSELVES "GOD'S STEPCHILDREN" ARE CURRENTLY LIVING IN THE GRIM SQUALOR OF NEWCLARE COLOURED TOWNSHIP, ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA. THEIR HOMES,SUCH AS THEY ARE, THREATEN TO CRASH DOWN AROUND THEM.. WINDOWS ARE BOARDED UP WHERE GLASS PANE HAVE SHATTERED.

    JOHANNESBURG CITY COUNCIL HOPES TO START BUILDING NEW HOUSES FOR THE PEOPLE LIVING AT NEWCLARE. THEY ARE PLANNED TO GO UP AT THE BEGINNING OF NEXT YEAR. BUT AGAIN, THE NATIVE POPULATION WILL LIVE IN A WORLD APART - THIS IS THE POLICY OF APARTHEID, A PRACTISED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC.

    AT NEWCLARE, CEILINGS, ROTTEN WITH AGE, PEEL. WIND HOWLS THROUGH CRUMBLING WALLS, RAIN POURS THROUGH THE ROOFS. SANITATION IS CRUDE - IN MANY CASES NON-EXISTENT. DISEASE IS RIFE. IN THOSE HOUSES WHICH STILL STAND, THERE CAN BE UPWARDS OF SIX PEOPLE TO ONE ROOM. AND RENTS HAVE TO BE PAID PROMPTLY UNDER THREAT OF EVICTION. PROPERTY REPAIRS HAVE TO BE CARRIED OUT BY THE TENANTS THEMSELVES. LANDLORDS, IT IS REPORTED, SELDOM OFFER HELP.

    BUT THE TENANTS KEEP REMARKABLY CHEERFUL. THEY HOPE FOR BETTER TIMES AND PLAY GAMES AND DANCE TO OCCUPY WHAT SPARE TIME THEY HAVE...

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAANRH89JZH6RPS4XFBIQKX2GD
    Media URN:
    VLVAANRH89JZH6RPS4XFBIQKX2GD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/12/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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