R42-billion Durban shack dweller shame


R42-billion Durban shack dweller shame

Anger in the largest organisation of militant poor in post-apartheid South Africa.

To put it bluntly, the eThekwini Municipality is deep in shit. Shack dwellers from its 569 informal settlements (which comprise about 238,000 households) are growing increasingly angry as they wait for basic services and housing. But it will take more than R42 billion “excluding inflation, and excluding any improvements to the current housing typology” to provide shelter for those households. Durban’s entire annual budget for 2017/2018 is R45bn.

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