Video: The Housing Assembly - Decent Housing for All

15 July 2015 - 12:00pm
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Twenty one years after apartheid ended, South Africa is still one of the most unequal societies in the world. Housing is at the core of this inequality and it is visibly reflected in the overcrowded Eastern Suburbs of Cape Town.

The film tells the story of the Housing Assembly, a social movement in the Western Cape and partner of War on Want.

The Housing Assembly was formed in 2009 to address housing inequality in Cape Town. They organise shack dwellers, back-yarders, people living in Transit Camps and those lving in social housing. The Housing Assembly is represented in over 20 communities and has 6,500 members and over 400 frontline activists. The struggle for housing in South Africa is a struggle against the violence of neoliberalism which acts with particular intensity towards the poor and working class Black men, women and children. The struggle for housing also represents the disillusionment of millions of poor people who feel that the promise of better lives for all, made in 1994, has been broken.

Ebrahiem Fourie, a Housing Assembly activist, says of the Housing Assembly: "We have to build this Housing Assembly so that we can realise our dream of decent housing for all. Our dream can only be realised if we organise. It is only us, the poor, the working class that can really liberate ourselves. It is imperative for me to do this". 

War on Want is hosting two activists from the Housing Assembly. Faeza Meyer and Josephine Abrahams are in the UK from the 6 - 17 July 2015 as part of a speaker tour to raise awareness of the housing struggles in South Africa and to connect with UK and other international activists to build global resistance against neoliberal violence. Join Faeza, Josephine and War on Want at a free workshop for activists on 15 July 2015 and for an evening of discussion, documentaries, spoken word and music

Spatial Planning in Cape Town 

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