Published by GroundUp


Former District Six resident Youssouf Blou lives on vacant land near Salt River station. To put “a candle and bread on the table”, he and the other members of the 20 or so households in the settlement collect cardboard and plastic for recycling.

The “Under the Bridge” settlement is on a piece of land previously owned by Transnet which was transferred to the City of Cape Town in 2011. There is no water, electricity or sanitation. Residents have to walk to the nearby “The Stables” settlement in Bromwell Street for water.

Some families live in the burned-out ruin of a building, which they say used to be a railway police station, and some in shacks under a traffic bridge. Residents say the first families started living here just before 1994.

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