'God forbid! White people are moving into the townships! Crime will go up! Property prices will go down!” This was the greeting Wits doctoral fellow Detlev Krige received when he announced to his companion at a drinking hole in Rockville, Soweto, that he was about to become a neighbour. A recent conference revealed the extent to which <i>ikasi</i> and metropolitan cultures have crossed over, report Sizwe samaYende and Liz McGregor.
South Africa's largest land rights movement, the 20-year-old National Land Committee (NLC), has been brought to its knees by ideological infighting, financial mismanagement and an exodus of member organisations. The crisis, which was set to be debated at an emergency board meeting on Thursday, has already frightened off the foreign donors who funded the NLC's umbrella structure since its inception.
The 30-year deal spearheaded by Britain's BiWater and signed in Mpumalanga's capital Nelspruit in 1999 was supposed to rapidly expand basic water services into the region's impoverished villages without placing a financial burden on the taxpayer.