It’s cold up on that hill of poor people that overlooks the riches of Knysna. Instead of developers taking advantage of the best view in Knysna, White Location is home to tin shacks and small houses.
The Great Fire of Knysna has left 1000 homeless, some living in community halls but with most squeezing in with family members and friends already living in challenging conditions.
Children of Winter play among broken glass, nails, crumbling concrete and rusty corrugated sheets.
Not wanting the too-often-forgotten excluded from an independent documentary about human spirit, i took a film crew there yesterday. Unlike the amazing stories of bravery and community fight back we had discovered in Knysna Central and Brenton, here there was only worry for survival.
But there is hope. Earlier, residents had, in turn, danced and sang to President Jacob Zuma and Premier Helen Zille. If promises are kept, White Location may be better off than ever before with 200 houses on the way.