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 … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Velile Waxa has left the ANC to become an Independent. He’s contesting Ward 4 (White Location) in Knysna. His participation in the elections must concern the ANC and the KUC (Knysna Unity Congress) as he’s well known and, apparently, well liked. Waxa was previously a large figure in the Knysna ANC. In fact, he led their campaign for the 2011 elections. He was, suddenly, without reasoning, replaced by Stephen de Vries (who went on to lead the party as main opposition the past 4 years). The ANC call it “redeployment” but it’s often an abuse of power. It’s damaging the … ‘Click here to read full article…’
The challenge of living in White Location (“Witlokasie” in Afrikaans) is in the news. White Location is one of Knysna’s poorest suburbs yet ironically closest to middle class suburbia. Ahead of the 2016 Municipal Elections and on the day the DA’s Mmusi Maimane paid a visit, journalist Tammy Petersen was there to interview residents. Here’s an extract: LIFE HASN’T CHANGED “I’m telling you, this place is exactly the same as it was over 10 years ago, except a couple of houses have been built for a few people. I am still living with the same problems I had in 2006 … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Protests by the poor are this decade’s zeitgeist (spirit of the age). There was another service delivery protest in Knysna yesterday as residents from White Location marched to hand Mayor Georlene Wolmarans demands for electricity, toilets and housing. Such actions stir mixed feelings inside of me. As my readers will know, i’m highly critical of Knysna’s dishonest DA but ANC shirts leading anti-DA placards smacks of hypocrisy. How many of these same people protested when the ANC was in charge?