• Cape Town community desperate as homes are demolished

    (Republished from GroundUp.org.za) Hundreds of people were left homeless at Nomzamo settlement in Strand on Tuesday. Shacks were smashed down while their owners watched. Sonwabile Sango came home from work on Monday to find his shack demolished and his possessions gone. “I came from work late yesterday afternoon and I just saw police and people […]

  • Over three quarters of Accra’s residents live in urban slums

    The People’s Dialogue on Human Settlement, upon forming a localised definition of a slum, established that 80% of Accra’s residents live in slum conditions. CEO Farouk Braimah said, “There are basically two definitions we can ascribe to a slum. We identified five key areas; the one that talks about improved sanitation, the one that talks […]

  • The toxic truth about Abidjan

    More than six years after the dumping of large quantities of toxic waste in the Ivory Coast, there is still nothing to stop a similar disaster in developing countries because politicians and courts have failed to learn from the lessons, a new report has found. In 2009, the Guardian fought a landmark legal battle to reveal the […]