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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

When Signboards Become Shacks...

It's the end of the road!

I found this photograph on the Facebook Page of Freedom Front Plus. I think this is a mild yet brilliant illustration of how far the country has relapsed into a state of Absolute National Chaos (ANC).


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Laager said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

We read so much about poor quality housing for black people, and in the process totally forget about where they came from and what their dwellings were like in their tribal areas in the platteland.

Whatever happened to their traditional house building skills?
Why must everyone live in a brick or concrete block house with a corrugated iron roof?
What is wrong with living in a mud hut?
Black people knew no different and were content with this style of architecture for 1000s of years
Mud huts are infinitely better than these shacks we see in the black squatter camps.

If I was the minister for housing I would do the following.
(1) Find and identify suitable land
(2) Get a bulldozer and create suitable level terraces on which to build.
I have seen shacks in the Knysna area built on steeply sloping land. When it rains a river must flow through these dwellings.
The terraces do not have to be on a rigid grid system.
Take a look at the medieval villages in Europe.
They work perfectly well without a grid system.
(3) Provide a stock pile of materials – saplings, gum poles, thatch, doors and windows
(4) Create plinths 300mm above the terraces.
Each plinth to be the size of a traditional circular rondavel.
This will raise the floors above the possibility of surrounding flood waters
(5) Get a concrete mixer and a water supply and mix the soil removed from the terraces into mud (daga)
You now have a free supply of wall building material
(6) Let the urban homeless people build their own traditional homes just as they build their shacks.
Assist them by encouraging the use of more western style windows for light and ventilation.

The labour is therefore free and much cheaper than employing contractors who will probably cut corners to save money.
The chances are that each self build home owner will take a pride in their work and do a much more thorough job.

When completed they will be pretty well off with a hut in their tribal area and another one in a township near the city of their choice.
As their family increases they build another hut next to the first one and connect the two with a passage or a stoep.

It ain’t rocket science folks!

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

I had quite a wow-moment recently. I'm a pianist and was asked to accompany some singers and chorusses on the piano.

They thought I was going to bring my own piano along! A 100kg+ instrument!!

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Maybe you wHITE folks with your Western-styled housing should move were you originally came from and build brick houses there!

How about that....also not rocket science!....move to the Nederlands!!!

Boerbychoice said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@anonymous - you clearly do not possess an education. As firstly we didnt COME from somewhere else, we were BORN in SA and have as much right to be there (if not more so) than any American or Australian - or would you have them move back to Europe too?

And secondly many of us would love to GET OUT, but sadly the Netherlands and other EU countries would rather have muslims and blacks enter their lands than hard working, honest white south africans. And in fact, give us a small piece of land like the Netherlands and we could do FAR more with it than the dutch can. We work harder, are far more community focussed and are not useless liberal one tracked mind idiots.
How do I know this? Because I live in the Netherlands. But unfortunately most white south africans have to remain in SA and wait their turn on the execution line.

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