Floods, storms, and disasters… How apartheid ensured Gauteng’s poor continue to suffer
Mamelodi residents can be seen in the rain near an informal settlement in an area where 700 shacks reportedly were destroyed during heavy rains, 9 December 2019, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles
With every natural disaster that strikes, it appears to be the poorest among South Africans that bear the brunt. The reason for this is a historical one, as the after-effects of apartheid spatial planning continues to wreak havoc, and the middle class fight against change.