BRICS Lessons in (Un)sustainable Urbanisation
- In traditionally coloured (mixed-race) Wentworth township, Shell and BP (together using the Sapref refinery) will move the Single Buoy Mooring pipeline that brings in 80 percent of SA’s oil so as toaccommodate the new port, probably disrupting one of the two main beaches traditionally used by South Durban’s black residents.
- The Indian and African farmers on land next to the old airport – the site of the proposed $10 billion privatized “Dig Out Port” – were just given notice they will be evicted by Transnet, an announcement which brought many residents and the South Durban Climate Camp out to a solidarity protest last week.
- The area’s other green lung, the Clairwood Racecourse, is now being redesigned as a trucking logistics site in spite of unanimous opposition in neighbouring Indian suburb of Merebank.
- The historic Indian and African suburb of Clairwood itself remains under heavy pressure from trucking firms taking over and demolishing small houses and yards for parking and repairs, leaving ten residents fatally crushed under their wheels since 2005.
- A bit further southwards, Isipingo residents who will lose their main beach – also enjoyed by predominantly black visitors – are increasingly opposed to the Transnet expansion.
- Indeed, concerned communities of all races, as far north and west as Queensburgh, Pinetown, Sarnia, the Bluff, Umbilo and Glenwood fighting the new trucking routes.