Monday, April 23, 2007

Transforming Johannesburg Into A "World Class City"

South Africa and Brazil will both want to show the world the best their countries have to offer, so it's only logical that we're getting stories like this one out of Johannesburg. Money quote:
The country's Supreme Court of Appeal recently allowed Johannesburg City, which has two world-cup stadiums, to evict 300 squatters from inner-city buildings classified as unsafe by the Johannesburg municipality.

Johannesburg has evicted thousands of the country's poorest people from 125 buildings since the 2001 launch of its urban renewal plan for 235 buildings on its list of "bad buildings," mainly hotel and apartment block construction and refurbishment.
This is just one of the many stories concerning the poor that we'll be hearing about as we get closer to both the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

Poor Squatters Make Way for 2010 World Cup [World Press Review]


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