Racial Discrimination in Housing impacts Health & Wealth

The effects of the Wealth distribution can also be traced to the location a person resides and sure enough that place can be identified as predominately residence of a particular race. Dependent on the race and class will have direct effect upon the unequal access to education, employment, transportation and accommodation. This exposes communities of colour disproportionately to environmental hazards and areas likely to experience anti-social behaviour.

 

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The effects of the wealth distribution can also be traced to the location a person resides and sure enough that place can be identified as predominately residence of a particular race.

Dependent on the race and class will have direct effect upon the unequal access to education, employment, transportation and accommodation.

This exposes communities of colour disproportionately to environmental hazards and areas likely to experience anti-social behaviour.

It is also common that those with the wealthy financial heritage are constrained and confined to their choices, which will naturally result in housing, education and employment. This indirectly enables the security of White homes that appreciate in value and generate assets passed down to subsequent generations whilst others are forced to remain limited with aspirations to purchase their own home.

The housing and school segregation for Blacks will most result in ill-equipped building where they are taught by inexperienced teachers and surrounded by classmates from similar backgrounds. The classroom sizes will be overcrowded and many of the children would suffer untreated disabilities.

White communities will have access to parks, playground, fresh food, and community education centres. Black areas most often suffer disproportionate exposure to polluted air, water, food, and neglected and derelict services. People of colour are generally relegated to places which become prime sites for rubbish and toxic-waste dumps, incinerator, motorways and factories.

 

Segregation-related to education inequality, racialised policing strategies, mismatch between the location of employment and the communities’ selection of supermarkets, fast-food outlets and betting shops alike.

 

 

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A time for us to remember – Lest we forget

Among the first to be killed was 13-year old Hector Pieterson. The photograph of a local boy carrying his body, with Pieterson’s sister at his side, sparked international outrage when it was printed in newspapers around the world the following day.

South Africans are celebrating four decades since the 1976 Soweto uprising.

An estimated 176 school children were shot and killed by the apartheid regime for marching against the enforcement of Afrikaans in schools.

High school students started to encourage each other to take part in a protest march against the apartheid governments decision to force schools to teach all subjects in Afrikaans.

Many Soweto residents today still salute the youth of 1976 for their contribution to todays South Africa.

There are no longer separate spaces for white and black people, said Oupa Moloto, one of the students who marched in the uprising, who is now a coordinator of the June 1976 Foundation Project in Soweto.

He says South Africa and Soweto in particular are better places today because of the sacrifice made by the youth of 1976.

 


source:http://www.dw.com/en/remembering-soweto-40-years-on-educational-inequality-remains/a-19332019?.

Free and Still Disadvantaged

Maybe it has to do with equal opportunities – but we know theoretically that our Constitution so well written as definitely ensured that section 9 clearly states in that:

“Everyone is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection and benefit of the law. Every person is therefore entitled to equal treatment by our courts. No one is above the law and all persons are impartially subject to the law.” [i]

Many Black people yet believe that the racial inequality suffered them have disadvantaged them to have taken opportunities that is now been made available.

However, some critics would say that equal opportunities do exist and were once Blacks were segregated and disfranchised have now been given more than they have had and therefore the problems they experience today are of their own peril. Some would even go as far to say that inequality exists between the races are due to the cultural differences in that Black people commit more crimes, they have less marriages and more children and that Black people don’t value education. Unable to budget thereby lavishly buying expensive and extravagant possessions without regard for future preparation.

Conversely, in contrast another critic could easily show how White families today have been directly benefiting from the unfair gains and unjust enrichments made possible by past and present forms of racial discrimination.

It is evident that there are also rights which protect the assets and advantages that Whites have inherited from their ancestors. Many will contest vigorously such claims without considering the direct and indirect legislature policies which had advantaged Whites for which Blacks would have not qualified. Discrimination in government policies which affects property prices, lending, education, employment and not forgetting those who had forcibly taken land from Blacks without compensation.

Therefore, money passed down across generations through inheritance, will definitely have an effect in the present creating other opportunities for their dependants.

Growing up within Apartheid South Africa, I saw first hand how the segregation of races influences a community. White schools which was only for Whites had better facilities and better trained teachers. Everyone knows that when you live within a community where your neighbours are the Bankers, Lawyers, Estate Agents etc. it gives them access to insider information

 

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[i] What does the South African Constitution say about your Human Rights? The DOJ & CD, page 5 - Fundamentals of Real Estate Practice, quoted in Colin Gordon, Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008), 83

 

Why Are we not Free?

What has happened to the aspirations of Madiba’s vision? How is it possible that in such a short period of time, after we had vowed never to return to the land labelled by racial identity and yet the very reality and tragedy of our present is having to address the racial tension which is dividing our country?

 

At the Annual Nobel Peace Prize, Nelson Mandela said,

“At the southern tip of the continent of Africa, a rich reward is in the making, an invaluable gift is in the preparation, for those who suffered in the name of all humanity when they sacrificed everything — for liberty, peace, human dignity and human fulfilment.

This reward will not be measured in money. Nor can it be reckoned in the collective price of the rare metals and precious stones that rest in the bowels of the African soil we tread in the footsteps of our ancestors. It will and must be measured by the happiness and welfare of the children, at once the most vulnerable citizens in any society and the greatest of our treasures.

The children must, at last, play in the open field, no longer tortured by the pangs of hunger or ravaged by disease or threatened with the scourge of ignorance, molestation and abuse, and no longer required to engage in deeds whose gravity exceeds the demands of their tender years.

In front of this distinguished audience, we commit the new South Africa to the relentless pursuit of the purposes defined in the World Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children.

The reward of which we have spoken will and must also be measured by the happiness and welfare of the mothers and fathers of these children, who must walk the earth without fear of being robbed, killed for political or material profit, or spat upon because they are beggars.

They too must be relieved of the heavy burden of despair which they carry in their hearts, born of hunger, homelessness and unemployment.

The value of that gift to all who have suffered will and must be measured by the happiness and welfare of all the people of our country, who will have torn down the inhuman walls that divide them.

These great masses will have turned their backs on the grave insult to human dignity which described some as masters and others as servants, and transformed each into a predator whose survival depended on the destruction of the other”. 

What has happened to the aspirations of Madiba’s vision? How is it possible that in such a short period of time, after we had vowed never to return to the land labelled by racial identity and yet the very reality and tragedy of our present is having to address the racial tension which is dividing our country?

Why are we are so focused on our racial differences? Why are we so sensitive to trust or be free?

Although many have had to sacrifice for the prized Constitution South Africa portrays as the achievement yet many still believe to be imprisoned by injustice and racial inequality. I hear the Whites and the Western world so clearly reminding those who “feel” injustice that Apartheid has been dismantled and that the Law recognises that no one group enjoys privilege above all others. South Africa enjoys freedom of belief and opinion, which means that we are free to follow the dictates of conscience but in practice, how true is this?

 

Dear His Excellency the President of South Africa

Sir, when people say that you are single-handedly destroying this country – I say nonsense, if you get to see what millions see every day of the incompetent staff at the utility companies, lazy councillors and those who think too highly of themselves trying to re-enact the accusations you were charged now rubbishing your legacy of invincibility.

Dear His Excellency the President of South Africa,

Humble citizen I am have decided to publicly apologise for doubting your intellect and qualifications. You do not realise it, but you are teaching us all of your supernatural powers to overcome all obstacles. Despite what others are throwing on your path – you show resilience and tenacity of a Zulu Warrior. I’m sure that Shaka must be looking down at you and learning a few manoeuvres himself hoping to apply it possibly in his next life.

Sir, when people say that you are single-handedly destroying this country – I say nonsense, if you get to see what millions see every day of the incompetent staff at the utility companies, lazy councillors and those who think too highly of themselves trying to re-enact the accusations you were charged now rubbishing your legacy of invincibility.

These groups of people who run the municipalities are the reason this country is failing! They work half day and move at a pace of slow, dead and died! So no, we cannot blame you, this would be unfair for those that run the country think they are you!

There can only be one Mr One!

Jokers from my Week!

When they rocked up at my property today after abandoning a burst pipe for more than 56 hours they came with NO TOOLS! Yes, these professional jokers arrived on site without any equipment, not even a spare pipe! Foolishly they came to us requesting for a spare pipe to mend the damage?!

I can only assume that the Customer Relations Manager at Joburg Water must have seen my blogs, signage and social media articles, which have now resulted in them taking a drastic measure by shutting down our water supply and believing that they are punishing us. Whether deliberate or not, one can only make an educated guess at the motives of a company moved by emotional impulses?

Case & Point!

When they rocked up at my property today after abandoning a burst pipe for more than 56 hours they came with NO TOOLS! Yes, these professional jokers arrived on site without any equipment, not even a spare pipe!  Foolishly they came to us requesting for a spare pipe to mend the damage?!joker
We were initially taken aback believing that Joburg Water is a professional blue-chip company, but instead I now can confirm and affirm that they definitely have the chip but assuredly without the “blue”. For requesting the customer to assist them definitely makes them the “Jokers from my Week”!

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A Picture from my day!

On a busy main road this morning I happened to see a common site most South Africans would, to that are the beggars at the traffic junctions. However, I must admit this was my first time witnessing such a desperate and reckless beggar on his knees on a very busy motorway junction.

On a busy main road this morning I happened to see a common site most South Africans would, to that are the beggars at the traffic junctions. However, I must admit this was my first time witnessing such a desperate and reckless beggar on his knees on a very busy motorway junction.

Many of these beggars are not South African, they have come into the country illegally by bribing officers at the border controls. Gilbert (27), a Zimbabwean told me how easy it is to come into South Africa without proper documentation. He mentioned that it usually cost R2500 to bribe the border control officers. Once they arrive in the country – many cannot find jobs and some don’t have enough to find accommodation thereby the parks have become illegal migrant havens to sleep, bathe and congregate.

Many of such individuals have no identity proof, there are no records of their existence in South Africa and thus it is the perfect condition for organised crime. Much of Johannesburg is slowly being taken over by such migrants with dilapidated, unsanitary and informal businesses on the road-side all trying to make a living.

Upper Houghton Estate fearful of the lower classes?

Apartheid was the segregation of people groups based upon the colour of their skin. However I believe it is still alive and kicking in an evolved state. Therefore even in a “non-apartheid” era many are still having things soft – in 2006, it was noted that twenty years on 70% of the land is owned by Whites. Whites make up approximately 4.5 to 5 million, or nearly 9% of South Africa’s population.

Apartheid was the segregation of people groups based upon the colour of their skin. However I believe it is still alive and kicking in an evolved state. Today many White South Africans can be grateful to the wealth and good education their parents and ancestors laboured for. Case and point to which the Upper Houghton boundary signboard proudly displays “Heritage and Education”. Heritage of their ancestors and education for the elite to those who can afford the school fees in Houghton Estate. Therefore even in a “non-apartheid” era many are still having things soft – in 2006, it was noted that twenty years on 70% of the land is owned by Whites. Whites make up approximately 4.5 to 5 million, or nearly 9% of South Africa’s population.

Upper Houghton is a predominately White neighbourhood with large mansions and in times gone by it was home to the gold miners. Today I was appalled to see how once a White minority controlled the settlement of the masses and instructed everyone else where to live and work. However today many of these Whites are creating fortresses with 10ft walls, 24/7 security staff and sophisticated alarms, and today to my disgust… they are closing of public roads!

IMG_0211.JPGPublic roads are being closed so that the privilege would have that added security. When I asked a local why this was the case I was told because of the crime. But what of the locations and working class properties, my builder was burgled last week! I don’t see the working class requesting the roads to be closed.

Many of these White suburbs have created their own Residents Association to which is predominately comprised of middle-classed Whites who actually instruct the Johannesburg Council on how to operate.  So fearful are the Whites in such areas that they are strategically safeguarding their inheritance by cleverly devised schemes to which yet oppresses their non-white neighbours and to which I can share first hand experience.

These dividing gates must come down and they should have the same treatment of any resident and we find such gated areas predominately in White areas.  I believe this is an injustice that cording off public access for their own benefit is liken to the ancestors who restricted access to those non-deserving!

Maxwell’s Spaza Shop…

At the imaginary line between Upper Houghton and Yeoville is Maxwell’s Spaza Shop. There are no clear demarcation of this boundary between these two areas – only the visible signs of the cleaned, treelined streets with huge Mansions and well manicured lawns. As you make the transition into Yeoville, the houses are mostly in disrepair and unkept with shops such as Maxwell’s in front where once a carport or garden.

At the imaginary line between Upper Houghton and Yeoville is Maxwell’s Spaza Shop. There are no clear demarcation of this boundary between these two areas – only the visible signs of the cleaned, treelined streets with huge Mansions and well manicured lawns. As you make the transition into Yeoville, the houses are mostly in disrepair and unkept with shops such as Maxwell’s in front where once a carport or garden.

IMG_0118Maxwell is from Nigeria, and recently moved into the neighbourhood. As I stood chatting with him while he prepared his food to later sell in the evening. The tiled floor dirty, and the large enamel bowl filled with chicken pieces to place on a skewer despite the warm temperature and the absence of hygiene to using gloves, proper counters – Maxwell uses what he has to earn a living.

Loving your neighbour as you love yourself is not the creed in Upper Houghton as much of the locals wishing to segregate themselves from Yeoville. Ignorant and oblivious to the fact that slowly Yeoville is taking over – as property after property is being exchanged to wealthy Nigerians. There are talks of closing the road so that these neighbours don’t contaminate their posh neighbourhoods.

Astonishingly this demarcation is also shared politically of that being ANC and DA. The matter of love and goodwill to ones neighbours are bankrupt in this neighbourhood, for status and wealth are the keys to acceptance.