Speakers: Simphiwe Magwaza, Simangele Manzi, Thando Manzi, Niki Moore, Knut Nustad, Jabulile Wanda and Philani Zulu
Date: Thursday, 15 August, 2013
Venue: CCS Seminar Room 602, 6th Floor, MTB Tower, Howard College, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Conditions in the historically contested Durban township of Cato Manor continue to reflect the travails of urban South African society, what with rampant poverty, inequality, unemployment and violence. Differences between dissatisfied residents from formal housing sections and from shack settlements are occasionally overcome through joint protest, especially on Bellaire Road, although after one set of demonstrations late last month linking two diverse wards (both of whose councillors had become unpopular), one of the leaders of the Ward 101 shack settlement, Nkululeko Gwala, was murdered. This followed incitement by leading politicians in the wake of the burning of the councillors’ offices. In this context of political turmoil, Cato Manor residents survive their daily struggle through many techniques. A survey of 150 residents by young CCS scholars will be presented, alongside an historical overview (drawing on a Cambridge PhD thesis) and recent investigative-journalist research by Niki Moore.
Thando Manzi, Philani Zulu, Jabulile Wanda and Simphiwe Magwaza are students associated with a CCS research project; Niki Moore is an independent journalist (with 7th Avenue Communications) who recently analysed Cato Manor for the Daily Maverick. Knut Nustad is Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, and Associate Professor in the Department of International Environment
and Development Studies at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Oslo.