Archive for March, 2006

Toxic tour: Durban, South Africa

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

D. is a big man, proud of his leadership qualities, and proud of being able to kick the asses of shell and bp corporate directors . . .he takes us to Durban south, where he leaves, and breathe the shit coming out of the refineries, down there in front of the block of flat where we leave him after the toxic tour . . .refineries pouring shit that kids breathe, aunties breathe, mothers breathe, fathers breath . . .they build houses, I mean their houses, right on top of the ridge with a view to the refineries . . . .chemicals fly up, right in their lungs . . .and the pipelines they got to replace not long ago was a great victory,rottenpipe.jpg the damn rusted pipeline that crossed the ridge in between the the refineries valley and the harbor, . . .leeking its shit in the hearth, so much shit, that it appeared one day through the house floors, and even in the swimming pools of those who had one . .. black waters, swim in the shit . . .reparation?, yes, reparation! . . . houses sandwiched in between oil depots, the common condition of detritus, (more…)

rough notes on a point of division: Durban, South Africa

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006

rough notes on a point of division: => I learn that a community is divided on a question of the damp and project of incinerator. Near the Kennedy road, where the poorerst dwellers live in shacks, there is an old dump in a valley being filled for years . . .contradiction between the poorest communities (kennedy road) and the less poor, in a different housing estate, a bit higher up, people living in solid houses and not shacks . . .the latter is a bit further away from the dump. The latter wanted the dump to be removed, while the council wanted to put an incinirator to earn some brownie carbon credit points to contribute to the neoliberal way of dealing with global warning (sic!) . . .the poorest communities wanted the dump out, but the council started to promise house regeneration and other services, a very attractive prospect . . .hence there is here a line of division between the two communities . . .of course the council promises are empty, but is it better to believe empty promises or no promises at all? Will a common be found among the two communities to go beyond a point of division?