Toxic tour: Durban, South Africa

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, your leukemia, my leukemia, your theview1.jpg child asthma, my child asthma, . . .the “good school” in between refinery plant 1 and refinery plant 2, the commons is the detritus, no grass, no green, only flares . . . .the bastards, shitting on Durban south, with 30-years old technologies they do not dare to use in Denmark. . .flaring in Durban South cost less than not flarring in durban south . . .life here is cheaper, “fuck it!” says D.!. . . . the image of the valley filled of refineries is like the image of a cancer . . .seeing it from this ridge, yes it is a cancer, . . .the preservation of this cancer, the economic “viability” depends on this blob of steel, and chemicals, and pipes, and shit flowing in and out, taking life out of the communityflares.jpg, and giving nothing back . .. well actually only shit . . . .the workers come from 35, 40 kilometers away, they run in their fancy cars. . . .5% of local people is employed by the plant, mostly temporary workers . . .only “benefit”, D. says, is that the pay taxes to the council . . .but nothing comes back to the communities . . .

the house, that house on the ridge symbolizes so much to me, . . . .that house with a view on the refinery, almost like in blade runner film . . . that house is the crystallization of a flow, the coming together of the international division of labour, and of struggle among conati in condition of detritus . . .that house on the ridge, was built by a family with the money of the migrant wife, working in the NHS in London, as a nurse, as a carer . . .house.jpghere is the house of her dreams, where her children breath the good sea air blended with poisonous gasses of cost minimisation . . .

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