No Land! No House! No Vote! (book)

No Land! No House! No Vote! Voices from Symphony Way is an anthology published in 2011 of 45 factual tales written and edited by the Symphony Way Pavement Dwellers.

No Land! No House! No Vote! Voices from Symphony Way
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AuthorSymphony Way Pavement Dwellers
CountrySouth Africa
LanguageEnglish, Afrikaans
SubjectLand Rights, Civil Rights. Citizenship
GenreNon-fiction
Published1 March 2011 Pambazuka Press (first edition)
Media typePaperback
Pages160
ISBN9781906387846 (pbk.)
9780857490308 (ebook - pdf)

The foreword to the book is written by activist and author Raj Patel and the introduction is penned by Miloon Kothari, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing.

SummaryEdit

The book follows hundreds of shackdwellers in the township of Delft in Cape Town. The stories are real-life accounts of the struggle of the Symphony Way Pavement Dwellers. In early 2007, they were moved into houses they had been waiting for since the end of Apartheid but soon were told that the move had been illegal and they were removed from their new homes. In protest, they occupied Symphony Way, a main road opposite the housing project. It soon blossomed into a settlement of hundreds of shacks inhabited by organised protesting families. It became known as Symphony Way and was the home ground of the Symphony Way Anti-Eviction Campaign, whose membership vowed to stay on the road until the government gave them permanent housing.[1][2]

The community was eventually evicted after almost two years occupying Symphony Way. They were moved to the Blikkiesdorp temporary relocation area where they are still struggling for land and housing.[3][4]

In his forward, Raj Patel says that the book is "both testimony and poetry" and contributor Conway Payn "opens the door to a world of compassion, of fellow-suffering, that holds you firm." [5] The introduction is contributed by Miloon Kothari, who was United Nations Special Rapporteur on adequate housing between 2000 and 2008.[6]

ThemesEdit

The overall theme in the book is the shackdwellers' struggle for land, housing and dignity as human beings. However, the stories also cover many general issues within poor communities including relationships and physical abuse. The authors' concerns range from safety on "their" road to the impending eviction because of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[7][8][9]

Another recurring theme throughout the anthology is how the struggle enabled the pavement dwellers to build a strong community on the road.[10]

ReceptionEdit

Journalist and author Naomi Klein said that the book is "A beauty, extraordinary in every way."[11][12] Critical geographer Michael Watts, called the book "a clarion call for basic human rights and for human dignity".[12]

Historian and anti-apartheid activist, Martin Legassick, says in his review of the book for Amandla! Magazine: "I wish I could bury the noses of Tokyo Sexwale and Bonginkosi Madikazela in its pages. Everyone should buy this book and read it".[13] In his review in Red Pepper Magazine he says that the book is "a remarkable and moving volume, charged with emotion and satiated with reasonableness".[14]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2011: Year of interesting books coming". NigerianCompass.
  2. ^ "No Land! No House! No Vote!". Thinking Africa. Archived from the original on 26 March 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
  3. ^ CT to evict pavement dwellers News24
  4. ^ Symphony Way is not dead. We are still Symphony Way. We will always be Symphony Way. Archived 2 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine Anti-Eviction Campaign
  5. ^ Patel, Raj (2011). "The Symphony Way". Raj Patel. Archived from the original on 1 August 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context". OHCHR. 2008. Archived from the original on 25 May 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  7. ^ "No Land! No House! No Vote! Voices from Symphony Way". Fahamu Books. Archived from the original on 1 February 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  8. ^ "2011: Year of interesting books coming". NigerianCompass.
  9. ^ No Land! No House! No Vote!: Voices from Symphony Way [Paperback]. ASIN 1906387842.
  10. ^ "Review: Street people book their place on library shelf". Cape Argus.
  11. ^ "No Land! No House! No Vote!: Voices from Symphony Way". Thinking Africa.[dead link]
  12. ^ a b "No Land! No House! No Vote! Voices from Symphony Way". LibCom. Archived from the original on 27 June 2019. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  13. ^ [1] Review by Martin Legassick,Amandla Magazine.
  14. ^ Review: No Land! No House! No Vote! Voices from Symphony Way, Martin Legassick, Red Pepper Magazine

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