Floods, fires highlight the importance of land expropriation

Poor blacks continue to seek shelter in areas more vulnerable to ecological disasters

A week ago, a fire destroyed about 300 shacks in Langa, a township in Cape Town, affecting about 1,200 people. A week prior, massive floods had swept through KwaZulu-Natal, resulting in damage to over 4,000 homes and the deaths of about 450 people.

The KZN floods are one of the worst recorded ecological disasters in SA. On the surface, these two incidents seem unrelated. The fire in Cape Town, on the far west of the country, swept through an informal settlement...

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