Location : Cradock, Eastern Cape

Date: 1982 - Present

Cradock, a rural town with an estimated population of 60 000 residents, is 260km from Port Elizabeth, the closest city, and 800km from Cape Town. The unemployment rate is extremely high and has been increased by the drought over the past three years which has caused many farmers in the areas to retrench the labourers. This has caused a large informal settlement. As with most of our cities and towns. Cradock's planning displays the legacies of apartheid where forced removals separated people and placed buffer zones of open land between race groups.

Under extreme repressive conditions we started working with a group of residents, who had comes as migrant labourers to seek employment in the Western Cape. Meetings were held in secret as any planning of this nature was seen as subversive. No funding was available from within South Africa and only after many organization development workshops were carried out, could fundraising proposals be drawn up and a process of fundraising be embarked on. It wasn’t until 1986 that this proved to be successful and Masizame could build phase I of the scheme. Today, the fruits are visible in the overall integrated restructuring process manifested in the Cradock Vision 2000 initiative. READ MORE

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