Symphony Way Temporary Relocation Area in Delft, Cape Town, better known by its nickname Blikkiesdorp, is a relocation camp made-up of corrugated iron shacks.[1] Blikkiesdorp, which is Afrikaans for “Tin Can Town”, was given its name by residents because of the row-upon-row of tin-like one room structures throughout the settlement.


Blikkiesdorp has also been compared with the alien camp called District 9 from the international hit move on numerous occasions. This even earned it front page spread in the South African Daily Voice.[22][23]

Blikkiesdorp has become well-known for its high crime rate, its substandard living conditions, and its extremely hot or cold, windy and sandy living environment.[61][62] [63][64] NGOs, international human rights organisations, and the Anti-Eviction Campaign have publicly criticised the conditions in Blikkiesdorp and how they say it is used to reinforce the eviction of poor families especially to make way for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[65][66][67] Residents have also threatened to burn down Blikkiesdorp before the World Cup begins because of the bad conditions in the settlement.[68]

Blikkiesdorp has been instrumental in relocating residents evicted from elsewhere in the City. Many evicted residents of Salt River and Woodstock have found themselves in the relocation camp almost 50 kilometers away from town.[24][25] It has been called a dumping ground for unwanted and or homeless people from all over Cape Town.[26] [27] The evicted Symphony Way Pavement Dwellers were moved to Blikkiesdorp in October 2009 after occupying Symphony Way for almost two years.


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