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Phomolong residents relocated
A man reads the Daily Sun in Phomolong.

Phomolong residents relocated
Shacks were taken apart and building material moved to the new location.

Phomolong residents relocated
People dismantled their shacks to use the material at the new location.

Phomolong residents relocated
Red ants loaded doors and walls onto trucks to relocate.

Phomolong residents relocated
People dismantled their homes in the early morning sun.

Phomolong residents relocated
A man pulling out nails out of the roof of his shack.

Phomolong residents relocated
A school learner walks past a family’s belongings on his way to school.

Phomolong residents relocated
A mother gathers her family’s belongings.

Phomolong residents relocated
Men pack up their house contents.

Phomolong residents relocated
Men gathering the corrugated iron to build houses again at the new location.

Phomolong residents relocated
A child ducks to get out of the way of a corrugated iron sheet.

Phomolong residents relocated
 A man use a pick to dismantle his house.

Phomolong residents relocated
Hunderends of shack were dismantled in the Phomolong area.

Phomolong residents relocated
People used various tools to dismantle their homes.

Phomolong residents relocated

Two children died after a water pipe exploded in Phomolong informal settlement in Mamelodi, Pretoria.  Residents have been trying to get government to improve their situation for years.  After the drowning and flooding some of the residents have been relocated to a safer area with more services.  I went with fellow photojournalist Franco Megannon to document the relocation.

Read the stories on Beeld.com:

Waterpyp bars:  2 kinders sterf.

Gebarste pyp:  Raad se niks oor verblyf.

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