Poor families won’t stoop as plush estate rises around them

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Poor families won’t stoop as plush estate rises around them

As the massive Sky City development takes shape, 50 families fight for land they have occupied for decades

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Paul Mojaki stands in the shadow of the house his parents built on Waterval Farm near Alberton, Gauteng, watching a mammoth housing development rise around them.

The Sky City development – home to thousands of residential stands, retail outlets and a school – is an unlikely harbinger for Mojaki’s family and nearly 50 others, who face eviction to make way for a burgeoning modern housing estate.

“It was a surprise when they came to us. It was never a consultation; the entire process has been forced upon us. They gave us a black and white choice: if you don’t accept relocation, then [you] face eviction,” he said...

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