Suburb blows fuse as students ‘turn it into slum’

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Suburb blows fuse as students ‘turn it into slum’

Westdene-Sophiatown locals say they worry about property value, but a town planner thinks this is an overreaction

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Westdene and Sophiatown residents in Johannesburg are infuriated by the mushrooming of student accommodation close to their properties, claiming the students are turning their suburb into a shantytown.

“It’s slums everywhere. In a way, this will depreciate the value of our properties. In fact, a lot of people in the streets are leaving the area; some are abandoning their houses as they can’t sell. It’s terrible,” said resident Nicolas Rosenblum, a retired jeweller.

He is not happy with having to share a street with his new neighbours: Uni-stay accommodation...

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