- Title: ZAMBIA: OLD KABWATA, LUSAKA'S SLUM OF COLONIAL DAYS IS BEING DEMOLISHED.
- Date: 17th October 1973
- Summary: 1. CV Rondavels built during the colonial days. 0.05 2. GV Modern buildings in street. 0.11 3. GV Rondavels, people and villagers (4 shots) 0.30 4. MV Communal toilet and bathroom. 0.35 5. MV Children drinking from tap. 0.42 6. GV Children seated on small shelter outside building. 0.46 7. MV and GV Children amongst rubbish. 0.58 8. GV and LV Rondavels (2 shots) 1.09 Initials APSM/1600 APSM/1616 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 1st November 1973 12:00
- Location: LUSAKA, ZAMBIA
- Country: Zambia
- Reuters ID: LVA6QUYXNO1NGIXC7COJRZBWQKA9
- Story Text: Workman have finally begun knocking down old Kabwata, a notorious slum of colonial days, near Lusaka, the capital of Zambia.
The Local Government and Housing Minister, Mr. Peter Matoka, has signed a credit agreement for redevelopment with a yugoslavian firm in Belgrade. The deal made a dream come true for the Zambian government. It has been trying to demolish the area since 1965, and the money is now available.
About 1,200 modern homes are gradually going up in place of the thatched roofed huts. The new area will consist of detached houses, flats, shops, markets, clinics and schools.
Until now, about 6,000 people have been living in Old Kabwata's one room rondavels, Families of five and six have had to build smaller structures outside to make enough sleeping space. Toilets and bathrooms are communal and open sewers around them creates a health hazard.
Work started on October 1st. Old Kabata residents are being given priority on housing lists. If no houses are ready when a home is demolished, the occupants are being offered site and service plots. The Government will give those on the sites 200 Kwacha (GBP 150 sterling) worth of building materials to house themselves, and will provide piped water and sanitation.
Mr. Makota has also had talks with the World Bank about a big loan to improved or demolish all the country's shanty compounds.
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