Thursday, 28 January 2016

Namibia, Windhoek: driving through Katutura suburb video 1 | Катутура - черный район Виндхука

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Namibia - Windhoek's Katutura suburb video

Driving through Katutura - suburb of Namibian capital


Part 1

Katutura - rich history:
Councillors Alfred Mungunda and Joshua Kamberipa called the township Katutura, which means, "We do not have a permanent habitation". This name derives from the fact that since the whites came to our land, Katutura is the fifth location we have had to live in Windhoek.
Life in Katutura under apartheid:
The Katutura of 1968 consisted of about 4 000 rental houses organized into five ethnic group section. People were required to live in Katutura in their 'own' ethnic group section. In addition to the rental houses there was a 'single quarter' area of dormitory-type housing estimated to accommodate about 1 000 people, and a walled 'compound' located at the entrance to Katutura where Owambo men on migrating labour were fed and housed. Apartheid in South West Africa was enforced more rigidly than in South Africa. Apartheid created heavy constraints on interaction between members of different racial groups. Law forbade marriage and sexual intercourse between whites and 'non-whites'.  Separate entrances and service facilities for members of different 'racial' groups were found at most government, administration and municipal offices as well as at many privately owned businesses. Apartheid in South West Africa defined geographical, economic and social boundaries between people.
In 1968, the Windhoek urban area was composed of three separate townships, each set aside for the exclusive use of one of the three racial groups: Katutura for blacks, Khomasdal for coloureds, and Windhoek for whites.


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