Isolated and situated 48 kilometres from Ladysmith in the arid thornveld of Northern Natal, are hundresd of families living at Waaihoek, the government's newest resettlement camp in Natal. When interviews for this booklet were first conducted in June 1985, there were 235 families living at Waaihoed. The first 47 families were moved to Waaihoek in November, 1984, and slowly through a process which the government calls eviction of illegal squatters and which people call forced removals, the population has increased. Every month new people arrive: off-loaded from government trucks with all the possessions they have in the world to start a 'new' life.
The purpose of this booklet is to record in their own words the experience of people living at Waaihoek and then try and place their experience in a broader context ...