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Age Restriction: All Ages
Company: Hilton Arts Festival
For the past 200 years the indigenous architecture of Southern Africa has been under threat for a number of diverse reasons, including the work of missionaries, commercial farming, Apartheid’s migrant labour system, changing environmental conditions, and an evolving social and political climate that has favoured the spread of globalization. Despite this South Africa’s rural proletariat managed to sustain the domestic forms, building technologies and decorative textures of its habitat with a great degree of success. Unfortunately, since 1994, the implementation of new government housing policies and the rise of land disputes have proved detrimental to our rural architecture and many of its traditions and building forms have vanished from our landscape. Today large sectors of our traditional
architectures have disappeared, only to be replaced by rows of mass-produced latrines lining up in the veld. The loss of tradition has also meant a parallel loss of indigenous knowledge systems, building skills, symbols and terminology.