Residents at the Vosloorus Men’s hostel are calling for urgent attention to the upgrading of their inhabitable hostels, among other things.
The hostels were initially constructed as Police Barracks and have not upgraded ever since despite there being women and children now also living with the men.

The committee members and residents of the hostel have on several occasions engaged with the local municipality but their complaints are being ignored and in turn fizzle out in the ranks. During the rainy season, water blockages cause overflows near the shared rooms and one resident with a small baby called for the Municipality to do something about the drainage system.

When the Planact team visited the area, they got a taste of what residents face daily having no privacy when using the bathrooms and going back to a unit with space that only fits a single bed.

Sinks that residents have to use everyday in Vosloorus Hostels
Sinks that residents have to use everyday in Vosloorus Hostels
Bathrooms at the Vosloorus Hostels
Bathrooms at the Vosloorus Hostels
Urinary which does not work and the stench is unbearable.
Urinary which does not work and the stench is unbearable.

Apart from the lack of privacy in the one room divided into three half-walled bedrooms, residents squirm at the thought of men, women and children having to share communal unsanitary bathrooms that are a ticking time bomb for diseases. Children who grow up at the Vosloorus Hostels do not have a pre-school facility and have to walk distances for this service which comes at a higher cost for the parents.

The Vosloorus Police Barracks Hostels falls under the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality