South Staffs Housing Association
- Non-profit making (voluntary) bodies which build and manage affordable rented accommodation.
- in the UK, non-profit organizations offering a third ‘way’ outside of the traditional housing provision of the private sector and local government. Originally set up to provide rental accommodation they now also offer a way for people to become owners.
- Housing associations in the United Kingdom are independent not-for-profit bodies that provide low-cost “social housing” for people in housing need. Any trading surplus is used to maintain existing homes and to help finance new ones.
- South Staffordshire is a local government district in Staffordshire, England. The district lies to the north and west of Wolverhampton and the West Midlands, bordering Shropshire to the west and Worcestershire to the south.
south staffs housing association – The White
UNHCR News Story: UNHCR and South African police coordinate to protect refugees
UNHCR and South African police coordinate to protect refugees
PRETORIA, South Africa, March 29 (UNHCR) – What began as a protest by disgruntled commuters against a decision to reduce the number of trains to Pretoria’s Phomolong Informal Section because of attacks on Metrorail property, quickly evolved into a march against the lack of promised housing, with police engaged in running battles with hundreds of stone-throwing demonstrators.
It also was a test of UNHCR’s efforts to enhance coordination with police in South Africa to protect the refugees and asylum-seekers who sometimes become the targets of protests against the lack of services.
"The only way to get government’s attention is to take our grievances to the main road," called one of the protesters as police blocked them from descending on Hans Strijdom Avenue, the main artery linking the decay of the "informal" community in Mamelodi East with the affluent suburbs and business centres of Pretoria East.
Burning tyres, rocks and rotting refuse littered Mohwerele Street, the stage upon which the stand-off between the enraged community and the police played out last Tuesday. On the corner of Mohwerele and Moretlwa Street the community taunted police while hurling well-aimed stones. The police retaliated by firing rubber bullets and ordering onlookers back into their shacks.
Right beside the spot stood the Somali-owned Olympic Shop, its owners locked inside fearful of loss to their property and their lives at the hands of the protesters. "I’m just praying that no one thinks of attacking that shop," confided Abdul Hassam, chairperson of the Somali Association of South Africa. "Not a chance," I countered. "The police won’t allow it." He relaxed a little, but the worry remained in his eyes.
Hassam had contacted UNHCR’s Deputy Regional Representative Sergio Calle Norena, who prior to the march had discussed the possible victimization of Somali refugee traders and other foreign business people in the township with the national director in the South African Police Services (SAPS).
In collaboration with the Protection Working Group established after the 2008 xenophobic attacks in South Africa, UNHCR has been working closely with the SAPS to develop early warning and rapid response for attacks against refugees and other foreign nationals. This has been put to the test this month.
Earlier in March, the quick response of UNHCR’s Protection and Community Services staff to urgent text messages sent by refugees in the early morning prompted speedy police intervention in Atteridgeville, on the opposite side of Pretoria. Several refugee-owned shops were evacuated under police escort.
Driving with Hassam to Mamelodi East was an unusually quiet affair. "We’re tired of this, my sister," he said. "When does it stop? When does it end?" Only a month before, Olympic Shop had been set alight and razed by unknown assailants. "It has only been operational for two weeks, and now this!" Hassam muttered.
Three Somali-owned shops were looted in Mamelodi last Tuesday. But at UNHCR’s intervention, police provided an escort and protection to the owners of Olympic Shop while they emptied hundreds of dollars worth of stock.
Police reinforcements were called in from around Pretoria throughout the day. Armoured vehicles and rifle-toting officers charged into the warren of narrow dirt streets that are a feature of the informal settlements, repelling the advance of a community bent on protesting on Hans Strijdom Avenue.
The police and community leaders argued back and forth, with the latter having lost all authority with their discontented constituents. The police made clear their responsibility for maintaining law and order, giving community leaders the unenviable task of quelling the growing anger among their followers before the police did it for them.
The arrival of a senior municipal officer responsible for community safety did little to change the situation. Forced to retreat to Mamelodi Police Station, she called an impromptu meeting with the community leaders in an attempt to restore Phomolong to a semblance of normality.
By early evening an uneasy calm had settled over Phomolong Informal Settlement. Police officers took advantage of the quiet to take naps, with rifles at the ready. Others were drinking Coca Cola, courtesy of Olympic Shop; the owner’s gesture of gratitude for helping them evacuate in safety.
Before the driver, Raxon Tshoambea, and I left Phomolong, I said farewell to the officers. They had been solicitous and protective throughout the day, ensuring that during the forays into the settlement, I didn’t become a victim – testimony that UNHCR has made significant inroads in gaining the cooperation of the SAPS in providing safety, to refugees particularly, d
South Carolina Produce Association ca. 1921
A vacation snap from my old point and shoot.
The town of Meggett, South Carolina – known as Meggetts in its earliest days – has been around a little more than a century. Granted a charter by the state in January 1905, it was something of a boomtown and was, in fact, the cabbage capital of the world.
The source of this prosperity was the rich soil on which the town is situated, coupled with a spur of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and a large wharf on Yonges Island. The primary crops were cabbage and potatoes. To better market their crops, a group of farmers banded together to form the South Carolina Produce Association. Shortly after World War I, the group built a brick office building to accommodate the office staff, which brokered deals nationwide using ticker tape and the telephone lines.
At this time, Meggett was the hub of the area including the communities of Yonges Island, Ravenel, Adams Run and what eventually would become Hollywood. The telephone operator, who was known familiarly as "Central," managed the system from a two-story wing at the rear of the Produce Association building. Party lines were the order of the day. A librarian was also quartered in the same building.
The Exchange Bank was established by Charles Walker Geraty during Meggett’s heyday for two reasons: There was no bank and to occupy his wife, Bessie, who was grieving the loss of a child. The Geratys operated the Exchange Bank, which was housed inside the Produce Association, for 30 years before merging with a bank chain in the 1950s.
" Excitement came again to Meggett during the 1980s, when the town became the backdrop for the made-for-TV movie, ‘Queen,’ the sequel to ‘Roots.’ "The Produce Association lasted only until the mid-1930s, but the town prospered until the 1960s. The train brought passengers and mail to Meggett twice daily and picked up produce from the shed across the street. Business people and dove hunters took rooms at the local boarding house, which still stands today.– from southcarolinahomes.net