An Online Photographic Exhibit
Visions of a
New South Africa
Photos made between May
and August 1999
All images and text copyright Skip Schiel, 2001
On the Margin: Living Dangerously
the Aloes Community & the toxic waste dump
The Aloes Community:
This is the Aloes Community, living near Port Elizabeth, a thriving city on the Indian Ocean coast. But the residents of Aloes smell, taste, and see the remains of industrial detritus-highly toxic leachate, a soup percolated from the remains of a myriad of industrial processes, trucked here, and often seeping and evaporating from the holding sites into the surrounding earth and atmosphere.
Aiding the residents, calling for the closing of the pits, are various citizens fostering dialog between waste site managers and neighbors. They are the Zwartkops River Trust, led by Joan Coutledge and supported in the United States by South African Exchange Program on Environmental Justice. For more information about the organization, visit www.igc.org/saepej/.
(revised December 2005)
The Aloes Community
in the valley of refineries