How 'Cannabricks' Can Ease Housing Problem 

How 'Cannabricks' Can Ease Housing Problem 
Posted by CN Staff on May 03, 2005 at 09:28:47 PT
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Source: Mail and Guardian
Cape Town, South Africa -- A Cape Town-based housing innovator who propagates using hemp to curb South Africa's growing housing problem has not ruled out Constitutional Court litigation to compel the government to revise its dagga legislation."There is a strong possibility we will initiate litigation, hopefully within this year," said Andre du Plessis. Du Plessis said Cape Town will on Saturday join about 180 cities across 37 nations to highlight the many uses of cannabis.
Du Plessis said South Africa faces a massive housing backlog, with cost being the biggest prohibitive factor.He proposes building low-cost houses using hemp."The solution must be safe, fireproof, bio-friendly and it should trigger sustainable development and wealth creation from grassroots up. Cannabis is a proven industrial ingredient, and when used to make bricks it provides the best value for money, while meeting all requirements," said Du Plessis in a statement.He said cannabis has a traditional history in Africa going back almost 5 000 years.Du Plessis said Saturday's march will be for an end to the prohibition of industrial cannabis use in housing and agriculture.He said it is important to acknowledge and legitimise the cannabis farming already happening in the country's rural, impoverished areas."We will ask our minister of housing to give this legitimate solution a chance."Du Plessis said dagga, a common name for cannabis, was banned in South Africa in 1909.South Africa is one of the world's largest producers of dagga, with approximately 120 000ha a year cultivated, using local strains.At Saturday's march, a memorandum will be delivered to a representative from the Department of Housing, highlighting the use of cannabis in housing and agriculture, and everyone's right to secure ecologically sustainable development.A five-minute demonstration of "how to build a cannabrick" will follow. -- Sapa Source: Mail and Guardian (South Africa)Published: May 03, 2005Copyright: Mail & Guardian, 2005Contact: letters -- Cannabis Archives
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Comment #4 posted by afterburner on May 08, 2005 at 20:24:30 PT
Cannabis Prohibition, Colonialism/Apartheid Legacy
"Du Plessis said dagga, a common name for cannabis, was banned in South Africa in 1909."Boer War History of Apartheid in South Africa
"... Strategists in the National Party invented apartheid as a means to cement ...
Initially, aim of the apartheid was to maintain white domination while ..."
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Comment #3 posted by eco-man on May 08, 2005 at 12:01:09 PT
Cape Town, South Africa MMM photos and home.
Photo gallery: poster gallery:
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Comment #2 posted by eco-man on May 08, 2005 at 11:57:41 PT
More Cannabrick article locations.
The Cape Town MMM articles are currently found with this Google News search: Cannabricks article was in several media locations:How 'cannabricks' can ease housing problem. Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa - May 3, 2005. 
'Cannabricks' could solve housing crisis, says hemp activist. Cape Times (subscription), South Africa - May 3, 2005. 
'Cannabricks' could ease SA's housing problem. Independent Online, South Africa - May 4, 2005. 
Hemp could be a fix for housing backlog. The Mercury (subscription), South Africa - May 3, 2005.
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Comment #1 posted by eco-man on May 08, 2005 at 11:49:33 PT
SABC News, South Africa. Article.
Cape Town march highlights benefits of cannabis,2172,103812,00.htmlMay 07, 2005, 13:15A group of about fifty people marched in Cape Town today, joining 180 groups in cities around the world to highlight the advantageous uses of the cannabis plant. A memorandum was handed over to the city's department of housing. The memorandum claims that bricks used from the plant could be used to build fire-proof and cost- effective housing units. Andre du Plessis, spokesperson for the group, says they are aware of the anti-social stigma attached to cannabis. However, he says the objective of the march is to highlight the use of industrial cannabis and point out to the ministry of housing that there is an alternative solution to the housing problems in the Western Cape.
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