The families who comprise 24 people, half of them children, are facing eviction to make space for the parking area next to the Athlone Stadium which has been upgraded to the tune of 406m rand ($53m, £36m) to bring it up to Fifa standards.
Continue reading the main story Changing room resident Lewellyn Wilters in front of Athlone Stadium, Cape Town
The upgrade includes a brand new pitch, three new grandstands, VIP suites and improved player facilities.
The tenacity of the families, who have mounted a legal challenge with the help of the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign, has bought them time as Cape Town`s City Council has been ordered by a local magistrate`s court to find suitable alternative accommodation before the changing room can be demolished.
Some of the families have been living in the changing rooms for as long as 11 years, as the city`s acute housing shortage, which is said to number 410,000 units, has driven desperate people to live rough in the poorer parts of Cape Town.
Following the closure of an AstroTurf hockey complex and the subsequent departure of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who used the changing rooms, the current occupants divided the facility into six tiny cement-floored rooms, one for each family.
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They all share two toilets and two taps. They have had no electricity since the council cut off the power two years ago.