Film release: Amanzi Ngawethu (Water is Ours)

31 08 2009

Sunday 30 August 2009 – APF

Six year legal battle for water rights in South African reaches Constitutional Court on 2nd Sept

Amanzi Ngawethu (Water is Ours) is spreading the word about a critical moment for water struggles in South Africa. Please forward and spread the news far and wide!

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Press Alert: Trial of notorious lawyer who stole 2 million Rand from poor communities begins tomorrow

30 08 2009

Event: The trial of disbarred attorney Mr C.J. Botman who skipped the country 5 years ago with over 2 million Rand of our money.
Date: 31 August – 4th September, 2009
Location: S/O Crimes Unit court in Bellville

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Phiri Water Rights Case Heads To The Constitutional Cout on 2 and 3 September 2009

26 08 2009

Johannesburg, 26 August 2009

The Mazibuko appeal against the SCA judgment of 30 April 2009 will be heard in the Constitutional Court, where the applicants will argue that prepayment water meters in Phiri should be declared unlawful, and that the City’s Free Basic Water policy is insufficient to meet the basic needs of poor Phiri households.
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Media: Informal traders upset over revamp

26 08 2009

Nathan Adams | 2009/05/28 09:03:18 AM – Eyewitness News

Mitchell’s Plain traders say they are desperately unhappy about a revamp of the Town Centre. Read the rest of this entry »

Joe Slovo Task Team to hold press conference at 16h30 today

24 08 2009
Anti-Eviction Campaign Press Release
on behalf of the residents of Joe Slovo

Monday 24 August, 2009

Today at 16h30, as the community of Joe Slovo, we will be holding a media briefing around the enumeration of the whole settlement of Joe Slovo.  We have done a detailed survey and we need to share this information with the public because we assert that we, as the community, can do development work ourselves.

This is our first step toward a people-centred development where the people of the community rather than bureaucratic government officials are in control.

The press conference will be held in Chris Hani Hall in the centre of Joe Slovo and community members will be in attendance as well.

We have invited government officials and the MEC Housing has confirmed his attendance for this press conference.

For more information and directions, contact Mzwanele Zulu 076-385-2369 and 082-670-2068

AEC and stakeholders in recent anti-xenophobia negotiations head to parliament today

24 08 2009
Anti-Eviction Campaign Press Alert
August 24, 2009

Today, Monday the 24th of August, representatives of the Anti-Eviction Campaign, the UNHR, as well as Somalian and local shopkeepers who recently signed a deal to prevent further violence in our townships, will head to Parliament.

They are slated to discuss the deal and the challenges associated with the recent negotiations at 14h00.

For more information, contact Mncedisi at 078 580 8646

For a collection of press releases and articles on the negotiation and xenophobia in general, click here.

Media: Mitchells Plain Traders Opposing Upgrade Eviction

23 08 2009

Today the Mitchell’s Plain Town Centre traders have reached a boiling point. City officials are still continuing to have meetings with an unconstitutional body in the Town Centre.

Traders are still not certain when they will be evicted. We work each day with the possibility that our livelihoods will be stolen from us by the mere people who claim they provide us with freedoms. The traders have sent emails to Mayor Dan Plato and Premier Hellen Zille regarding a collaborative meeting, but still to this day there has been no response. If provincial and local governments are meant to assist communities then this requires Dan Plato and Hellen Zille to also do their jobs.

Town Centre Traders are in the dark about the future of their own workplace. We have been told briefly that the management of the Town Centre will be given to formal business, but this does not make sense. The bays to which the management is imposing to move the traders have already been numbered with metal plaques. The umbrella body of the traders is aware of this, but the traders whom they claim to represent are not aware. The traders have made multiple objections to the opaque renovation process, the fact that the move only allows space for half of the +/-1000 current Town Centre traders, the move of the city to proceed with the process full knowing the objections of the traders and the city’s agenda of upgrading the Town Centre as an area for private investors instead of for its own people. Amongst these objections and many others, city official Richard Hollstock is telling the traders that if they are unhappy with the process they can fight the issue in the Cape High Court.

That’s a slap in our faces!

We will not stand for this mistreatment and will continue to fight this just cause for the traders and our freedoms.

For further information, please contact Mischka Cassiem at 0731286657

Media: High-rise flats for the homeless

21 08 2009
21 August 2009
Anna Majavu and Sapa – The Sowetan

THE City of Cape Town is planning to build 14-storey blocks of flats in a bid to beat its massive housing backlog.

City housing director Hans Smit said yesterday that the buildings would be grouped in a “town” around facilities such as shops, community centres and schools. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: Gugulethu retailers sign trading pact with Somalis

20 08 2009
August 19, 2009 Edition 1
Francis Hweshe – Cape Argus

TENSIONS between local and Somali store owners in Gugulethu have been allayed, thanks to both sides signing a “trading agreement”.

The agreement, which is not legally binding, was signed on Monday night and follows a series of contentious meetings between the traders around pricing and trading territory, among other issues. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: Deal aims to stop xenophobia

20 08 2009

2009-08-19 15:38:40 – Voice of the Cape

Local and Somali shopkeepers on Tuesday signed a landmark deal which is expected t bring peace between the two side that were at loggerheads for several months due to competition and business rivalry. It is hoped that the deal that was signed on Tuesday would help to avert xenophobia-related violence in Gugulethu, Philippi and Samora Machel. Both groups have agreed that this deal is meant to be a blueprint for other small businesses in other communities and will help them prevent a repeat of last year’s xenophobic pogroms. Read the rest of this entry »


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