Media: A welcome opportunity?

3 09 2009
By Karen Breytenbach
3 September 2009, 19:43 – Cape Argus

In an unusual move by the Constitutional Court, a full bench of 10 judges has indefinitely suspended its own order for Joe Slovo residents and backyard dwellers to make way for the N2 Gateway development in a phased in, deadline-driven mass relocation. Read the rest of this entry »

Auditor-General: Report on the Special Audit of the N2 Gateway Project at the National Department of Housing

3 09 2009

This damning audit report of the N2 Gateway housing project reveals costly and widespread deficiencies in the planning, accounting, design and execution of the government’s flagship low-cost housing development.

Media: Outcry as developer bulldozes butchery

3 09 2009
By Natasha Prince
3 September 2009, 15:42 – Cape Times

Police were called in to monitor the demolition and eviction of a butchery next to an Nyanga development, after local residents rallied at the gates demanding that the authorities leave.

Police cordoned off the entrance to the gate, while angry residents watched and shouted as bulldozers and trucks removed fridges and equipment, then tore down part of the Skhoma Butchery. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: Court bid to evict Delft dwellers postponed

3 09 2009

September 03 2009 , 11:33:00 – SABC News

The City of Cape Town’s application to evict a group of pavement dwellers in Delft has been postponed to October 7. The application was supposed to be heard in the Western Cape High Court this morning, but the group failed to file answering papers in time. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: MEC admits to shoddy N2 Gateway construction

3 09 2009

Eyewitness News | 2009/08/25 08:33:40 AM

The Western Cape Housing MEC has admitted some flats in the N2 Gateway development are so badly built they should be demolished.

Bonginkosi Madikizela says he now understands why tenants refuse to pay rent. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: Jo’burg water policy discriminatory, court told

3 09 2009
Sep 02 2009 14:45 – M&G

The City of Johannesburg’s policy of not offering water on credit to residents of Phiri, Soweto, as it does elsewhere in the city, is discriminatory, the Constitutional Court heard on Wednesday.

“I accept that the problem [of non-payment] requires a solution, but why did it differ from the solution that applied in white Johannesburg?” asked advocate Wim Trengove, arguing for a group of Phiri residents in a case about the lawfulness of prepaid water meters. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: Strong-armed cops ‘to blame’ for protests turning violent

3 09 2009
Sep 02 2009 14:38 – M&G

Strong-armed police officers are to blame for service delivery protests that turn violent, researchers from the University of Johannesburg said on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »


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