Media: Calls for Cape Town officials to spend a night in Blikkiesdorp

2 11 2009

Malungelo Booi | 1 November 2009 | EyewitnessNews

Homeless Cape Town residents who’ve been relocated from the pavements of Symphony Way to Blikkiesdorp, near Delft in the Western Cape, are challenging Premier Helen Zille to spend a night in their community.

The residents are complaining about service delivery, saying they don’t have running water or functioning toilets. Read the rest of this entry »





’Every night I take tablets’ to live in Blikkiesdorp

2 11 2009

Malungelo Booi | 2 November 2009 | Eyewitness News

Some of Blikkiesdorp’s newest residents believe they may spend the rest of their lives in the temporary relocation area.

Monday marks a week since the City of Cape Town moved 23 families from their pavement shacks in Delft to nearby Blikkiesdorp after securing a court order.

The families had erected shacks on the pavement in Symphony Way after they were evicted from government houses they had invaded in late 2007.

Matilda Groepe said she was trying to make the best of a bad situation.

She admits life is not easy in Blikkiesdorp.

“Every night I have to take tablets because I am just not happy.”

Another resident, Jerome Daniels, has challenged officials to spend a night in their corrugated structures.

“I want Helen Zille and Dan Plato just to stay here and feel how life is like in Blikkiesdorp.”

The residents believe with Cape Town’s housing backlog being what it is, they will probably spend the rest of their lives in Blikkiesdorp.





Media: Church leaders call for probe

2 11 2009

October 30, 2009 Edition 3
DASEN THATHIAH –
Daily News

CHURCH leaders continue to rally behind Kennedy Road shack-dwellers, calling for a judicial enquiry into recent violence in the area.

Two people were killed in a mob attack last month and 13 suspects have since been arrested. Read the rest of this entry »





Open Letter to the Mayor: Broken promises of electricity in Blikkiesdorp formal shack settlement

2 11 2009
BLIKKIESDORP COMMUNITY- DELFT (SYMPHONYWAY TRA)
DATE: 2ND November 2009

To: The Mayor – Dan Plato
From: Blikkiesdorp Anti- Eviction Campaign (Western Cape)
Subject: Installation of Electricity

It has become common knowledge that the government and politicians ignore the poor. Members of the Blikkiesdorp community have been trying to set up a meeting with Mayor Dan Plato for several weeks now regarding the installation of electricity in the area. Read the rest of this entry »








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