DA MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela threatens to demolish more houses in Mandela Park

25 02 2011
Mandela Park Backyarders Press Release and Invite
25 February 2011

MEC for Human Settlement in the Western Cape is set to come and demolish more brick houses in Mandela Park between Monday and Tuesday next week.  The news were leaked to us by a supervisor on site after a secret meeting with the MEC that was to address the resuscitation of housing construction in Mandela Park.

We vow to stay away from work and protest during these two days in preparation of what we perceive as housing warfare between state and its community. Read the rest of this entry »

Brown University: Community Report on housing struggles in Eastridge, Michell’s Plain

24 02 2011

* Click here to access the entire paper on housing struggles in Eastridge *


This project aimed to explore the social, economic and political changes which have occurred over the last fifteen years in several areas in Cape Town, including Eastridge. To do this, interviews were conducted over a three week period. The researchers were supplied with some initial contacts in the area by the research coordinator, and from there the snowballing technique was used to acquire more informants. The people interviewed by the researchers represented a diverse spectrum of interests and roles within the community. For Eastridge, the following informants provided the information on the area: a representative of a local school; previous and current ward councillors, a local general practitioner; a representative of the Mitchell’s Plain Urban Renewal Program (URP); a member of the Mitchell’s Plain Concerned Hawkers and Traders Association; representatives of the Eastridge Community Centre; activists in the Eastridge anti-evication Campaign; a worker at the National Institute of Crime Prevention (NICRO); a housing activist from the Cape Town Community Housing Company (CTCHC) village; and a real estate agent operating in the Eastridge area. This document is organised into three sections: first, a brief description of the area is given, through information from the informants as well as from the researchers’ perceptions from their time spent in the area. Second, an analysis of the key issues in Eastridge is explored. This is organised into two parts; the first looks at the key themes which emerged in the interviews with the key informants, while the second part looks at the themes covered in the literature regarding the area. The third section is a photograph album of the area which the researchers took during their time spent in Eastridge. While this document is by no means supposed to represent all the issues that Eastridge faces, nor the many opinions present in the neighbourhood, the key informants show a diverse spectrum of interests and roles within the community, and thus provided useful insight into the key issues in Eastridge.

Paper: Insurgent Planning- Situating Radical Planning in the Global South

23 02 2011


This article revisits the notion of radical planning from thevstandpoint of the global South. Emerging struggles for citizenship in the global South, seasoned by the complexities of state–citizen relations within colonial and post-colonial regimes, offer an historicized view indispensable to counter-hegemonic planning practices. The article articu-lates the notion of insurgent planning as radical planning practices that respond to neoliberal specifics of dominance through inclusion – that is, inclusive governance. It characterizes the guiding principles for insurgent planning practices as counter-hegemonic, transgressive and imaginative. The article contributes to two current conversations within planning scholarship: on the implication of grassroots insurgent citizenship for planning, and on (de)colonization of planning theory.

Download full PDF: Insurgent Planning- Situating Radical Planning in the Global South by Faranak Miraftab – 2009

Media: Ermelo residents see no reason to vote

21 02 2011

Dianne Hawker – Sunday Independent

“We don’t care about Gucci and Prada. We just want delivery eKasi,” says a Wesselton resident after four days of heated, violent protests in the township near Ermelo, Mpumalanga.

It is Friday morning and he is one of scores of young, unemployed men walking the streets.

The anger in his voice is palpable. He spits the words “Gucci” and “Prada” out, referring to the penchant for fine things ANC politicians have acquired in their years of power. Read the rest of this entry »

Abahlali baseMjondolo of the Western Cape Rejects DA Hypocrisy and Stands Firm for Press Freedom

18 02 2011

Website: khayelitshastruggles.com or http://www.abahlali.org
Email: abmwesterncape@abahlali.org office admin: 073 2562 036/ 083 446 5081

As a movement we have become used to the blatant hypocrisy of the DA over the years.

The DA says that it wants to crack down on crime and support the rule of law but then it engages in unlawful and criminal evictions, as in Macassar Village in 2009. In South African law any eviction without a court order is an unlawful and criminal act and yet the DA began to demolish shacks without a court order on 21 May 2009. We went to court to secure an urgent interdict to stop the DA from engaging in these criminal attacks on the poor and we won that interdict and yet you then went ahead and demolished shacks in violation of that court order. The criminality of your municipal government here in Cape Town was condemned by local church leaders and international human rights organisations. Read the rest of this entry »

Solidarity: ANC members want Right2Know investigated

16 02 2011

Note: Members of the Western Cape-Anti-Eviction Campaign attended yesterday’s protest in support of the Right2Know campaign

Ruling party takes offence at Cwele masks protest in committee
Parliament’s Secrecy Committee threatens Right2Know Protest

Mark Weinberg
15 February 2011

On Tuesday 15 February 2011, a delegation of Right2Know Campaign supporters attended a sitting of the Parliamentary Committee handling the Protection of Information Bill where the Minister of State Security was expected to make an appearance. As members of the opposition parties staged a walk-out of the sitting (alleging that the Committee did not have a Parliamentary mandate to sit), supporters of the Right2Know Campaign covered there their faces with masks depicting the Minister Cwele and held up placards reading: Cwele, Minister of Secrets!
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A self-written history of Mandela Park: Kwanele Enough Is Genoeg

15 02 2011

Kwanele Enough Is Genoeg # 10: Mandela Park (Makhaya) 14-02-2011

Written by the Mandela Park Backyarders Movement

The following is a self-written history by our movement.  After a lot of deliberation with our members, we came up with this document as a way of explaining how we have come to say Kwanele!  Please use this document in order to better understand our struggle…

Some History

It is now 17 years since the first democratic government came into power, with a constitution that promises many freedoms in its declarations: What have been at the forefront of most people dreams when the new ANC government came into power was the famous quote “There shall be houses, security & comfort”. It is now years since we first voted and there is little change to show for that, besides five year voting ritual.

The story in Mandela Park (Makhaya) started in the late 1990’s, when the government’s new neo-liberal policies enabled companies to retrench workers in the name of rightsizing and many government departments out-sourced their responsibilities to private companies. They literally handed over the future of millions of workers to the hands of greedy employers and labour brokers. They also built up a strong layer of a Black capitalist class through Black Economic Empowerment. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: This place is a dump – N2 residents

15 02 2011

By Clayton Barnes – Cape Argus

Residents of the N2 Gateway housing scheme in Langa say they have been forgotten.

The once-secure government housing complex next to the N2 is now a dump, says Mbuyi Nogahtshi, who moved to the area in 2005, just after it was opened by former housing minister Lindiwe Sisulu. Read the rest of this entry »

Solidarity: The Rebellion of the Poor Comes to Grahamstown

14 02 2011
Press Statement by the Unemployed People’s Movement, Grahamstown
Sunday 13 February 2011

The rebellion of the poor has been spreading from town to town, from squatter camp to squatter camp, since 2004. Last week it arrived in Grahamstown.

There is no third force, political party or communist academic behind our struggle. It is oppression at the hands of the African National Congress that has driven us into the rebellion of the poor. We are in rebellion because we are being forced to live without dignity, safety or hope.

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Media: Media slam DA’s Majavu blacklisting

11 02 2011

For the DA a journalist that takes the lives of poor people seriously is automatically biased. They are now exposed their authoritarianism to the middle classes.


Media slam DA’s Majavu blacklisting

February 11 2011 at 11:13am
By Marianne Merten

The DA’s blacklisting of a Sowetan journalist sets a “problematic precedent”, says Jane Duncan, professor and chairwoman of the Media and Information Society at Rhodes University.

It was of concern if any political party that carried public power took a step to stem the flow of information in this way, she said on Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »


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