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 »


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