Help bring Symphony Way for a book tour to the US/UK

30 06 2011

A beauty, extraordinary in every way.’
Naomi Klein, author of ‘The Shock Doctrine’ and ‘No Logo’.

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About This project:

The aim of this project is to bring three authors of the acclaimed book No Land! No House! No Vote! Voices from Symphony Way on a tour of the USA and the UK.

A group of families who have called themselves the Symphony Way Pavement Dwellers are demanding that their voices are heard and they need your help to bring them to your city:

New York
Washington DC
San Francisco
Los Angeles

Media: 2010 legacy sweet for some, bitter for many

14 06 2011

THE most obvious “spectacle” of the international event’s legacy is the Cape Town Stadium, its indelible mark fixed on the city’s skyline.

The 55 000-seat stadium has been used for various events, including sports, international concerts, and private functions. Its running costs, however, have been a major liability for the city, with former operating company Sail StadeFrance pulling out of the lease agreement because of the risks of unprofitability.

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Argus Review: Street people book their place on library shelf

1 06 2011

Review: Street people book their place on library shelf.pdf

by Jeanne Hromnik – Cape Argus Op-ed for 25 May 2011

Right2Know activists demand more access to information

25 05 2011

May 25 2011 at 11:26am – IOL

ct R2K Protest 6969 (16133275)

Regina Graham

DESPITE the rain, 40 Right2Know protesters gathered outside the Civic Centre yesterday to demand access to information from local and national governments.

Community organisers from the Blikkiesdorp, Zille-Raine Heights, Newfields Village Anti-Eviction Campaign and the Mandela Park backyaders partnered with the Right2KNow organisation to submit applications to gain access to information about housing delivery and resettlement plans.

“Three communities demand access to information about things like budgets and how money is going to be allocated. There is a lack of transparency and a lot of secrets within the community and city,” said Tinashe Njani, the campaign administrator. Read the rest of this entry »

Backyarders and others to us PAIA to demand government’s secrets about our communities

24 05 2011

Backyarders Press Statement – 24 May 2011

The Mandela Park Backyarders will be going this morning to both the Provincial Department Housing and to the National Parliament this morning to submit a list of demands to access information about their community under the PAIA (Promotion of Access to Information Act). Read the rest of this entry »

Reminder: No Vote! events on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday

13 05 2011




Friday 13 May 2011

Our communities are very busy organising our No Vote! events just in time for this year’s elections. We refuse to vote, not because we are lazy or apathetic as the media tends to claim.  Instead, we refuse to vote because our vote is to precious to give to corrupt politicians and political parties. Here are a list of the events with links and contacts:

1) 14th May >> Anti-Vote Election Summit held by the Mandela Park Backyarders at Andile Nhose >> Contact Loyiso @ 0737662078

2) 14th May >> No Dignity! No Vote! Why we won’t vote on the 18th of May held at KwaMlamli’s in Gugulethu >> Contact Mncedisi @ 0785808646

3) 16th May >> Launch at Book Lounge of “No Land! No House! No Vote!” and picket by Blikkiesdorp residents in front of Parliament >> Contact Sarita @ 0764699843

4) 17th May >> Protest by Gugulethu, KTC, Nyanga and Crossroads residents outside Fezeka Municipal Offices in Gugulethu >> Contct Zoliswa @ 0731496065 or Mncedisi @ 0785808646
For more on the No Land! No House! No Vote! Campaign, check out the wikipedia entry on the topic.

Power to the Poor People!

Launch at Book Lounge of “No Land! No House! No Vote!” and picket by Blikkiesdorp in front of Parliament

12 05 2011

For more information on our struggle, please contact Aunty Tilla @ 0764772508 and Michelle @ 0748063523

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No House! No Dignity! No Vote! Why we wont vote on the 18th of May

9 05 2011

Join the Gugulethu Anti-Eviction Campaign at KwaMlamli’s as we host a show, exhibition, and discussion on the grassroots politics of the No Vote position. We say we are sick and tired of choosing between Helen Zuma and Jacob Zille!

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Invitation to the Cape Town Shack Fire Summit

26 04 2011

Website: or
Email: office admin: 0732562036/073 4128 218

The above mentioned organization would like to invite your organization/ community/ area to a SHACK FIRE SUMMIT that will be held at QQ informal settlement site B Khayelitsha on 27 April 2011 from 10:00am to 13:00pm.

The aim of the event is to:

1. Light candles in memory of those who lose their lives within shack fire and the victims of shack fires.
2. Explore the course of shack fire, governmental intervention, and other humanitarian intervention
3. To come up with a program/ campaign to call for electrification of all shack settlement
For further details and direction please call our admin @ 073 412 8218

On behalf of ABM WC
Mzonke Poni
M WC Chairperson)
073 2562 036/ 083 446 5081

D Section community to mobilise and return old lady to her rightful home

20 04 2011
20 April 2011
Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign Press Statement

On the 20th of July 2010, right in the middle of the FIFA World Cup, Sheila Jacobs, a pensioner, was evicted from her home at D233 Khumbula Street in D Section, Khayelitsha. Phumla Maqasha arrived with the Sheriff of the Court and a contingent of police from Lingelethu SAPS, while she was watching a soccer match on TV.

But Sheila owned this house, did not owe a cent to any bank, and had never heard of Mrs Maqasha until that day. And this so-called mistaken eviction began a series of events that has resulted in the mobilisation of an entire community and the subsequent shooting of three older Mamas and the arrest of a fourth Mama and a school-aged boy.
Event: Mobilisation, protest and returning Sheila to her home today
Time and place: 10h00 at D233 in D Section, Khayelitsha Read the rest of this entry »


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