Change room families’ future still uncertain

16 09 2011

Fadela Slamdien – Sep 15 2011 – The New Age

Six families living in decrepit change rooms at Athlone Stadium in Kewtown are still in the dark about whether the council has plans to relocate them.

The council issued eviction notices against the families, some of whom had lived in the change rooms for 10 years, as they wanted to demolish the buildings to extend the parking area as part of a R406m upgrade of Athlone Stadium for the soccer World Cup.

When the families ignored the notices, the city took the matter to court, claiming the premises were unfit for human habitation and alleging the occupants were involved in “illegal activities”, which they strenuously denied.

But magistrate Mas-Udah Pangarker refused to evict the families. Instead, she ordered the city to either provide the families with alternative accommodation in the surrounding area if it wanted to demolish the building, or allow the families to remain. Read the rest of this entry »

IPS News: “Now We Demand They Do It For the Poor”

11 08 2010

‘Now We Demand They Do It For the Poor’
By Davison Mudzingwa

CAPE TOWN, Aug 10, 2010 (IPS) – Weak floodlights barely held back gathering darkness as Somalia met Serbia in the finals of the Poor People’s World Cup. A small band of supporters were on hand to see and African side lift the cup in Cape Town’s Vygieskraal Stadium.

The Poor People’s World Cup drew 38 teams, predominantly from poor black and coloured communities far from the city’s glittering Green Point Stadium.

Two Worlds, Two Cups

Planners initially proposed Athlone, on the Cape Flats, as the site for Cape Town’s official World Cup venue, reasoning that the investment in infrastructure could breathe fresh life into this working class neighbourhood. The rows of council housing were too prosaic a backdrop for FIFA’s vision, and a picture-perfect location between mountain and sea was chosen instead.

It was left to the Poor People’s World Cup to host a tournament there, on the patchy grass of Avondale Athletics’ home ground. The teams, each adopting the name of a different country, played for a trophy and 5,000 rand (a bit less than $700) in prize money.

The tournament was originally planned to run concurrently with FIFA’s, to highlight the contrast between the daily lives of the majority of South Africans and the opulence of the World Cup proper. It began in June, but, fittingly, a struggle to find sponsors meant the finals were delayed by a full month, to Aug. 9.

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Media: It’s not paradise but it is home

10 05 2010

Athlone families turned a disused changeroom into a place to live, now it’s going to be paved for a parking lot. Report by Raymond Joseph, pictures by Fanie Jason

Photo: INLSA May 09, 2010 Edition 1 – Weekend Argus

Six families who have been living in a derelict sports changeroom at one of Cape Town’s World Cup training venues for up to 11 years, are facing eviction to make space for parking. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: Community fears World Cup will cause homelessness

10 03 2010

Inter Press Service (IPS) / Monday, 08 March 2010

Cape Town (South Africa) – While South African parliamentarians attended a swanky pre-International Women’s Day celebration at Cape Town’s International Convention Centre, a group of destitute women in decaying Kewtown, just seven miles away, worried about looming homelessness. Read the rest of this entry »

How the World Cup will impact poor communities in South Africa

30 11 2009

Eva Davids from the Anti-Eviction Campaign (AEC) in South Africa talks about the impact of the 2010 Football World Cup on her community in Athlone.

Ant-Eviction Campaign participates in a debate on Police Brutality

18 11 2009

When? 18 November at 21h00 on Cape Town TV

Media: Hostel residents refuse Blikkiesdorp move

6 10 2009

Liesl Smit | 6 October 2009 | Eyewitness News

Residents of the Spes Bona hostel in Athlone say they are willing to renovate the buildings they live in themselves to avoid being relocated to Blikkiesdorp in Delft. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: Residents vow to fight move

6 10 2009

Residents vow to fight move
Liesl Smit | 5 October 2009 | Eyewitness News

Hostel residents in Athlone have vowed they will resist the city’s attempts to relocate them to Blikkiesdorp. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: Kewtown demands inclusion in City renovations

10 08 2009

2009-08-10 14:15:33 – Cape Argus and Voice of the Cape

The Athlone Anti-Eviction Campaign has been going door-to-door in Kewtown gathering support for a petition against what it claims is the City’s lack of proper planning for the area. The campaign said yesterday it was attempting to ensure that the voices of residents of the area were heard.

But the City has hit back, saying that a consultation process is still under way and that community liaison officers and steering committees have been appointed. Grace Blouw, the city’s manager for existing housing, said a dedicated, substantial communication campaign was being run as part of the city’s planning efforts in the area.

The anti-eviction campaign said the petition would be used as a platform from which to launch a campaign that would include a list of demands being formally submitted to the city authorities, challenging the planned renovation of the area. Although upgrades were in the pipeline, an angry community claimed it had been excluded from the process. And it wanted to see work in the area given to unemployed people who lived there, rather than to outside contractors. Read the rest of this entry »

Press Release: Athlone AEC Sunday Protest

7 08 2009

On August 9, 2009 at 15h00, the Athlone Anti-Eviction Campaign with be holding a protest for the Scrapping of Arrears and for not being allowed to participate in the upgrading of Kewtown. The protest will state in the square at Block #13 in Kewtown.

The Kewtown community wants to be included in the apartment renovations DURING and AFTER the upgrading takes place. There will be a petition available on Sunday for all and any communities that want to support the actions of Kewtown opposing the proposed upgrading policies that exclude them and will evict them due to the process.

The press and the public are encouraged to attend.

The Athlone Anti-Eviction Campaign was established in 2002 to assist the residents of the Athlone area. We have been fighting water cuts, defending illegal occupations and the non-removal of the Gatesville hawkers, promoting free education for youth, public housing efforts and the scrapping of arrears. It has been very long now and our forefathers own the houses that we are living in today.

Contacts: Pamela Buekes: 0793709614 & Manuel Dyers: 0742960358


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