MEC for Housing re-negs on 5 houses promise for Mandela Park Backyarders

7 05 2010
Mandela Park Backyarders Press Release
7 May 2010


Last year, the Western Cape MEC for Housing, lied to us over and over, eventually giving Mandela Park residents only 5 houses of the 437 houses that were built and promised to us in Mandela Park.

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Hundreds protested yesterday in Mandela Park after assault by Chippa security guards. Demostrations to continue…

12 11 2009

Anti-Eviction Press Release
On behalf of Mandela Park
Thursday 12 November 2009

Click here for some photos of last night’s mass protest. For high resolution photos, email us using this link.

Yesterday morning, two Mandela Park residents were assaulted by four Chippa security guards at the instruction of the local SANCO chairperson.  The two residents along with 7 witnesses went to the police station to lay a charge against the guards.  As retribution, the local SANCO chairperson laid a counter charge of intimidation against one of the residents who he ordered to be assaulted – backyarder Khaya Xintolo.  Khaya was then arrested and kept in police custody for more than 11 hours even though the detective himself admitted that there was no case against Khaya. Read the rest of this entry »

Anti-xenophobic negotiations moving along despite interference by certain outside divisive people

6 07 2009
Gugulethu Anti-Eviction Campaign Press Release
06 July 2009

On the 1st of July 2009, local business and Somali shopkeepers began implementation of preliminary aspects of the deal sought to ease xenophobic tensions between the two groups.  The joint committee with the support of the Anti-Eviction Campaign distributed copies of the deal to all shops in the area.  Shopkeepers then began to move their shops at least 100 meters away from one another – the deadline for this action being the end of July.

On Wednesday, the 8th of July at 15h30, the AEC will mediate a follow-up mass meeting of local businesses and Somali shopkeepers.

In addition, the local and provincial ministries of economics and tourism added proposals to provide skills training scholarships to a paltry 23 local businesspeople throughout the entire Western Cape.  Local in Gugulethu have rejected this proposal as insulting and merely a PR campaign by government. Read the rest of this entry »


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