Residents and business unite against new Gugulethu Shopping Mall

29 05 2008
Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign Press Statement
Thursday 29 May 2008 at 12h30

GUGULETHU - On 1st June 2008, there will be a mass meeting in the Gugulethu Sports Complex at 2pm of all businesses and residents opposed to a new multi-million rand shopping mall that is being built in NY1, on the site of the demolished Eyona Centre.

Mzoli Developers (owned by businessman Mzoli Ngcawuzela, owner of the well known Mzoli’s restaurant) and JT Ross have been called to come to the meeting and explain to the community why they are building this mall without any consultation, public participation or transparent processes having taken place.

NAFCOC, SANCO, and CATA have also been invited, as well as the PAC, ANC, all Ward Councillors and the Gugulethu Development Forum.

The Anti-Eviction Campaign will be chairing the meeting.

There is a dispute over the building of the mall. There are fears that big franchises will sideline small business and community based enterprises.

Currently the building site has been shut down. This happened on 27 May, when there was an urgent meeting organised by small businesses of Gugulethu and concerned citizens. The meeting resolved that nobody has been properly consulted on the building of the new shopping mall, neither has there been transparency or public participation. The community of Gugulethu then went to the building site in NY1 (the former Eyona Shopping Centre) in large numbers and told the Site Manager that they were shutting the building site down.

The site has remained shut and will stay shut until after Sunday’s meeting, if agreement is reached at that meeting.

For comment, call Mncedisi Twalo of AEC on or Thandiswa Kama on or Ranti Dlangamandla on

No home sweet home for Soetwater Somalis

29 05 2008
by Kate Stegeman
Business Day - 29/5/2008

DISPLACED Somalis have been at the forefront of the mounting tension, political mudslinging and sour relations dogging the Soetwater disaster management area in Cape Town.

Now there are calls to close down the camps. Read the rest of this entry »

‘The poor are becoming impatient’

29 05 2008
29 May 2008 07:24

Source: M&G

The border between South Africa and Zimbabwe should be “comprehensively” abolished, Methodist Bishop Paul Verryn told academics at the University of the Witwatersrand on Wednesday.
“In exactly the same way we pulled down the fences in 1994 and found that instead of restricting, it enabled. Instead of closing the economy, it opened up much wider trust in the economy,” Verryn told a colloquium on violence and xenophobia.

He said foundation for what had gone wrong lay in the labelling of vulnerable people as “illegal aliens” and their criminalisation.
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