Newfields and Railway to occupy offices of corrupt CTCHC

28 11 2008

Newfields Village Anti-Eviction Campaign Press Release
Friday 28 November, 2008 at 09h00

Today, the 28th of November 2008, the residents and of Newfields Village and Railway council homes are heading to the head offices of Cape Town Community Housing Company as we speak. We are going to occupy the offices until the CTCHC explains the following to our satisfaction (which they have refused to explain to us previously):

  1. MEC Whitey Jacobs are holding onto R46 million until contractors clean up their mess with regards to the project.
  2. CTCHC CEO Informed the Standing Committee on Housing (Kent Morkel) that there is only R16 million left out of the R46 million that the MEC is holding onto. We demand to know what happened to the other R30 million allocated for the 9 council homes managed by CTCHC.
  3. The Community Liaison Official (CLO), the ‘Structure’ and the PSG alleges that there is no communication as promised from CTCHC. Contractors have threatened to leave by 12/12/08 even though the houses have not been completed. On the other hand, contractors have taken shortcuts with regards to the fixing of floors and painting of doors and walls. There has been malicious deviation from the original agreement/specifications of the doors (which are substandard) and the painting (which is not being done properly). None of these deviations have been made in consultation with the effected communities. The renewal of all structures are not getting done properly despite claims that the money has already been allocated to contractors.
  4. The MEC has given CTCHC 30 days to find common ground with communities - all to no avail.

For further information, please contact:

Adeeb at
Peter at
Gary at

Housing MEC tells backyarders to keep up the pressure on the City; AEC obliges

14 11 2008

Gugulethu AEC Press Statement
Friday 14 November, 2008

On the 2nd of November, Gugulethu Anti-Eviction Campaign met with Whitey Jacobs, the province’s Housing MEC. At the meeting, the ANC appointee (who is responsible to house shackdwellers like ourselves) continued the usual party politics - blaming the DA run city for our predicament.

While we know that the Province (not the City) is responsible for building houses for us, we were also happy to receive support from the MEC in terms of ‘keeping up the pressure‘ on the City to release land in Gugulethu for us to occupy. Jacobs claimed to support our activism and numerous attempts to occupy vacant land on Lansdowne Road next to the Fezeka in Gugulethu.

Therefore, with the support of the MEC for Housing, the Gugulethu Backyard Dwellers will again attempt to occupy the this land in order to pressure the City and Province into providing us with our constitutional rights: land and housing.

We hope that since we have the MEC’s support, that we will also have the protection of the SAPS so that we are not assaulted by the city police.

No more party politics! No Land! No House! No Job! No Vote!

Location: ELF# RR448 on Lansdowne Road next to the Fezeka in Gugulethu
Time: 11h00am
Date: Saturday 15 November, 2008

For more information, contact:

Mncedisi at 646
Speelman at 725

Media: Blacklist warning for bad builders

13 11 2008
By Francis Hweshe
Source: Cape Argus
November 13 2008 at 04:06PM

Unscrupulous construction companies involved in public housing projects could be blacklisted for shoddy workmanship by the provincial government.

Housing MEC Whitey Jacobs and Premier Lynne Brown are set for a showdown tomorrow with the companies in a bid to force them to comply or face blacklisting and de-registration. Read the rest of this entry »

Opportunistic press release by DA mentioning the AEC

5 11 2008

AEC Note: The Anti-Eviction Campaign refuses to get involved in the opportunism and politics of the DA/ANC rivalry.  We are not stupid and we know that both political parties tell lies to our communities - yet we still engage with them to try towards change.  Both the City and the Province are failing to provide basic services, land and houses to our people.  This opportunistic press release (below) should be seen as such.

Date: 05/11/2008

I am dismayed by the manner in which MEC for Housing Whitey Jacobs can not handle questions from the Anti Eviction Campaign. In his address he alleges that when raising the question of back yard dweller with government and Municipality they speak about N2 Gate way. My borne of contention to his speech was, he was representing the government at the meeting as MEC but have chosen to flatter them. Read the rest of this entry »

To MEC Whitey Jacobs: We will be heard!

2 11 2008
Gugulethu AEC Press Release
Sunday November 2, 2008

Gugulethu — Earlier today, MEC for Housing Whitey Jacobs finally showed up at our weekly mass meeting that is held in the Gugulethu Sports Complex.  In the packed room, people were finally able to speak directly to the person who has the ability to improve their lives.

The people are angry about being neglected and ignored.  But they spoke of their demands and their rights as citizens of this country.

We are building democracy here from the ground up.  We are forcing the government to listen to the words of the poor.  If power conceeds nothing with out a demand, then here are our demands:

No Land! No House! No Vote!

We will speak!

We will speak!

The people shall speak for themselves!

The people shall speak for themselves!

For high quality versions of these pictures, email us.

For more information, contact Mncedisi at 646

Press Invite: MEC to attend Gugulethu mass meeting

30 10 2008
Gugulethu Anti-Eviction Campaign Press Invite
Friday 31 October, 2008

The residents of Gugulethu have at last managed to get a hold of the MEC for housing.  Even though we live in Whitey Jacobs’ backyard, he has refused to attend any of our weekly mass meetings at the Gugulethu Sports Complex.

Finally, he has agreed to meet with Gugulethu residents this Sunday, the 2 November 2008, at 14h00.  We expect him to be willing to engage with us and not use the meeting as a platform to campaign for next year’s elections.  We also expect him not to threaten us like he has in the past.

For comment, please call:

Speelman at 725
Mncedisi at 646

Good news, bad news; a carrot and some shotguns

30 10 2008

A few minutes after receiving news that they qualify for a housing subsidy, Symphony Way residents get terrorised by the police - again!

For photos and video, click here.

Delft Anti-Eviction Campaign Press Statement
30 October, 2008

What the City of Cape Town things about the poor

What the City of Cape Town things about the poor

Today, the Pavement Dwellers of Symphony Way finally met with Brian Denton, the deputy director of the Province’s subsidy registration for the Department of Housing. He confirmed that almost all Symphony residents qualify for a housing subsidy. Yet, despite this good news, residents were invaded by the city of Cape Town’s Land Invasions Unit and police who attempted to open a road that they had officially closed in February. They maintain that even though the road will remain closed, residents were not allowed to block the road. Read the rest of this entry »

Vukani: AEC Gives Housing MEC Ultimatum

2 10 2008
Vukani - AEC give housing MEC Ultimatum

Vukani - AEC give housing MEC Ultimatum

Vukani - AEC gives housing MEC Ultimatum

Vukani - AEC gives housing MEC Ultimatum

Media: Backyard dwellers livid after MEC’s ‘no-show’

16 09 2008

Note: The new MEC had promised after last Saturday’s march to come to our mass meeting. The place was full and residents were angry and upset that he wasted their time and that he is not willing to engage with residents.

By Natasha Prince
September 15 2008 at 07:57PM
Source: Cape Argus

Gugulethu backyard dwellers have given newly-appointed Housing MEC Whitey Jacobs seven more days to determine what will be done about their housing situation, after attempts to protest outside his home were thwarted by police.

The residents, who host weekly meetings at a local community sports hall, issued the ultimatum after they were prevented from marching on Jacobs’s house in Malunga Park near the Gugulethu police station on Sunday when he allegedly failed to arrive for a meeting they had called. Read the rest of this entry »

Western Cape Housing MEC to inspect poorly built Newfields village houses tomorrow

11 09 2008

Thursday September 11, 2008
Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign Press Statement

The media are invited to join the Anti-Eviction Campaign tomorrow (Friday 12 September 200 8)at 11am in Newfields Village, next to Hanover Park, Cape Town, as we host new Housing MEC Whitey Jacobs.

Jacobs has responded to our request to him that he come and inspect our houses.

We have been once again thrust into crisis by the government who, after agreeing to repair our poorly built flats, then decided to install plastic window latches.

Criminals are now having a field day in Newfields Village breaking off these latches and stealing our few prized possessions.

Below please find background information on our housing situation.

We note that the city of Cape Town announced two weeks ago that it is selling all its shares in the Cape Town Community Housing Company.

Gary Hartzenberg, Newfields Village Anti-Eviction Campaign Co-ordinator says: “The city is hellbent on running away from its responsibility to the people by privatising this housing company and this will be remembered at election time next year”.

For more info call Gary Hartzenberg on


2 400 low cost houses were built by the Cape Town Community Housing Company (CTCHC) between 1994 and 2000.

Almost immediately after residents moved in, the rent they had been told they would pay (R300 per month) was hiked to about R1500 per month.

Simultaneously, the houses began literally falling apart - damp walls, inadequate foundations and poor plumbing and cracks in the walls started appearing.

The city, which owns the CTCHC, refused to do anything until the community embarked on a rent boycott.

The CTCHC houses are situated in Newfields Village, Manenberg, Philippi, Mitchells Plain and Gugulethu.

Finally after a five year struggle by the community, the National Home Builders’ Registration Council appointed an independent consultant to audit the houses.

The audit found houses with severe cracks, poor brick-laying, loose roof tiles, soil erosion, gaps between walls and door frames and rusting window frames.

The city has launched legal action against the contractors, who they say took short cuts, to determine why the 10 low-cost housing projects were so shoddily built.

The bill for the repairs so far has run to R90 million.

Despite this, new contractors doing the repairs are again taking shortcuts to maximise their profits and are installing pointless things like plastic window latches, instead of normal metal window frames and window latches.

The repairs have cost R38 000 per house so far.

What is tragic is that most members of the community spent their tiny life savings on trying to repair their homes once the defects started to appear.

The city is now decided to dump its responsibilities by privatising the CTCHC.