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southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Friday August 29, 2008 - 16:08 by Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign
Delft – Following their trip to Johannesburg and attendance at the SA Constitutional Court hearing last week, residents of the Joe Slovo informal settlement in Langa, Cape Town will be visiting the evicted residents of the N2 Gateway Houses along Symphony Way in Delft this Saturday. In addition to sharing the lessons of their struggle against forced relocation to the city's Temporary Relocation Areasin Delft, Joe Slovo residents will also spend the night in the shacks along Symphony Way as a demonstration of solidarity. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Tuesday August 26, 2008 - 15:28 by Coalition Against Water Privatisation
Johannesburg- The Coalition Against Water Privatisation will march together with different poor communities in East-London on Thursday 28th August. The march will start at 09h00 from the East- London taxi rank from where it will proceed to the offices of the Buffalo City Municipality. A memorandum of demands will be handed over to the Municipality. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Monday August 25, 2008 - 16:30 by Abahlali baseMjondolo eThekwini
There has been much discussion about the Cornubia housing development in the
press. The City and the political parties have had their say.
Tongaat-Hulett, the company that owns the land, have had their say. The
technical experts have had their say. Shack dwellers' organisations have not
had their say. We who live with the rats in the mud and the fires have not
had our say. We who were publicly promised houses in this development in
November 2005 have not had our say. We who have been beaten and arrested
while defending our right to speak for ourselves, defending our communities
from eviction, and defending our right to decent housing in the city have
not had our say.
... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Friday August 22, 2008 - 20:23 by Anti-Privatisation Forum
Today, members of the Anti Privatisation Forum (APF) joined hundreds of Joe Slovo and Inner-City Resource Centre residents at the Constitutional Court, where their appeal against High Court Judge Hlophe’s eviction order was heard. The imminent threat of mass eviction (and forcible removal to Delft) is a direct result of the top-down, anti-democratic manner in which the Ministry of Housing (and their principal agents, Thubelisha Homes) have pursued the provision/development of housing for poor communities in Cape Town, with specific reference to the N2 Gateway Housing Project. The continued failure - both in Cape Town and across the country – of government and their designated ‘development’ agents to fulfil their long-repeated promises of affordable, quality formal housing for those living in ‘informal settlements’ is at the root of the Joe Slovo crisis, as it is for millions of others. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Wednesday August 20, 2008 - 00:45 by Motala Heights Branch
This morning (19th August) an eThekwini Municipal official invaded the Motala Heights settlement with a group of security guards. They drew their guns, said that they were there to disconnect what they call 'illegal electricity connections' and what every one else calls 'lifesaving community connections' and threatened to shoot anyone that resisted. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Thursday August 14, 2008 - 19:10 by Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign
HANOVER PARK, South Africa - The Newfields Village community is angry that their children have been placed at risk by the Cape Town Community Housing Company (CTCHC). ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Wednesday August 13, 2008 - 19:35 by Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign
Kraaifontein - On Saturday, August 9, a holiday marking the contribution of women to South Africa's liberation struggle, three members of the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign joined close to 500 mourners at the funeral of Irene Grootboom held at the Wallacedene informal settlement. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Friday August 08, 2008 - 23:25 by Abahlali baseMjondolo (eThekwini)
This weekend the eight people that burnt to death in two shack fires in Cato Crest will be buried. This weekend we will continue to rebuild the Kennedy Road settlement after two fires in two weeks. We do not accept that the poor must burn in shack fires. This is not God’s will. We cannot be silent while facing these fires. If we were silent we would have no right to exist. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Friday August 08, 2008 - 21:09 by Abahlali baseMjondolo Western Cape
QQ Section – Tomorrow, the newly formed AbM Western Cape will be holding a workshop for over 10 informal settlements in Khayelitsha on the City's 'Comprehensive Plan' for Informal Settlements. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Thursday July 31, 2008 - 00:20 by Anti-Eviction Campaign
Event: March Against Evictions in Woodstock
When: Friday, 1st of August 2008
From: Gympie Street, Woodstock, via Sir Lowry Rd, into Buitenkant Str, turn into Barrack Str, turn right onto Parade Street to Court
To: Magistrate Court, Cape Town (between Buitenkant str& Parade str)
Time: Start point depart 7h30 arrival at Court 8h30 ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Thursday July 24, 2008 - 16:26 by SCHUBART/KRUGER PARK RESIDENT (SKPR)
Seven people are feared to have died in an early morning blaze today in Schubart street, Pretoria. Emergency services have not been able to confirm the fatalities and residents, frantic about the security of their homes, have been removed from the building in Schubart Park. The Red Ants have on the back of the tragedy been deployed to empty the building of residents' belongings, effecting an eviction which is being contested (see press release pasted below). Representatives of the residents are trying desperately to gain an interdict from the Pretoria High Court against the eviction. For an update from Schubart Street, please call Chauke on 0822126518 or Aubrey 0737213441 who's at the court. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Friday July 18, 2008 - 15:59 by Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign
Hanover Park – In 1994, then president Nelson Mandela promised to build one-million homes. In 2000 the Cape Town Community Housing Company (CTCHC), a private company, was entrusted to help make this promise of Mandela a reality by becoming a housing delivery vehicle for the government. In the process, they build 2,193 houses on a 'rent to buy' basis in 9 communities across the Western Cape. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Thursday July 17, 2008 - 16:28 by SCHUBART/KRUGER PARK RESIDENT (SKPR)
The residents of Schubart Park/Kruger Park will be marching on the 16th July 2008 at 11h00 am to the Office of Gwen Ramokgopa in Pretoria (corner Vermulen and Van Der Walt Street) to deliver a memorandum of grievances around the intended evictions from their flat in Schubart street. Thousands of the residents will be gathering at the Schubart street complex at 08h00 and the march will proceed at 11h00. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Wednesday July 16, 2008 - 16:00 by Abahlali baseMjondolo
Abahlali baseMjondolo very much appreciates the fact that these days, after years of struggle, the fire department and the media come to shack fires. The service from the fire department is now very good and the media treat us with kindness when they talk to us and write about us like we are people. But we remain concerned that the focus of the media is so often on the accident that caused the fire. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Monday July 14, 2008 - 16:08 by Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign
Gugulethu -- The Backyards of Gugulethu, Langa and Nyanga have been crying for help for the past fourteen years. Informal settlements are not the only places in Cape Town affected by the rain each winter. The backyard-dwellers in the townships are also flood victims. Still, all levels of government show that they only help high-profile cases; they ignore the plight of people living in the backyards. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Wednesday July 09, 2008 - 21:58 by
Residents of Atteridgeville will be marching today at 09h00 to the Tshwane Department of Housing to deliver a memorandum of grievances to the Minister of Housing, Lindiwe Sisulu, and MEC of Housing, Nomvula Mokonyane. We will gather at Jubilee Park, Sunnyside and then proceed to the Housing Department's Govan Mbeki House in Walker Street. ... read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Wednesday July 09, 2008 - 21:52 by Kliptown Concerned Residents   image 1 image
The Kliptown Concerned Residents will be marching on the 12th July 2008 at 10h00 to the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication to deliver a memorandum to Nelson Mandela. The community will be gathering at Battery Centre from 09h00 and proceed to Union Road at 11h00. We are protesting against poor service delivery in the area and we want the former State President to address our concerns. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Monday June 30, 2008 - 16:00 by Anti-Eviction Campaign
Delft-Symphony -- Last night, three police vans pulled up to Symphony Way dressed in riot gear. Without warning, they began pepper spraying people in the settlement and attempted to arrest an older resident named Auntie Tilla. When it was all over, the road's pastor had been assaulted, beaten and abducted and five residents had been pepper sprayed multiple times. An American journalist had also been sprayed merely for taking photographs of police officers. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Friday June 20, 2008 - 22:32 by Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign   text 3 comments (last - wednesday july 16, 2008 - 18:04)
GUGULETHU - A planned new multi-million rand shopping mall that is being built in Zone 1, on the site of the demolished Eyona Centre, may still be stopped, if mediation conducted by the Anti-Eviction Campaign fails at tomorrow's public meeting. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Tuesday June 17, 2008 - 23:33 by Dale T. McKinley *
It’s been five years since residents of the poor community of Phiri (Soweto) were first confronted with the practical consequences of the City of Johannesburg’s corporatisation and commodification (read: privatisation) of water delivery. That was when Phiri was chosen as the first community in the Johannesburg Metro to ‘benefit’ from the implementation of its Operation Gcin’amanzi. What subsequently happened has now been well documented many times over: the surreptitious and forcible installation of pre-paid water meters under the pretext of fixing ageing infrastructure; the victimisation and cutting-off of supply to those who refused; and, sustained resistance pitting community residents – organised through the Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF) and the newly formed Coalition Against Water Privatisation (CAWP) - against an ‘unholy alliance’ of Johannesburg Water, the City of Johannesburg, state prosecutors, the SA Police Services and private security firms. ... read full story / add a comment
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