Media: Land awarded to Macassar Village residents

21 05 2009
Macassar invaders stay put
Regan Thaw | 20 May 2009
Source: Eye Witness News

Dozens of backyard dwellers who invaded a piece of land in Macassar Village have vowed not to move until their grievances are addressed. Read the rest of this entry »


Newfields and Railway to meet CT Mayor and call for Moratorium on evictions in CTCHC communities

21 05 2009
Newfields Village AEC Press Release
Where: Mayors Office
When: 13h00 Today (21 May 2009)

The Newfields Village and Railway communities are heading to the offices of  Dan Plato, the new Cape Town Mayor to hand over 69 eviction notices and demand Plato call for a moratorium on evictions in all Cape Town Community Housing Company (CTCHC) areas.

The privatised government NGO has been attempting to evict the residents for years after they unfairly raised rents to almost triple the original amount, ended their rent-to-buy program, and let the housing project fall into slumlike conditions.

As former Mayco member for house, Mr. Plato knows the issues with CTCHC all to well.  He has the power to put an end to these evictions and call for good-faith negotiations that would result in a fair rent-to-buy program.

For more information, contact Gary at 072 392 5859

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Gympie Street Shame – Zille to blame?

21 05 2009

by davidrobertlewis

I have just come from Gympie Street where Willie Heyn and his family and their belongings are on the street, forceably evicted by an apartheid-era injustice which continues to play itself out today. With no opportunity given to purchase their home, in which they lived for generations, the Heyn family are now in a scene straight out of Les Misrables as the DA-Lead City continues to protect the landed gentry. Read the rest of this entry »

Build homes now, Delft protesters demand

21 05 2009
May 21, 2009 Edition 1
Niémah Davids
Source: Cape Argus

Dozens of disgruntled residents from another Delft informal settlement have burnt tyres and put up cordons across the entrance and exit points of Symphony Way to protest against a lack of service delivery in the area.

The demonstration was the latest in a series of such protests to have hit Cape Town in recent weeks.

Around 100 residents of the Blikkiesdorp informal settlement, a temporary relocation area in Delft, protested for around two hours from 8am yesterday, demanding that the provincial government give them proper housing. Read the rest of this entry »