Cape Town Community Housing Finally meets its match!

26 05 2010

Five families in Newfields Village face their verdict for their evictions on the 10/06/2010 (on the day the opening ceremony of the World Cup 2010 will be held).

Background

In 1994 President Nelson Mandela promised to build one million houses and accordingly the City of Cape Town and the National Housing Finance Company (NHFC) tried to make this dream a reality for the poorest of the poor by forming a Section 21 Company called Cape Town Community Housing Company. Eight years ago CTCHC started to build the worst houses in the history of our country with both latent and patent defects. Accordingly, the residents of the nine villages (Newfields Village, Hanover Park Phase 1, 2 and 3, Luyoloville, East Ridge, Woodridge, Manenberg (Tornado Victims) and Phillipi) went on a rental boycott, had marches to the Company, they occupied their administration office, they handed over numerous memorandums of demands and even occupied the administration building in Tijger Valley. The company changed directorship, because of bad management of fances and the pressure from the different communities. All that the community wants is to honour the original understanding and agreements made that they will get a subsidized houses and pay-off the balance over four years with affordable rental.

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Abm: Once Again the Name of Our Movement is Being Abused by the NGOs

15 05 2010

Friday, 14 May 2010
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

On Tuesday this week we were shocked to read an article in The Sowetan by Patrick Magebhula in which Magebhula claimed that Abahlali baseMjondolo is part of the Informal Settlement Network (ISN) which falls under the control of the global NGO Shack Dwellers International (SDI). Benjamin Bradlow from SDI later sent the article to the press. Read the rest of this entry »





AbM: Justice Delayed and Denied Once More for the Kennedy 12

15 05 2010

Friday, 14 May 2010
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

The Kennedy 12 appeared in Y court today. The defence lawyer was finally given case docket. At the hearing the magistrate set down 12 July 2010 as the trial date.

The five who are still in Westville Prison will appear before the same magistrate who refused them bail last year. Their bail application has been set down for Thursday 20 May 2010 at Court 10. The only difference will be that this time the defence will have been able to have read the docket before the bail application. But the accused will have spent eight months in prison before they are able to have a proper bail hearing. If the magistrate refuses bail again the matter will go the High Court on appeal. Read the rest of this entry »





Solidarity: Operation Welcome Home takes back the Land in Madison, WI

13 05 2010

May 10, 2010- Operation Welcome Home (OWH) hosted an open house on the westside of Madision, WI to celebrate moving a family into a vacant foreclosed home. The OWH effort is part of the Take Back the Land May 2010 National Month of Action to elevation housing to the level of a human right.

Desiree Wilson, who is employed as an after-school program assistant supervisor, and her two children, ages 1 and 4, were moved into the 3 bedroom home which sat vacant for approximately a year as the owners abandoned the property and the house went through the foreclosure process. The move prevented the family from facing homelessness.

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Media: It’s not paradise but it is home

10 05 2010

Athlone families turned a disused changeroom into a place to live, now it’s going to be paved for a parking lot. Report by Raymond Joseph, pictures by Fanie Jason


Photo: INLSA May 09, 2010 Edition 1 – Weekend Argus

Six families who have been living in a derelict sports changeroom at one of Cape Town’s World Cup training venues for up to 11 years, are facing eviction to make space for parking. Read the rest of this entry »





Solidarity: In the U.S., Wood Co. man forced from foreclosed home

7 05 2010

UPDATE: The Stony Ridge 7 are out of jail and free. All were charged with criminal trespass and impeding police business, both misdemeanors, and released.

STONY RIDGE, OHIO — Wood County Sheriff’s deputies swarmed the home of Keith Sadler Friday morning in an attempt to force him out of the foreclosed property.

Sadler and five others barricaded themselves inside the Stony Ridge home five days ago in protest of his bank’s foreclosure of the US 20 (Fremont Pike) property.  Sadler’s home was sold after he was unable to keep up with the payments.  According to protesters with The Toledo Foreclosure Defense League (TFDL), Sadler exhausted all other options.

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