Mitchell’s Plain traders walk out of meeting with the City

27 05 2009
AEC Press Release on behalf of CHATA
Tuesday, 26 May, 2009

Today in Mitchells Plain at the Southern Terminal at 12h30, a meeting was held with the Concerned Hawkers and Traders Association (CHATA) of Mitchells Plain, and Cape Town officials, as well as a firefighter official working for the city of Cape Town.

The Traders Association sat for the meeting, but called it off at the beginning because they are in opposition to the city with respect to the allocation process of trading bays in Town Centre, Mitchells Plain. The Trader’s Association thanked the City for inviting them to the meeting, but claimed that they have been marginalized, manipulated, and ignored in the process of reallocation. The City has been aware of the opinions of the Traders and their opposition to the process, but yet went ahead with allocation yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Letters from David to Goliath

21 11 2008
Gugulethu Anti-Eviction Campaign Press Statement
Friday 21 November, 2008

The battle continues. Gugulethu residents are continuing to oppose the R350-million Guguletu Square Mall.  We are in solidarity with all other South African’s who are being sidelined to make way for elitist projects such as the proposed AmaZulu World in Durban.

Claims a resident: “The local small business people in Gugs will taste none of this massive cake”.  And that is true: only 10% of the mall is even open to local Gugulethu business people who can afford it.  Over 70% of the mall has already been allocated to massive corporations such as Shoprite, Spar, Truworths, ABSA, FNB, PEP and Foschini.

In a battle pitting David against Goliath (see M&G article), David rarely wins when he or she fights alone.  Yet, we are not just one David, we are many.  We are the tens of thousands of Davids living in Gugulethu who will be adversely affected by this project.  We are those who fight and we are also those to to old, to young, to scared, or to despondent to fight.  Yet we know that if we bring enough of us out into the battle, we will be able to stand up to big business Goliaths such as Old Mutual, Mzoli Ngcawuzele, and even Tokyo Sexwale.

We have sent the following letters to big business in an attempt to be heard and with the expectation of meaningful consultation and dialogue:

For more information, please contact Mncedisi at 078-5808-646 and Speelman at 073-9825-725.