No freedom yet in stinking Zandspruit

28 04 2011
Apr 27, 2011 9:58 PM | By AMUKELANI CHAUKE and CALEB MELBY – The Times
Thania Moyo has to walk for five minutes through densely packed shacks to use a neighbourhood toilet in the yard of a family friend.

Though the 16-year-old was born in a democratic South Africa, she says she is not sure what freedom means.

Moyo has spent her life of “freedom” sharing a tiny shack with her parents and sister Samantha, 15, in the Zandspruit informal settlement, northwest of Johannesburg. Read the rest of this entry »


Solidarity: Urgent Press Statement on the Right to the City Campaign – 1 Day to go

10 06 2010

Urgent Press Statement

The Right to the City Campaign

Count Down

10 June 2010

Abahlali baseMjondolo of the Western Cape, 21 days ago launched it’s campaign ‘the right to the city campaign’ today the world and South Africans are counting few days before the kick off of the 2010 FiFa World cup, also Abahlali baseMjondolo of the Western Cape is counting few hours before kick starting it’s campaign.

Part of the aim of the campaign is to build shacks outside Green Point soccer stadium at Cape Town, occupying governmental offices, invading open public spaces within the city and occupying unused hotels, flats and schools within the City.

Tomorrow, the 11th June 2010 is the first day of our campaign, about 100 members of Abahlali baseMjondolo will meet at Cape Town next to Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) at Keizerngracht Street at 10:00 from there we will proceed to where our protest is going to take place.

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Photos of Symphony Way protesting the pending eviction

20 10 2009

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IOL photos of Symphony Way protesting after the court order

IOL photos of Symphony Way protesting after the court order

Media: Protest is ‘the only way to be heard’

17 07 2009
July 16, 2009 Edition 1

Disgruntled with their living conditions, Khayelitsha residents say that resorting to violent protest is the only way they will force the government to deliver on basic services.

Yesterday, residents of QQ Section in Site B entered their second day of protest action, in which they clashed with the police and burned tyres and rubbish in Lansdowne Road.

On Tuesday, after widespread flooding across the city because of heavy rain, theirs was one of a number of service delivery protests reported, with others in Du Noon and Samora Machel.

The Khayelitsha residents are demanding – among other services – toilets, land for housing, water and an electricity supply from the government. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: Government refuses talks with angry residents

6 07 2009
6 July 2009, 12:12
Source: Cape Times

Government leaders have branded service delivery protests in Happy Valley earlier on Monday as “purely political” and have refused to meet with the community. 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 »

Argus: ‘A baptism of fire for Zille’

6 05 2009
AEC Note: Protesters here, like in Khayelitsha, are protesting both the ANC and DA’s lack of service delivery. They are not angry about who won the elections.  All they want is for the politicians to give them the same services that they give people in the wealthy suburbs.
By Nomangesi Mbiza, Andisiwe Makinana and Elle Smook
Source: Cape Argus

As Helen Zille is sworn in as the Western Cape’s new premier on Wednesday, violent service delivery protests that have rocked Khayelitsha for more than week have now spread to Athlone.

On Tuesday, Zille claimed the ANC was driving the protests, but the party denied it had anything to do with the prolonged action, saying it was a reflection of people’s frustration over service delivery.

The party accused Zille of “conspiracy theories” and “grandstanding”.

ANC provincial secretary Sipho Kroma said the ANC supported the people’s right to express dissatisfaction with poor service delivery, but that protests should remain lawful.

Residents of Pookesebos in Athlone blocked part of Pooke Road with burning trees, tyres and rubbish.  Read the rest of this entry »