Submitted by Abahlali_3 on Wed, 2009-04-01 10:43.
Abahlali baseMjondolo Western Cape | Cape Town | No Land! No House! No Vote! | protest
1 April 2009
ABM WC marching to the offices of City of Cape Town
No Land! No House! No Vote!
Abahlali baseMjondolo of the Western Cape TR branch Site B today on the 1st April will be marching to the Offices of the City of Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille who is having ambitions to become the new premier of the Western Cape after this years national undemocratic elections.
During the week of voters registration (7&8 of February 2009) people of TR had decided to protest against the voters registration station that was put at their areas by IEC claiming that government had undermined the rights of people of TR for years by not improving conditions that people are living under off, TR section is still one of the areas within the City of Cape Town that are still using pure bucket system.
Submitted by Abahlali_3 on Sun, 2008-11-02 11:49.
Cape Town | Khayelitsha Struggles | Matt Birkinshaw
'Be a visitor, not a spy' - QQ Section, Site B, Khayelitsha
Matt Birkinshaw, October 2008
For the first time in history more people in the world now live in cities than in rural areas. Globally one in five people live on land that does not legally belong to them. The UN predicts that this will rise to one in three by 2050. The future, to paraphrase Mike Davis, is not made of glass and steel, but of plastic, zinc and cardboard.
Submitted by Abahlali_3 on Tue, 2008-10-21 06:30.
Abahlali baseMjondolo Western Cape | Cape Town | protest
Cape Argus 23 October 2008
Event: AbM Western Cape March
Date: Wednesday 22 October, 2008
Assemble: In between Site-B Day Hospital and Train Station. March to Stocks & Stocks.
It begins. The shackdwellers of Khayelitsha will no longer be spoken about. We will speak for ourselves.
Abahlali baseMjondolo, the shackdweller's movement that has wrecked havoc on the oppressive town planning of the KwaZulu-Natal government, is now a force to be reckoned in the Western Cape.
Submitted by Abahlali_3 on Thu, 2008-09-25 10:23.
Abahlali baseMjondolo Western Cape | Cape Town | floods | press_update | Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign
Floods Rock the City
Joint AbM and AEC Press Statement
24 September 2008
Gugulethu -- About 50 residents from Thambo Square informal settlement have been displaced from their homes to a local community hall as a result of flooding in their shacks (Cape Town's heavy rain this winter has left a lot of people homeless in the City.
The devastated group early this morning marched to the office of their local Department of Social Development seeking immediate relief or intervention such as building material for their shacks, plastic to put over their roof, blankets and a temporary sleeping place. However all they were able to get from Social Development was an unpleasing response. People were told that the ANC government had nothing to do with their situation and they must go to DA. When trying to question the unpleasing response by government, instead of receiving a proper report, the police were called to intimidate and threaten the residents. Residents then went back to their flooded homes in Thambo Square informal settlement.
Submitted by Abahlali_3 on Fri, 2012-01-06 06:14.
Blikkiesdorp | Cape Town | Chris McMichael | Hangberg | Helen Zille | n2 gateway
The Cape Town model, state violence and military urbanism
Christopher McMichael, Open Democracy, 5 January 2012
Lead by the pugnacious Helen Zille, the Democratic Alliance is South Africa’s official opposition party and the governing party of the Western Cape, the only one of nine national provinces not under the control of the ruling ANC. Despite recent successes the party has failed to win substantial support among South Africa’s black majority, due to a widespread perception that, notwithstanding its meretricious rhetoric of an ‘ Open Society’, the party remains a bastion of white privilege. Further scepticism has been created by the parties’ aggressively neoliberal policies which propose to reduce the country’s already partial post-apartheid social welfare system . However, the DA is hoping that the increasingly overt internecine fighting with the ANC will alter South Africa’s political landscape to give it a credible chance of becoming the ruling party by the end of the decade. With the ANC beset by corruption scandals, a growing intolerance for political dissent and the seeming inability to robustly tackle growing levels of social inequality, the DA is attempting to position itself as a pragmatic and efficient government in waiting.
Submitted by Abahlali_3 on Tue, 2011-08-23 12:00.
Cape Town | Development Action Group | Faranak Miraftab | Mandisi Majavu | SACSIS
Mother City to Some: The Story of Housing in Cape Town
by Mandisi Majavu, SACSIS
Cape Town is the second largest city in South Africa. Affectionately known as the ‘mother city’, it is home to about 3,4 million people. Helen Zille recently argued in the Sunday Times that Cape Town is “the least unequal city in South Africa.” The point, however, is that Cape Town is an unequal city - a white city that is not very motherly towards poor people of colour.
Submitted by Abahlali_3 on Tue, 2008-10-21 13:17.
Cape Times | Cape Town | David McDonald
Why inequality prevails in Cape Town
By David McDonald
I have been conducting research on the city of Cape Town for the past 15 years. My work has focused primarily on inequality in the city, particularly with regards to basic municipal services such as water, sanitation and electricity.
By some indicators, inequality in Cape Town has improved. There are more people with access to houses, water, healthcare, education and other important amenities - even with a rapidly growing population.
But the story is far from rosy, with Cape Town having one of the worst urban Gini coefficients in the world (a measure that compares income differentials of the richest and poorest).
Submitted by abahlali on Mon, 2006-12-11 22:00.
Anna Weekes | Cape Town | Cape Town Anti War Coalition | email | solidarity
A large crowd of Grassy Park shackdwellers loudly proclaimed themselves as Abahlali base Mjondolo outside the Cape Town High Court this morning, singing the songs of Durban comrades. They persuaded George Galloway who had come along to support them and visit other shackdwelling communities to represent them in court when their lawyer didn't show up! Galloway gladly agreed but at the final moment the lawyer appeared and the eviction was put on hold.
Cape Town Anti War Coalition wrote:
Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2006 11:51:15 +0200
From: "Cape Town Anti War Coalition"