Blikkiesdorp, a forgotten community

By Thakira Desai Photos by Thakira Desai and freelance filmmaker, Steffan Siebel-Cortopassi In startling contrast to the inner city, VOC’s news team was this week left speechless upon witnessing the reality of life on the outskirts of the City of Cape Town, in an area that is aptly nicknamed ‘Blikkiesdorp’.[…]

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Gang tensions growing across Flats

Tensions among different gang groupings are spreading to more communities on the Cape Flats, with areas such as Bishop Lavis and Blikkiesdorp warning of increased gang violence. The gang violence, which occurred on separate occasions in the different areas, has caused death and lead to injuries. The search for an[…]

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Blikkiesdorp angered over learner placements

While the Blikkiesdorp community awaits relocation, the community has been battling to ensure that all school learners attend and remain in school. A recent report by children’s right organisation Molo Songololo indicated that within Blikkiesdorp, at least 40 children have been left without formal education for approximately two years, as[…]

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Blikkiesdorp residents uninspired by Mayor

Blikkiesdorp residents on Monday met with Mayor Patricia de Lille to discuss the plans for relocation. While the City of Cape Town has assured residents that the temporary relocation area is soon to be dismantled, residents are unimpressed by what they describe as the City’s inefficiency. Secretary of the Blikkiesdorp[…]

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Blikkiesdorp residents demand quality housing

Last week, Blikkiesdorp residents met with Mayor Patricia de Lille to discuss community concerns, after which a meeting between the Mayor and the residents was scheduled for two weeks’ time. While those who attended the meeting said that the meeting was a success, in a community meeting held on Sunday,[…]

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