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D6WC to take restitution matter to court

The lobby group fighting to return evicted District Six residents back to the area has threatened court action if the restitution process is not adequately addressed.   Despite years of continued discussion around land restitution, thousands of District Six claimants are yet to be remunerated and the building of homes[…]

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D6 residents up in arms over shoddy homes

By Rafieka Williams Residents from District Six  are livid over the poor construction of their homes, accusing the building contractors tasked with construction of sub-standard and shoddy workmanship. Residents moved into their homes issued by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform as part of the restitution for victims of forced removals from[…]

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D6 cookbook launched

As South Africa reflects on the 50th year since the declaration of District Six as a White Group Area in 1966, there was something good to celebrate this week with the launch of the District Six Museum’s Huis Kombuis Food and Memory Cookbook, a fitting tribute to the rich legacy of[…]

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Walk through D6 on Heritage Day

As South Africans mark Heritage Day on Saturday 24th September, the District Six Working Committee (D6WC) has planned a walk from the Grand Parade to Kaizergracht Street at 12pm. The walk forms part of a bid to raise awareness on the initiative to have District Six declared a heritage site.[…]

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Call for D6 to be proclaimed a national heritage site

The debate around restitution and the land claim process has in recent months garnered much attention, particularly following the Constitutional Court Ruling on Land Restitution. The Court ruled that the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act was invalid and that Parliament did not follow proper consultation. In light of recent[…]

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Impact of ConCourt ruling on District Six claim process

Land claimants still waiting in line for restitution were left shocked on Thursday when the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) ruled that the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act was invalid and that Parliament did not follow proper consultation. Passed just before the 2014 elections, the amended act re-opened the land claims[…]

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D6WC to meet with claimants

Despite very little progress in the District Six land claims process, it seems there may be a glimmer of hope for claimants. On Thursday, the District Six Working Committee (D6WC) announced it will host a public meeting with beneficiaries, who have who have been patiently waiting for some breakthrough in[…]

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‘District Six crime, getting out of hand’

The District Six Residents Forum held an AGM on Sunday that members say kicked off on a rocky start. Chaos ensued following a report in a local paper which incorrectly called on all residents of District Six to attend a meeting set out to address their concerns. According to the[…]

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Outstanding reception at 6th Golden Hour Luncheon

The house was filled to capacity when over 850 VOC supporters gathered to reminisce about District Six at the annual Golden Hour Luncheon, which was hosted at Darul Islam High, on Saturday. This year guests were taken down memory lane in celebration of ‘District 6: 50 years back’. The event[…]

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Easter: A reflection on interfaith relations in the Cape

In a world in which members of all ethic, cultural and religious groups have fought for acknowledgement and respect, today we witness unparalleled intolerance directed toward specific groups. Within the Western Cape, however, community members have managed to continue to practice tolerance despite rising Islamophobia globally. This undeniable tolerance and[…]

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