The City of Cape Town says it’s doing all it can to address the plight of people living in informal settlements. This follows complaints from residents at Burundi in Mfuleni of flooded and mud-ridden streets after heavy rains. The number of informal settlements increases every year and living conditions are[…]
On Saturday Lizzy Mathiso woke up to find the crèche she owns and runs in Lwandle in shambles. Two classrooms which cater for 54 children were destroyed. She was one of many people living in Cape Town’s informal settlements to have their shacks destroyed or damaged and to find themselves[…]
On Thursday, the Social Justice Coalition, as well as residents from the areas of Philippi, Kraaifontein and Khayelitsha marched to the Cape Town Civic Centre to highlight their extreme lack of basic services. Approximately 500 residents from Ses’khona in Philippi East, Nkandla in Kraaifontein, and Island, Green Point and KK[…]
Do residents of Cape Town’s informal settlements receive inferior sanitation services to those provided to residents living in wealthier areas? Does this constitute unfair discrimination? On December 5 and 6, the Equality Court will hear an application being brought by the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) against the City of Cape[…]
A number of homes on the Cape Flats were severely damaged by Wednesday night’s gale force winds. Heavy rains and strong winds have lashed the city over the past two days, flooding informal settlements and the coastline. On Thursday, the Disaster Management Centre reported that roofs have been blown off[…]
Western Cape authorities will be looking to start mop-up operations on Thursday as a deadly storm peters out and heads inland. Eight people lost their lives in the storm that wreaked havoc across the province. The South African Weather Service is warning that heavy rainfall, strong winds and rough seas[…]
Three early morning fires in Cape Town destroyed 48 homes and left 135 people displaced. Fire and Rescue services spokesperson Liezl Moodie on Sunday said firefighters responded to a blaze in Sam Njokozela Avenue, Bloekombos shortly after 02:30. “Three houses and six wood and iron structures were destroyed, affecting 15[…]
Activists in informal settlements have launched a petition calling on Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille to urgently tackle people’s living conditions in the City’s informal settlements. “We are ashamed of living in a city where over 20% of the population are deprived of dignity, and would like to add[…]
The City of Cape Town is doing everything in its power to ensure that the debris left behind by a blaze which claimed the lives of two people and destroyed 800 shacks at an informal settlement near Fish Hoek at the weekend is cleared, Human Settlements Member of the Mayoral[…]
Residents and community members from the Strandfontein community held a protest march this past weekend, against a perceived lack of communication by the City of Cape Town towards decision making in the area. The march, which was organised by the Strandfontein Social and Economic Development Forum, highlighted numerous problems currently[…]
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