informal settlements

Groundbreaking toilet case heads to Equality Court

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[…]

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More homes damaged by Cape storm

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[…]

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Cape residents urged to remain cautious

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[…]

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Overnight fires leave 135 people displaced

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[…]

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De Lille urged to tackle settlement woes

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[…]

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City vows to assist fire victims rebuild shacks

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[…]

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Strandfontein residents butt heads with City

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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