The City of Cape Town has approved over 17 000 building plans worth R16 billion during the past year despite COVID-19 lockdowns. Mayoral spokesperson Lyndon Khan says a significant development, the Harbour Arch on the Foreshore, will create more than 13 000 jobs during the construction phase as part of[…]
The City of Cape Town said its R85-million (US$5.1 million) phase 4 housing project in Masiphumelele township is on track. In a statement released on Tuesday, mayoral committee member for human settlements councillor Malusi Booi visited the site and said 227 people will be benefiting from the housing project, which[…]
A day after a fire destroyed more than 200 homes and left 1 200 people homeless in Masiphumelele’s Wetland informal settlement in E-Section, residents were slowly picking up the pieces on Tuesday. Their efforts have not been helped by the inclement weather, which has battered the Western Cape in recent[…]
There’s been yet another shack fire in Cape Town, this time in Masiphumelele. The Fire and Rescue’s Theo Layne said: “Fifty informal structures were destroyed in the fire that left approximately 150 people displaced with no injuries reported. Approximately 65 firefighters were dispatched to the incident and the fire was extinguished[…]
Police were monitoring Masiphumelele, near Fish Hoek, on Monday following community protests over moves to stop people from trying to move onto a tract of unoccupied land. Activist Rosemary Milbank said Masiphumelele was “dead quiet”. “There is no drama. The streets were cleaned today,” she said after some residents lit[…]
A protest by residents of Masiphumelele to draw attention to land issues in the community cut the Cape Town Cycle Tour short on Sunday. Seventeen residents were arrested in the early hours of Sunday, March 12, after they blocked a road next to the township, GroundUp reports. Residents were unhappy[…]
A protester has reportedly died in hospital after allegedly being assaulted by angry taxi drivers during protests in Masiphumelele this week. Residents told the Cape Argus that the attack happened on Monday when community members, demonstrating in support of an application to change the bail conditions to allow activist Lubabalo[…]
Walking into the Masiphumelele community hall, the noise of children crying and chatter between their parents welcomed visitors. The room was cold and dim. The people staying there do not know whether the lights work or not. There were mattresses laid on the floor. In one corner the residents have[…]
The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has attributed a shortage of textbooks at Masiphumelele High School to violent protests and a massive shack fire that occurred in the area last year. Due to the setbacks, the school found it could not implement what it calls its Textbook Retrieval Policy. Some of the main[…]
The ANC Western Cape says it is vindicated by its position that the DA only put up a smoke screen around the suspension of Dianne Kohler Barnard in order to eventually absolve her. The African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament is threatening to find other ways of punishing Kohler Barnard[…]
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