Covid-19 brings rubber bullets and water for the poor

The pandemic has pushed the state towards effective action, but this is simultaneoulsy taking both repressive and potentially progressive forms. In South Africa, and around the world, old certainties, many of them already a little brittle, are rapidly crumbling. The velocity of the changes taking place in the state, the economy and society are extraordinary….

City’s waste management during lockdown: What residents need to know

CITY OF CAPE TOWN 13 APRIL MARCH 2020   STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR WATER AND WASTE, ALDERMAN XANTHEA LIMBERG Waste management is classified as an essential service and the City of Cape Town is committed to ensuring that delivery of basic services is maintained throughout the lockdown period. Given that these…

City rolls out further community COVID-19 screening

CITY OF CAPE TOWN 14 APRIL 2020 The efforts on the clinical front are being amplified by additional interventions from other departments to help flatten the curve and curb the spread of COVID-19. Read more below: The City of Cape Town, in conjunction with the Western Cape Health Department and NPO partners are continuing the…

The Outcome of the Heritage Appeal Tribunal

On the 14 April 2020, after almost two years, the Ministerial Appeal Tribunal considering the appeal by the River Club Developers, supported by the City of Cape Town, and two provincial departments (DEADP and DTPW) came to a thunderous conclusion – that the Appeal had no merit and that the HWC decision “to provisionally protect…

Usefull Community Action Networks (CAN) Group info

For those of you who wish to get involved in doing something helpful to fight COVID-19, I want to draw your attention to various activities organized through the Observatory Community Action Networks, one of 78 active CAN‘s across Cape Town, involving more than 1200 volunteers. Click on the title above for more information. Communities are doing…

Open letter to the Mayor Dan Plato re the Homeless challenges

We write to you openly because we are deeply concerned about the Municipality’s actions regarding the problems faced by homeless people in the COVID-19 epidemic. We believe that the City’s plan to relocate homeless people to a small number of large locations for shelter is a wrong and dangerous decision. Using a single large venue,…