WATCH | Cape Town women band together to sew masks to put food on the table amid lockdown

  Gwebza, a Cape Town women’s sewing, supplying and catering cooperative, pivoted its operations from making local school uniforms to sewing cloth masks out of traditional African fabrics. This after the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown halted their production. The women’s cooperative, headed by founder Linda Mlanzeli Baleni, operates from a factory in Woodstock and employs 34…

UPDATE on OBS CAN initiatives and needs – What we are doing

Community Action Networks are neighborhood-organized initiatives that have been set up by communities, for communities to respond to Covid-19. It often means that one neighbourhood might be paired with another, more vulnerable neighbourhood, to bring support and relief. Observatory has been paired with Mfuleni, a community of people living around 40km away. It quickly became…

TRUPA Response to the Argus article on the 16 April 2020

“R5bn River Club ‘redevelopment comes to an end after tribunal ruling” NEWS | Marvin Charles | 16 April 2020 It is so common that journalists get complex issues wrong! The headline in the Argus article by Marvin Charles, on 16 April stated: “R5bn River Club ‘redevelopment comes to an end after tribunal ruling” The facts…

City ready to support youth during lockdown for future job opportunities

From left, Samson Phiri, Lulaway’s local project manager, with Lance Greyling, the City’s Director for Enterprise and Investment and Alderman James Vos, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management. CITY OF CAPE TOWN | 16 APRIL 2020 STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES AND ASSET MANAGEMENT, ALDERMAN JAMES…

City assisting development industry during lockdown

CITY OF CAPE TOWN | 16 APRIL 2020 MEDIA RELEASE City assisting development industry during the lockdown The City’s Development Management Department is open for business during the national lockdown period. We are receiving and assessing building plan applications, and land use and development applications. Since the start of the lockdown to 9 April 2020, we…

Dear Obs residents – a word from our Chair

Dear Observatory residents, I am writing to alert you to the very good news about the River Club and to update you on work on COVID-19 in Observatory. Forgive me if this communication is a little long. 1. The outcome of the Heritage Appeal Tribunal considering the appeal against provisional protection of the River Club…

OBSID Communication to City of Cape Town

14 Apr 2020 The included letter ( READ HERE ) has been drafted with the unanimous support of the full Board of Directors of the Observatory Improvement District NPC. We acknowledge the enormous strain that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on the City of Cape Town’s departments and functions and the resultant pressure teams have been placed…

Report Back on Strandfontein Camp – Monitor C19 Report

By Tauriq Jenkins | Sunday 12 April 2020 Tauriq Jenkins (a member of an independent task team comprising medical health, legal, social services, gender experts, and civil society invited by the South African Human Rights Commission to report on the relocation camp at Strandfontein Sports Complex) This report is part of the combined independent reports (including…