People occupying Observatory site reject City of Cape Town’s housing offers

Graham Petersen outside the former circus school in Observatory, where 29 people occupy land owned by the City of Cape Town. Petersen says he’ll simply become homeless if they are evicted. Photo: Steve Kretzmann

Steve Kretzmann – 14 April 2023

The City of Cape Town has offered to relocate a group of people living on property formerly leased to the South African National Circus School in Observatory to sites in Philippi, Mfuleni or its Culemborg Safe Space shelter at the Foreshore.

This was revealed in the City’s court application for an eviction order against the group of 29 occupants at the Cape Town regional court on Thursday. But the group, who call themselves the Willow Arts Collective (WAC), rejected these offers…