As part of International Day for People with Disabilities, a group of disabled train commuters took the train from Cape Town Station to Fish Hoek to illustrate the challenges that disabled commuters face on a daily basis when trying to board a train. They feel that Metrorail should be providing friendlier services to the disabled.
The Equality Court sitting in the Western Cape High Court on Thursday postponed the hearing of a case brought by the Social Justice Coalition (SJC ), Equal Education and Nyanga Community Policing Forum against SAPS to 14 and 15 February 2018 for final arguments.
Four years on, after the project to build houses started at Unit P township in Mdantsane, residents still label the RDP housing development as a “project of corruption”.
The lack of economic opportunities in small rural and farming towns around the country is driving up social ills. Most of these towns rely on a single industry, typically farming. Unemployment is high and too many children pregnant. Alcohol abuse is reportedly spiking because there are more bottle stores in town than factories or bookshops.
About 100 Social Justice Coalition members and residents from Khayelitsha marched to Parliament to hand over an open letter and court papers to the Portfolio Committee of Police.
“Now we like animals because we do not know where we belong. How can we live like foreigners in our country? We do not have a councillor here because of this situation. Service delivery is very bad here”
Residents of Ducats near East London in the Eastern Cape spent many years living in the shacks. In 2003, they were very happy when they were told that a construction company had been hired to build RDP houses for them. 625 Houses were supposed to be built in this township. But the houses for 64 families did not materialise. 42 houses were left unfinished and 22 houses have never been built at all.
The lack of effective street lighting has contributed immensely to the escalation of crime in the Greater Nyanga district and surrounding areas. Cape Town’s communities are urging the authorities to take responsibility for their security and do something about visible policing – and night visibility.
More than 50 immigrants on Wednesday protested outside Wynberg Police Station to handover a memorandum to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Home Affairs and Cape Town Refugee Centre demanding better services and accountability and transparency from the organisations pledged to help them.
Hitchhiking may not be safe but neither are taxis and it is cheaper too. Obviously this does not go well with taxi owners and drivers sice it affects their business. Many hitchhikers accuse taxi operators of approaching them rudely and forcing them to use the taxi rank.
Toilet cleaners in East London are complaining about bad working conditions. Working under the Expanded Public Works Programme, the cleaners, the majority of them women, say they do not get protective gear and sometimes have to buy cleaning materials themselves. Some work without an uniform.