Established by the Apartheid government as a “coloured” area, Ocean View is turning 50 this year but residents of this south peninsula township feel that they have nothing to celebrate.
Widespread protests for land and housing are taking place with backyarders and landless people occupying vacant land in Cape Town.
“I was thinking about my identity and the best way to express how I feel and see myself. I’ve never been comfortable with the term coloured. Through my personal journey as an artist including research I found myself more relating to the Khoi San people.”
Scores of social grant beneficiaries left the Portlands Indoor Sport and Recreational Centre in Portlands, Mitchells Plain angry and disappointed having not received the correct grant amount owed to them.
Upon entering the classroom at Lantana Primary in Lentegeur, Read to Rise programme manager Roscoe Williams is greeted with hugs and high fives from excited Grade Two learners.
The learners had been waiting in anticipation for their interactive reading session to begin as word spread that Williams was in the building. After three years of visiting the school, his Read to Rise programme has become a favourite activity.
Running the gauntlet to school is no longer a danger for some children in gang-infested Mitchells Plain thanks to an innovative ‘walking bus’ initiative implemented by the Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato earlier this year.
The initiative, which sees parents and grandparents volunteering to accompany groups of children to and from school, was introduced in Delft in May, and expanded to include the Mitchells Plain areas of Lentegeur and Beacon Valley in June.