Festival of the oppressed

Over a thousand people from all over Southern African converged on Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg in August for the annual SADC People’s Summit. “The festival of the oppressed”. That’s how Trevor Ngwane christened the People’s Summit at the opening ceremony on 16 August. And true to form, the many separate gatherings held on the main … Read more

Municipality to appeal court ruling against impounding

The TCOE is disappointed that the Theewaterskloof Municipality (TWK) is proceeding to the High Court to appeal against a magistrate’s decision that the impounding of seven horses in March 2016 was invalid. The TWK has given notice of appeal against a decision in July by the Caledon Magistrate’s Court that the municipality could not sell … Read more

Barrydale land occupation continues

It’s been three months now that several families in Barrydale erected temporary housing structures and began occupying public land. Following several protests and memorandums to the Municipality complaining about housing and poor service delivery to the Smitsville community in Barrydale, activists came out in support of several families to erect structures and occupy land. The … Read more

Heritage festival at iNtaba Ka Ndoda

Several hundred activists from various parts of the Eastern Cape converged on iNtaba Ka Ndoda on Sunday September 24 for the Maqoma Heritage Festival. The day was an important showcase of both culture and activism, with poetry, music and theatre performances, as well as trading in fresh produce and craft goods. Ilizwi Lamafama and Makukhanye … Read more

Barrydale residents rise up

Discontent spreads in rural Western Cape The community of Barrydale took to the streets on Saturday June 8 to demand better service delivery and housing in the town. Anger is clearly spreading in rural Western Cape as the action in Barrydale follows weeks of protests and the occupation of public land in nearby Suurbrak, and … Read more

Minister visits Suurbraak to assess situation  

Minister visits Suurbraak to assess situation   Activists in Suurbraak secured a strategic victory this month when they hosted the National Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mr Gugile Nkwinti, for talks in their town.   For over five months activists have been engaged in an Occupy Protest to raise concerns about development and delivery … Read more

Cwebe community protest Dwesa-Cwebe nature reserve

Nature reserve under fire from neighbouring communities  The Cwebe Community in the Eastern Cape has forced rangers and other employees at the Dwesa-Cwebe Nature Reserve to vacate their posts in the reserve due to lack of progress with their demands around access to and involvement in the management of the reserve. Cwebe is one of … Read more

Deadlock at Robertson Winery

LAST DITCH EFFORT TO END DEADLOCK AT ROBERTSON WINERY 25 September 217 Farmworkers union, CSAAWU, and Robertson Winery management will make a last ditch effort this week to end a deadlock in annual wage negotiations at the top wine maker. The two parties have been engaged in negotiations for the passed month but have failed … Read more

Suurbraak occupation smashed

PRESS ALERT – BREAKING NEWS 13 September 2017 BREAKING NEWS – SUURBRAAK OCCUPATION SMASHED BY AUTHORITIES Swellendam Municipal authorities this morning dispatched the Red Ants to crush the four month old occupation in Rossouw Plein along the main road into the town. A squad of Red Ants dismantled and removed the temporary structures community activists … Read more