HOUSING

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Shackdwellers’ homes destroyed on Valentine’s Day

City of Cape Town says shacks were unoccupied but residents disagree

By Velani Ludidi - 20 February 2019
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1,000 families move onto vacant land as mayor freezes evictions

Residents name settlement “Bobani Village” after Nelson Mandela Bay mayor

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 20 February 2019
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Buffalo City mum on its shoddy RDP houses

Residents say they occupied the poorly built, incomplete houses after they had stood empty for six months

By Lisekho Madikane - 15 February 2019
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Hundreds left homeless after shack fire in Dunoon

People have lost everything in the fire, but luckily there were no fatalities

By Peter Luhanga - 15 February 2019
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Vredenburg community to get new homes after protests

Saldanha Bay Municipality says protest damage came to R10 million

By Barbara Maregele - 11 February 2019
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Living on a dam wall

Shack dwellers in Dunoon have occupied the edge of a dam

By Peter Luhanga - 8 February 2019
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Court gives Hermanus occupiers till June to oppose eviction

Over 4,000 people now occupy privately owned land in Schulphoek

By Thembela Ntongana - 5 February 2019
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Woman can’t keep the dog that saved her life

Scotty rescued Nonzame Vuyi in a shack fire in Cape Town; now he may have to be sent to the Eastern Cape

By Thembela Ntongana - 5 February 2019
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Mushroomville waste pickers avoid eviction, for now

“It’s not an easy life but I have to do it to support my family back home”

By Zoë Postman - 4 February 2019
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SANDF appeal against evicted Marievale residents dismissed

Pretoria High Court says application lacks merit and orders army to pay costs

By Kimberly Mutandiro - 1 February 2019
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Activist leader Axolile Notywala arrested

Residents of informal settlements demand sanitation in protest aimed at Mayor Dan Plato

By Thembela Ntongana - 31 January 2019
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We will occupy any open land, vow backyarders

Backyarders complain that they are not given the same opportunities as people living in informal settlements

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 31 January 2019
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Evicted from their home, farmworker’s family camp in an old clinic

Sanna Syster lost her rights to her house when her husband died

By Barbara Maregele - 30 January 2019
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Glebelands hostel murder case postponed

Police officer and his co-accused are alleged to have murdered nine men

By Nompendulo Ngubane - 28 January 2019
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School hit with half-a-million rand water bill

Neighbours tapped into school’s supply

By Peter Luhanga - 28 January 2019
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Elderly residents of Durban have waited decades, in vain, for housing

“I grew old here, and so will my grandchildren.”

By Nomfundo Xolo - 25 January 2019