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Card image 24 January 2023 GroundUp

Five years on, Marievale army base families still in limbo

The latest relocation plan has been rejected by some of the respondents

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21 January 2023 IOL

Owners fight to keep homes

In 2019, it was said that 30% of South Africans used credit to purchase food. This should not have come as a surprise, as the average South African is over-indebted. In 2021, it was noted that the number of South Africans using credit to purchase food was growing. The reasons given for this were rising unemployment and the high cost of food. Trading Economics noted on its website that the prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages in South Africa increased by 12.5% year on year in November 2022.

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Card image 16 January 2023 Daily Maverick

South Africans urged to use water sparingly as rolling blackouts hit precious resource

Municipalities and water entities across South Africa have called on residents to use water sparingly as they battle continued high levels of rolling blackouts and increased demand for water as temperatures soar.

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Card image 13 January 2023 GroundUp

Western Cape has tried a new approach to housing. It’s bearing fruit

The programme accepts that informal settlements are a major part of our cities

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Card image 04 December 2022 Peoples dispatch

An image of hope: Abahlali baseMjondolo’s fight for dignity and land, 17 years on

On November 17, a photo exhibition titled ‘Socialism or Death: Abahlali baseMjondolo on the Frontlines of Struggle’ opened at The Forge in Johannesburg. The work displayed chronicles the years-long struggle of South Africa’s shack dwellers movement to secure land and housing for the urban poor

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Card image 29 November 2022 Daily Maverick

Bad to worse — massive gap in rightful housing and basic service delivery for Joburg’s inner city low-income residents

Housing shortages are one of the biggest problems faced by the underprivileged in Johannesburg — fuelled by rapid population growth. The City of Johannesburg is facing a 500,000-strong housing backlog, with at least 100,000 people living homeless and 134 buildings illegally occupied, according to the city’s last count five years ago.

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Card image 23 November 2022 GroundUp

Stellenbosch backyarders threaten to occupy golf course

Backyard Dwellers’ Forum say they’ve been left out while others are housed

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Card image 24 November 2022 Daily Maverick

After another fire rips through ‘tortured’ Masiphumelele, community members weigh in on struggles and solutions

Fire safety workshops, proper housing and more power boxes. These are some of the suggestions residents of Masiphumelele in the Cape Peninsula have for reducing fire risks. This was after the second fire in a month tore through the area on Monday, 21 November.

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18 November 2022 GroundUp

Why is government taking so long to finalise water standards?

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Card image 21 November 2022 Daily Maverick

‘We are treated like the mud you walk on in the informal settlement,’ says land rights activist

Socialism or Death: The 17-year struggle of Abahlali baseMjondolo was recently recognised at the launch of a photo exhibition by KwaZulu-Natal photojournalists.

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