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20 September 2022 IOL

Civil society calls for protection of Abahlali baseMjondolo leaders following murders

The concerns, which were drafted in a letter, were sent to the government and commissioners of regional and international human rights organisations.

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18 September 2022 IOL

We’re being overlooked to prioritise Central Line dwellers – Kapteinsklip squatters

Irate shack dwellers who used to occupy the Kapteinsklip railway line decry the prioritisation of Central Line occupiers ahead of them.

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Card image 15 September 2022 EWN

Park dwellers at Albert’s Farm conservancy seeking damages after evictions

Last August, officials from the City of Johannesburg, together with officers from the JMPD and private security, descended on the conservancy and despite not having a court order, tore down their homes and put up a fence around the conservancy to keep them out.

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Card image 17 August 2022 GroundUp

Traders at historic Salt River Market will be excluded from new City development

The new site is expected to deliver 216 social housing units in a nine-storey mixed-use development but people who have been trading in the vicinity question where they are now supposed to go.

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Card image 15 August 2022 Bizcommunity

South Africa doesn’t need new cities: it needs to focus on fixing what it’s got

South Africa is a dominantly urban country, with almost 70% of the population living in cities and towns...

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Card image 08 August 2022 GroundUp

City of Joburg demolished Mama Fifi’s urban farm, but she’s determined to start again

June demolition of Bertrams Urban Farm, running for 16 years, disrupted dozens of feeding schemes

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Card image 28 June 2022 BIZCommunity

Why proper participatory processes are vital when upgrading informal settlements

Dr Sameera Mahomedy says the government seems unwilling to facilitate proper participatory processes when upgrading informal settlements...

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Card image 26 June 2022 Daily Maverick

No! In Their Own Words: What indigenous people against the River Club development have to say

The controversial River Club site in Cape Town, where giant international retailer Amazon plans to build a South African headquarters, has been embroiled in a protracted legal battle – with rival indigenous groups campaigning for and against the development. Here are the voices of indigenous communities against the development.

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Card image 20 June 2022 Daily Maverick

‘Human factors’, not just the climate crisis, aggravated KZN floods — top hydrology researcher

Professor Emeritus of Hydrology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Water Resources Research argues that not just heavy rain and climate change were responsible for the devastation in Durban and other provincial areas.

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Card image 15 June 2022 GroundUp

Khayelitsha residents shelter in churches after non-stop rain

Hundreds need blankets and food as they are cold and hungry

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(Re) designing Living Customary Law to Protect a First Wife in a Pluralistic Legal System: The Constitutional Court has spoken
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#Expropriation #compensation
AgriSA: The Expropriation Bill’s provision for nil compensation will result in a future of policy uncertainty for the agricultural sector. https://www.cbn.co.za/industry-news/agriculture/parliament-must-reject-the-expropriation-bill-in-its-current-form-to-prevent-catastrophic-consequences-for-the-agricultural-sector-and-economy/ via @BusinessNewsCT

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KZN acting judge and former head of agriculture arrested for corruption https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2022-09-20-kzn-acting-judge-and-former-head-of-agriculture-arrested-for-corruption/ via @TimesLIVE

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