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Cllr Ernest Sonnenberg, Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services in the City of Cape Town. Photo from City of Cape Town website.City spends hundreds of millions of rand on informal settlement sanitation: a response to the SJC

The latest in a string of articles by the Social Justice Coalition (SJC), disseminating inaccurate and misleading information, further warps the facts and the realities within which the City of Cape Town must operate. But then, the SJC never let the facts get in the way of the pretty graphics that they have begun to share widely with such gusto.

May 29, 2015
Ernest Sonnenberg
When government gentrifies: The case of De Waal Drive flats

Rent-paying families in blocks of flats on De Waal Drive are under pressure from the state to move far from the city centre.

May 29, 2015
Daneel Knoetze
SJC protesters in Cape Town yesterday demanded more money in the budget for sanitation in informal settlements. Photo courtesy of the SJC.City chooses not to invest in informal settlements

The City of Cape Town says infrastructure for water and sanitation cannot be installed in 82% of informal settlements because the land is not suitable. Yet the City’s own data tells a different story, writes Dustin Kramer.

May 28, 2015
Dustin Kramer
Terry Bell.Progress in public sector wage negotiations, but key issues remain unresolved

My column last week, comparing the pay and conditions of nurses and teachers to those of cabinet ministers, seems to have touched a raw nerve. And mainly among both national and local government employees that I failed to mention.

May 25, 2015
Terry Bell
Marikana, North West Province. Photo by Nathan Geffen.Why mining communities will take government to court

Mining companies and the government are ignoring the interests of the communities that should be benefiting from mining, writes the author. Now civil society organisations intend to take legal action.

May 21, 2015
Christopher Rutledge
Archive photo of demonstration against Home Affairs. Photo by Veronica Washaya.Operation Fiela: Sweeping Dignity Aside

Just under a month ago today, South Africa was shocked by the images on the cover of the Sunday Times on 19 April 2015. The images depicted Emmanuel Sithole, a Mozambican man and breadwinner for his family, lying on his back amongst rubbish as he pleaded with three men bearing knives standing above him, moments before they fatally stabbed him in cold blood.

May 18, 2015
Lara Wallis
Terry Bell.Extraordinary wage inequality among those paid with public money

South Africa is desperately short of nurses and many highly skilled practitioners are now over the age of 50 and nearing retirement. Yet there are estimated to be more than 30,000 South African nurses working abroad, everywhere from Dubai to Dublin.

May 18, 2015
Terry Bell
SJC members explain the budget. Photo courtesy of the SJC."What is your business in Council?" - My experience trying to participate in the City of Cape Town's budget

Every year the mayor calls for residents to participate in the budget process by making submissions on Cape Town's draft budget. Last year fewer than forty people wrote submissions and only 23 were from the public. This has been the trend for the last couple of years.

May 14, 2015
Axolile Notywala
Terry Bell.On D-Day for public sector wage agreement, consider lopsided government salaries

Don’t blame workers for poor management. And feel some sympathy for any competent managers, whether in a large school, a government department, or parastatal who often have to deal with a legacy of maladministration, all too often accompanied by levels of corruption.

May 11, 2015
Terry Bell
SAMWU protest in Cape Town, 6 May 2015. Photo by Masixole Feni.How Virginia de Azevedo has improved our health

Dr Virginia de Azevedo, the City Health Manager in Khayelitsha, has become a target of SAMWU strike action which affects ten City of Cape Town run clinics in Khayelitsha.

May 7, 2015
Lynne Wilkinson

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