Articles for Matthew Hirsch

Blow for Woodstock social housing plans

Tribunal overturns Heritage Western Cape decision to allow development at the Earl Street site


News | 15 May 2024

“Dismay” at Stellenbosch senate’s rejection of call for Gaza ceasefire

Meanwhile Nelson Mandela University senate supported a call for a ceasefire in Gaza earlier this week, and effectively an academic boycott of Israel


Brief | 10 May 2024

President tells ministers to set up task team on use of public land for housing

The State Land Disposal Act allows the President to fast track the use of public land


Brief | 3 May 2024

President Ramaphosa calls for end to farm evictions

Thousands participate in Cape Town Workers’ Day rally


Brief | 1 May 2024

Children run a gauntlet of muggings and traffic on the way to school

Pedestrian bridges across major Cape Town freeway are favourite haunts for criminals


News | 30 April 2024

Activists celebrate seven years since High Court ruling against SA nuclear deal

Vigil at Parliament also marked exactly 38 years since Chernobyl Disaster


Brief | 26 April 2024

Shelters for homeless families a rarity

The Somerset West Family Shelter is one of few in the country

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News | 19 April 2024

Last interfaith service for Dean of St George’s Cathedral

Michael Weeder, who has spoken out against Israel’s bombardment of Palestine, retires as Dean of St George’s Cathedral


Brief | 15 April 2024

Stellenbosch University senate members call for ceasefire in Gaza

Thuli Madonsela is one of more than 100 signatories


News | 12 April 2024

Thousands left homeless by storms and fires in the Cape

Heavy rains, high winds and fires devastate homes in past few days

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Photo Essay | 8 April 2024

Palestinian supporters march to Parliament

The protest marked Al-Quds Day, an international day to oppose the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory


Brief | 5 April 2024

Criminal complaint lodged against Benjamin Rattle, a South African serving in the Israeli military

Rattle’s social media posts appear to show him standing in front of destroyed buildings and rubble in Gaza

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News | 4 April 2024

Damning report on “state of disrepair” of many police stations

The committee recommended that SAPS finds a way to be less dependent on Public Works


News | 28 March 2024

Cape Town “pilgrims” walk the length of the Gaza Strip to raise awareness

March comes as US admits Palestinians are facing “acute food insecurity”


News | 21 March 2024

Housing activists frustrated by President Ramaphosa’s six-month silence on public land act

They have been demanding that government use the State Land Disposal Act of 1961 to rapidly free up land for housing


Brief | 18 March 2024