Articles for Matthew Hirsch

Decision expected by end of year on people living on the streets of central Cape Town

Court judgment in eviction hearing reserved


News | 11 October 2023

Salt River heritage festival: knowing the past to shape a better world

On Saturday new giant murals were unveiled in the historic suburb


Brief | 2 October 2023

Court grants interdict against Swellendam protests

This follows chaos and violence during protests in the town in recent weeks


Brief | 22 September 2023

One less obstacle for Bishopscourt land claimants

The Friends of Liesbeek Association has withdrawn a town planning appeal, but a court case remains to be settled

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News | 22 September 2023

Swellendam community centre burnt down in electricity protest

Police and protesters exchange rubber bullets and stones


News | 20 September 2023

Social housing in Woodstock: City wins heritage hearing

Woodstock residents intend to appeal, saying they support social housing but some green space needed


News | 15 September 2023

Cape Town proceeds with rail dispute despite President’s assurances

Cyril Ramaphosa has told Parliament rail devolution is on track. The City of Cape Town disagrees.


News | 8 September 2023

Mayor’s response to electricity rates protest fails to satisfy Swellendam residents

Swellendam mayor met residents on Tuesday, but issues remain unresolved


News | 8 September 2023

Taxi task team reach agreement, but stay mum on details

Three-day imbizo on the way forward for the mini-bus taxi industry ends on a positive note


News | 1 September 2023

Swellendam residents march for cheaper electricity

This comes two weeks after the town was brought to a standstill with violent protests


News | 30 August 2023

Taxi strike cost Western Cape R5-billion, MEC tells Parliament

The strike was called without notice and badly affected businesses, learners, clinics and government services


News | 25 August 2023

Survey reveals massive decline in rail passengers over the last ten years

The number of Metrorail passenger journeys have dropped by 46-million since 2013, but gains have been made over the last year


News | 25 August 2023

EFF disrupts Cape Town council meeting, takes aim at JP Smith

But the controversial Mayco Member received a standing ovation from DA members for his handling of the taxi strike


News | 24 August 2023

Housing activists march to President’s doorstep

The existing State Land Disposal Act could be used to fast track the use of public land for human settlement

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News | 23 August 2023

City of Cape Town told to make new plan for Woodstock social housing site

Heritage approval has not been granted, contrary to City claims


News | 18 August 2023

SANTACO ends the taxi strike

Mayor describes what has been agreed to


Brief | 10 August 2023