Articles for Matthew Hirsch

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

Taxi strike death toll mounts as minister and mayor hit stalemate

Five people have died in incidents related to the taxi strike, announces police minister Bheki Cele

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News | 8 August 2023

Lives of poor and working class people upended by violent taxi strike

“Ordinary people like me are the ones suffering” says patient as clinic services impacted by taxi strike

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News | 4 August 2023

MyCiTi the focus of Cape Town’s new public transport business plan

A 15-year public transport plan passed by Council focuses on road-based public transport in the face of collapsed rail system


News | 3 August 2023

Heritage approval granted for social housing development at old Woodstock hospital

The City of Cape Town has welcomed heritage approval to proceed with its social housing plans, but the hospital is already occupied


News | 1 August 2023

UK’s Jim Skea elected chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The IPCC is one of the most important bodies tackling climate change


Brief | 27 July 2023