Articles for Axolile Notywala

An open letter to the authorities about Marikana

We need urgent and integrated action


Opinion | 4 October 2017

Premier Zille’s childhood toilets not comparable to informal settlements

She has once more shown a lack of understanding of the lives of black people


Opinion | 8 September 2017

City discriminates against working class residents

Yet again, Cape Town’s R41 billion budget passage ignored thousands of submissions


Opinion | 13 June 2016

Whose voices really matter in the City of Cape Town’s budget?

Most of the city’s residents are excluded from the budget process


Opinion | 15 April 2016

South Africa has a draft sanitation policy, at last

But where are the timeframes?


Opinion | 4 March 2016

“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.

Axolile Notywala

Opinion | 14 May 2015

City’s water and sanitation budget not pro-poor - SJC

On 25 April, the Mayor tabled the draft budget in council, challenging residents to find evidence that it is not pro-poor.

Axolile Notywala

Opinion | 24 April 2015

Mayor de Lille, here’s your evidence. It’s time for action.

When Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille tabled the 2015/2016 draft budget last week, she said, “In my years as Mayor, not once has any substantive proof to counter our evidence of pro-poor spending ever been offered.”

Axolile Notywala

Opinion | 31 March 2015

Activists to Sonnenberg: City must engage constructively on sanitation

Yesterday the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) published a social audit of the state of municipal public toilets in Khayelitsha. Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg responded. This is a reply by the SJC's Axolile Notywala and Dustin Kramer to Councillor Sonnenberg.

Axolile Notywala and Dustin Kramer

Opinion | 2 October 2014

Unity after Madiba?

After the departure of Nelson Mandela, where is this unity we talk about? On the day of Tata's memorial the world was watching. It was a day where South Africans from different backgrounds, through the rain, walked, drove, took buses, trains and taxis to Soccer City to witness the memorial of an African hero.

Axolile Notywala

Opinion | 12 December 2013

Helping Khayelitsha’s children escape gang violence

The youth of Khayelitsha have been infected with a terrible "disease of gang violence"--as ‘Big Guy’, a radio presenter from Radio Zibonele called it--that is destroying tomorrow’s leaders. It is not hardened gangsters who are involved but children, some as young as 13.

Axolile Notywala

Opinion | 1 August 2012