Rural development

NGO wants Ministers to be Charged for Poor Service Delivery

Sowetan, 4 February 2008.

The Association for Rural Advancement (AFRA), a  land rights movement based in KwaZulu-Natal, has called for the Ministers of Justice and Land Affairs to be charged for failing to deliver basic legal services to farm dwellers.

AFRA Director, Lisa del Grande, noted that despite the passing of new land rights laws which give recognition and rights to farm dwellers, the two departments have failed to provide families with the necessary support to give effect to their rights.

Global Day of Action for Housing Rights

A Rally Organised in Muldersdrift

Planact, a Johannesburg-based urban community development NGO focusing on sustainable human settlements and local governance, recently supported the global call to ACT TOGETHER for HOUSING for ALL by participating in the Global Day of Action for Housing Rights on 26 January 2008 in Muldersdrift.

An initiative of the Habitat International Coalition (HIC) linked to the broader call to action by the World Social Forum, the international campaign served to highlight: 

Bakery Owner Urges Debate on Bread Price

The Times, 22 January 2008.

Imraahn Ismail Mukaddam, owner of an independent bread distributing company, is urging government to regulate basic foods.

Mukaddam argues that, “Either the government changes the basic food prices or the masses will rise. Scarcity was the catalyst of the French revolution in the 18th century.” He says that the government could redeem itself by convening a meeting between unions, bakers, the Chamber of Baking and interested NGOs to discuss remedies other than a bread price increase.

Insight into Shack Dwellers' Movement

Anarkismo, 2 December 2007.

An article published in the Anarchist journal, Voices of Resistance from Occupied London, provides a useful overview of the history and politics of Abahlali baseMjondolo.

The Abahlali baseMjondolo (Shack Dwellers) Movement began in Durban, South Africa, in early 2005. Although it is overwhelmingly located in and around the large port city of Durban it is, in terms of the numbers of people mobilised, the largest organisation of the militant poor in post-apartheid South Africa.

Neither the March nor the Money are Ours

Press Release, 22 November 2007

Abahlali BaseMjondolo

The phones of the Abahlali spokespeople have been ringing all day with calls from journalists wanting to know about the shack dweller's march that was meant to happen today and the 10 Million dollars from the Gates Foundation for Housing. We thank all the journalists for their interest. We always appreciate it. But we need to explain some things. The march is not ours and the money is not for us.

Gates Foundation to Provide US$10 Million to SA Slum Dwellers

M&G, 23 November 2007.

In an initiative to help the urban poor improve their housing, water and sanitation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced that it will provide US$10-million to Slum/Shack Dwellers International (SDI) based in South Africa.

Chairperson of the South African Federation of the Urban Poor and an SDI board member, Rose Molokoane, has described the fund as a breakthrough for slum dwellers to achieve their dreams and the opportunity to do things themselves.

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