Advice Assembly

NDIFUNA UKWAZI  |  Podcast , ±25 min episodes every 4 days  |  Broadcast schedule  | 
An Advice Assembly is usually a weekly meeting of tenants, occupiers, and activists hosted by Reclaim the City and Ndifuna Ukwazi. It is a space to learn about eviction processes and law, and stand in solidarity to prevent and resist unlawful evictions and unfair landlord practices. In the context of the pandemic and lockdown measures which limited public gatherings, we realised that this space was and is still needed. Social solidarity and sharing of knowledge are essential now.

It is in this regard that we collaborated with Radio 786 as an established and trusted source of information for the community to provide both educational and practical legal advice on various tenant-landlord scenarios as well as information sessions on issues pertaining to land justice in Cape Town.

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Introduction to Enhanced People’s Housing Process (ePHP)

With home being an essential place of safety during the Covid-19 pandemic, we are continuing our series exploring South Africa’s affordable housing programmes and broader land debates with housing activist NGO Ndifuna Ukwazi. Many of us are familiar with the RDP housing programme, which is now actually called the BNG or Breaking New Ground programme, and we may have heard about Social Housing. But what other programmes exist to provide state assistance to citizens who cannot yet fully afford housing on the open market? How do people access these options and how have the programmes worked out on the ground so far? And what changes in the political context are currently influencing our right to access land and housing on an equitable basis? We are trying to answer these questions.

Bromwell Street Judgement Victory

This week, the Western Cape High Court handed down judgment in the Bromwell Street matter and declared the City of Cape Town’s emergency housing programme arbitrary and unconstitutional. The case, which was heard over two days in November last year before Judge Mark Sher, is set to have a far-reaching impact on poor and working class families facing the threat of homelessness and displacement as a result of eviction from well-located areas of Cape Town.

The City of Cape Town's Draft 'Unlawful Occupation By-Law'

The controversial City of Cape Town's By-Law seeks to criminalise the unlawful occupation of land, it does this by carrying sanctions of fines and imprisonment of up to 6 months. We argue that the City's unjustifiable intention is to criminalise the poor who are mainly black people, in the context of rampant spatial inequality and housing shortages.

NU's Ntombi Sambu and Danielle Louw are interviewed by Zeinab Bean.

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