Cabinet approves a massive R7.3-billion for Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.
The multi-dam project was conceived by the apartheid regime with the backing of the World Bank. Sanctions could not block this plan to secure the water supply to the Transvaal because it was approved on the pretext that the dams would bring development to Lesotho. This is not the case, however, as the 27,500 people displaced by the dams await compensation.
The Soweto Concerned Residents (SCR)/ Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF) and the Workers International Vanguard will officially congratulate the newly elected Gauteng Premier Paul “Mathousand” Mashatile with a march over basic services on the 28th November 2008. The Soweto residents will gather at the Beyers Naude Library Gardens and march to the Premier’s office to hand over a memorandum of grievances.
The Anti Privatisation Forum joined with the Coalition Against Xenophobia at the ‘Lindela Repatriation Centre’ in Krugerdorp yesterday/today for a 24 hour picket calling for Lindela to be shut down. Our struggle knows no borders and we extend our solidarity to our African brothers and sisters who are being grabbed on the street, chased out of their homes and abducted to the deportation camp. The existence of the camp is a long-standing shame of democratic South Africa.
Political parties must fight prepaid water meters on the ground in practice, not in words
Today, on the 11th November 2008, thousands of Gauteng residents marched to the City of Johannesburg Mayoral office in Braamfontein. Residents started to gather in the rainy day at Beyers Naude Library Gardens this morning and the march commenced at 11h00 to Mayor Masondo’s Office. The protest was against the City of Johannesburg’s issuing of summons or fines (R1500) to residents for tampering with or removing the pre-paid water meters in their yards, which were forcefully installed by Johannesburg Water in some parts of Soweto since 2003.
Housing Corruption in Tshwane
The Anti Privatisation Forum (APF) together with the residents of Mooiplaas informal settlement in Tshwane will be marching to the Union Buildings on Thursday 13th November 2008 to expose the housing allocation corruption scandal in Olivenhoutbosch Extension 36 (Ward 48) and demand the Minister of Housing Lindiwe Sisulu set up a formal inquiry.
Gauteng landless communities (Freedom Park, Protea Glen Bond Houses, Protea South Informal Settlement, Precast-Lenasia Extension 11, Chiawelo, Tembalihle Crisis Committee, Eldorado Park, Harry Gwala Informal Settlement) will be marching on the 30th October 2008 to demand free basic services, the removal of useless ward councillors and a halt to mass evictions. The march will start at Peacemakers Ground in Protea South and then proceed on Old Potch road and Union Road to deliver a memorandum to the Premier of Gauteng Paul “Mathousand” Mashatile.
On Thursday the 30th of October 2008, Earthlife Africa Jhb and the Anti-Privatisation Forum will be marching on the Department of Minerals & Energy, Eskom, and the City of Johannesburg. Communities across Gauteng are protesting to demand a decent, meaningful Free Basic Allocation of electricity and for increased generation of electricity from renewable resources.
Johannesburg - Residents from different areas of the Vaal will tomorrow embark on a peaceful march against the lack of service delivery and the non-removal of forty (40) council officials and councilors identified by a commission of enquiry. Residents will start to gather at 10am at the Vaal Show grounds in Veereniging to then proceed to Sedibeng Municipal Office where a memorandum of demands will be handed over to the Mayor of Sedibeng.
15 SEPTEMBER 2008 - Angry Residents in Orange Farm take the Golden Highway to demand basic services