Echoes of District Six evictions in case before the Constitutional Court

Judges question City of Cape Town about eviction of Bromwell Street tenants By Masego Mafata The City of Cape Town appeared before the Constitutional Court on Tuesday in a case concerning the eviction of tenants from Bromwell Street, Woodstock. Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga asked the City whether the planned eviction resembled the forced removals from District Six during apartheid. Ndifuna Ukwazi, on...

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My name was linked to an RDP house and now I can’t apply for my own. What can I do?

The short answer You first need to find out how your name was linked to an RDP house before you can apply. The long answer I have a number of questions: How was your name linked? Were you named as a dependent in your parents’ application? Did you apply together with a partner who got the house but you did not benefit? When...

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Joburg City to blame for “dark buildings” crisis say property owners

Albert Street fire tragedy sparks renewed attempt to evict hundreds of people living in derelict downtown buildings By Kimberly Mutandiro Owners of a number of “dark buildings” in downtown Johannesburg have been trying to evict hundreds of people occupying their properties for more than a decade. In the aftermath of the fire at 80 Albert Street that killed 77 people, the...

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My landlord exploited and over-charged us because we only had a verbal lease agreement, and eventually evicted us. Can he get away with that?

The short answer You can lay a complaint against him at the rental housing tribunal and also against the estate agent who tried to evict you illegally. The whole question Dear Athalie I have a verbal lease agreement for the house I am staying in, which will expire at the end of December 2023. There are no receipts of payment because our landlord...

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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 By Matthew Hirsch Heritage Western Cape has given the City of Cape Town the green light for its plan to develop social housing at the old Woodstock hospital. The building has been occupied by people since 2017. Reclaim the...

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There’s a way to sort out lighting in informal settlements

Solar powered public lights are better than high-mast lights, collaborative Cape Town project suggests By Noah Schermbrucker Solar-powered lights fixed onto the outside of shacks in informal settlements may be a better option than high-mast lights, a project in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, has shown. As part of their PhD project, Yael Borofsky and Stephanie Briers from ETH Zurich university in Switzerland collaborated with...

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Not enough public participation: Constitutional Court scraps Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act

“The importance of public participation in South Africa cannot be understated,” say judges By Tania Broughton Parliament failed to ensure public participation before passing the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act, says the Constitutional Court. The Court has given Parliament 24 months to re-enact the legislation or to start again. A public participation process must give the public a meaningful opportunity to...

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What can I do as my ex-wife, with whom I was married in community of property, refuses to sign off on her share of the house?

The short answer The divorce order, which is binding on both parties, does not in itself vest ownership in the other spouse, although it does create the right to enforce transfer. The whole question Dear Athalie My ex-wife, with whom I was married in community of property, refuses to sign off on her share of the house for which there was a joint bond,...

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How can I transfer an RDP house which is in my father’s name to my mother’s name if he left the house to me and my siblings in his will?

The short answer If your parents were married in community of property, which is likely, then the RDP house belongs to them both, jointly. The whole question Dear Athalie My late father drew up a will that leaves his RDP house to me and two of my siblings in the event of his death, but we want to transfer the deed from his name to...

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What can I do if I earn too much for an RDP but not enough to qualify for a home loan?

The short answer You can apply for a FLISP grant as part of the government's “Help-Me-Buy-a-Home” scheme The whole question Dear GroundUp I earn R9,000 a month. This means that I don't qualify for an RDP house, but I also can't get a home loan from the bank. I want my own house. What can I do? The long answer The objective of the Finance...

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