Stellenbosch Transparency investigates and publishes the truth about elite manipulation of communities.

Official Stellenbosch is an imagined tourist reality in South Africa.  We penetrate that superficial awareness of the town and its inhabitants. Official and corporate suppression of peoples power in Stellenbosch is a South African – indeed global – microcosm.
We have deep understanding of evictions of informal traders, small producers, and residential households.  We publish analyses about grassroots social struggles against elite power.  We make these available for journalists, media, activists, organised labour and affected communities.  We dedicate our work to the achievement of social justice and peoples power.

OUR LATEST ARTICLES

Adequate housing essential for decent quality of life!

Adequate housing essential for decent quality of life!

What is meant by adequate housing? And how do we get adequate housing for all South Africans? The Stellenbosch United Action Group met with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) in October 2020. They raised the question of what constitutes violation of the right to housing.

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Struggle for Decent and Affordable Homes

Struggle for Decent and Affordable Homes

There is a social struggle over the meaning of ‘adequate housing’. The struggle is to determine where this housing should be located. And the struggle is also about who should pay for it.

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Right to Demand Adequate Housing

Right to Demand Adequate Housing

Struggle for the Constitutional Right Section 26 of the South African Bill of Rights confers on all South Africans the right to access to adequate housing. We explore the issues.

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‘Othering’ men, women and children must stop!

‘Othering’ men, women and children must stop!

The Don’t Look Away (DLA) Campaign is a project of Independent Media (IM) IM is “one of South Africa’s leading multi-platform companies”, including 20 of the country’s most prominent newspapers. DLA published an advertisement in one of these newspapers, the Week End Argus, on 08 December 2019. The advertisement has a picture of a terrified, abused young woman.

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Democracy and hearing different narratives (2)

Democracy and hearing different narratives (2)

In Part One of this series we defined ‘democracy’. We saw that the system of representative, multi-party democracy that we adopted in 1994, is a particular type of democracy. Managed democracy. We also juxtaposed this with an ideal of direct democracy where the people don’t just vote periodically but also rule in-between elections.

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Democratic systems, hearing different stories (1)

Democratic systems, hearing different stories (1)

We have a democratic system of government. Therefore, we have regular elections where different parties compete for votes. Consequently, in May 2019 there will be a general election. And in 2021, local government elections.

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FEATURED VIDEOS

Informal – A Story of Street Trade

Earning your living from a trade of your choice. Being free to occupy spaces conducive to trading. These are basic human rights.

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Wendy Housing Homeless Cloetesville

Homelessness in Stellenbosch is indicated by the extent of informal housing on the one hand and the extremely limited supply of affordable housing on the other hand.

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LATEST BULLETIN

Community Voices Bulletin 4

Stellenbosch United Action Group
Topics:

  • Lockdown and the struggle for access to adequate and quality housing
  • Housing as a Right
  • Resolving the housing question – think global, act local
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