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

Emerging consensus of the Usindiso tragedy

Emerging consensus of the Usindiso tragedy

Preface: News reporting functions to develop emerging consensus about the meaning of news events. In an earlier article I explored ways in which the fire in the Usindiso building in central Johannesburg, on 31 August, was reported by three news publishers, The South...

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News reporting connotations of burning building

News reporting connotations of burning building

By Paul Hendler, Stellenbosch Transparency.I reflect on the news reporting connotations by three news publishers, The South African, Eye Witness News (EWN) and The Independent on Line (IoL). In the early hours of the morning of 31 August 2023 a fire broke out in the...

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Crime and evidence

Crime and evidence

Why "crime and evidence"? Crime and evidence refers to proving that a definite individual committed a specific crime. Through violating a specific law, or common law. On 18 May Boetie Sheldon Johannes appeared in the Stellenbosch magistrate's court. They charged him...

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Enclosure mentalities: safety, information

Enclosure mentalities: safety, information

This post explores enclosure mentalities. That is, the mental constructs we erect to enclose ourselves and nature. It is a continuation of three previous posts from 2018. At that juncture I was engaging the ward committee and the neighbourhood watch regarding the...

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Stop-and-frisk harassment

Stop-and-frisk harassment

This is a story about stop-and-frisk harassment of the homeless in Onderpapegaaiberg in Stellenbosch, South Africa. It records the experiences of one Boetie Sheldon Johannes.

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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