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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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Conflicting opinions overcome by practical agreements

Conflicting opinions overcome by practical agreements

How do we go about engaging conflicting opinions? The Fence issue has morphed into something bigger. Things aren’t as clear cut as the supporters of the Fence think they are. But critics of the Fence need to ask ourselves how committed we are to organising to show a different way.

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Objective information on crime

Objective information on crime

We need objective information about goings on in Onderpapegaaiberg. Hence my 19 questions about the ward committee’s decision to build the Fence. These included questions about the decision-making process.

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Crime incidents – using the data

Crime incidents – using the data

To reduce crime incidents Onderpapegaaiberg Ward Committee erected a fence on Papegaaiberg. Its aim? To mitigate the risk of crime. And help catch criminals. How serious is crime in Onderpapegaaiberg? What are the facts about crime incidents?

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Ways of seeing crime and fencing

Ways of seeing crime and fencing

There are conflicting ways of seeing crime and fencing. For example, we can respond to crime through building walls. Or building bridges. How do we provide for our own security without violating others’ rights?

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