Security fence not breach-proof

Stellenbosch Transparency assesses the effectiveness of the Fence erected on the perimeter of the Papegaaiberg Nature Reserve.

The Fence is intended to be a barrier to stop criminals. In terms of this logic, this barrier would enable the Onderpapegaaiberg Neighbourhood Watch to corner fleeing criminals. And also to prevent those ouside getting into the suburb.

What the assessment shows is that the Fence is more breachable than the securocrats running the suburb have acknowledged. The assessment concludes with the question whether a Fence is the best way also to protect the Nature Reserve from dumping.


Trailer security fence not breach-proof

The Fence was erected to secure the suburb of Onderpapegaaiberg, Stellenbosch.

Eight months later, the Fence is showing signs of breaking and entry and being breached over the top. This short trailer takes you on a walk to view the breakages and breaches.


Homeless: Fear and Loathing In Jamestown

Inadequate government funding of affordable housing is supplied to beneficiaries on municipal waitng lists.

The need – expressed through the waiting lists – greatly outstrips the supply of affordable housing.

In addition, there is no transparent set of procedures that govern who gets on to a waiting list, who could be discarded from a list and how one might progress from one waiting list to the next. The arbitrary process of constituting and reconstituting waiting lists means that many South Africans have been waiting for decades to get decent houses. One such group of suffering people are the homeless residents of the Stellenbosch suburb of Jamestown.

View an analysis of the waiting list for the Jamestown Housing Project, and hear the cries of those who were simply discarded in the bureaucratic process …..


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.

Informal housing structures are the result of independent action by communities to provide their own housing. This search shows the phenomenon of wendyhouses in the previously legally segregated township of Cloetesville, Stellenbosch.


KreefGat – A Community In Crisis (Trailer1)


The first trailer for the next docu-feature produced by Stellenbosch Transparency.

We investigate the complexities surrounding an attempted forced removal of a small community on land once owned by the Stellenbosch Municipality then sold to the Blauwklippen Agricultural Estate.

The community is expected, after 20 years, to move to another temporary relocation site and rebuild their lives under adverse conditions while continuing to wait on the broken promises of the Municipality and the Blauwklippen Agricultural Estate.

The community has decided to resist this relocation attempt and await a judgement at the high court. Stellenbosch Transparency will explore and document the details of this crisis with a hope of exposing the plight of this forgotten community in order that a possibility of a just and fair outcome can be met.


KreefGat – A Community In Crisis (Trailer2)

Eviction and Relocation

The second trailer for the next docu-feature produced by Stellenbosch Transparency.

Our investigation continues by exploring the realities of “temporary” relocation area’s constructed for the unwanted who are evicted from their places of dwelling. We briefly look at the the Symphony Way Relocation Area, also know as “Blikkies” Dorp,and what a shame it is that the City of Cape Town could allow a place like this to exist.

Bringing our attention back to Stellenbosch and the Kreefgat community, we make a comparison between the expected relocation area provided for the Kreefgat community and that of “Blikkies” Dorp. As we interview a resident who was forced to move from the Kreefgat Community to the relocation area due to losing her house in a fire, we get a first hand perspective of what this relocation area is really like putting into stark contrast the narrative of the official authorities that this relocation area the preferred location for those in Kreefgat.


KreefGat – A Community In Crisis (Trailer3)


With land and beautiful scenery in abundance it could be understandable that land owners and the municipality would attempt to maximize the potential value of thier land assets.

However, the incentive of pure profit has adverse consequences on an already marginalized and impoverished sector of the population.

The gentrification of Jamestown Stellenbosch has taken the form of high cost unit and heavily secured, gated villages, like De Zalze estate, Aan De Weber and the luxury retirement village, La Clemence.

The tangible result of this form of gentrification is the local inhabitants, with their children on the street begging for the most basic of services. The misguided solution to this crisis has been to move communities from one informal settlement to another by means of obsfucated and manipulative court documents who’s contents can be deemed legally irrelevant. Causing confusion and creating conditions for conflict.


KreefGat – A Community In Crisis (Trailer4)

Contract and Agreement

Kreefgat is a 25 year old informal settlement in Stellenbosch. Kreefgat sits on land owned by Blaauwklippen Agricultural Estates. There is a court order for Kreefgat residents to move by 7 December 2016.

On that day residents of Kreefgat started demolishing their homes. The municipality and Blaauwklippen threatened them with forced eviction. They also bribed some Kreefgat households with the incentive of completed housing. But Blaauwklippen and the Municipality have broken rules in allocating this housing.


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.

However, in Stellenbosch informal traders do not have this most basic right. On 16 January 2013 Stellenbosch Municipality evicted informal traders from a site (near the Rhenisch Church) – trading on this site had been going on for the past 17 years and it was well supported by tourists.

The Church — to its everlasting shame — had complained that the traders were defecating and urinating on and damaging church property, and making a noise with drums during church services, and threatened legal action against the Municipality if they did not remove the traders.

The Council, however, is rudderless and leaderless on this issue. There are differences within the municipality and the council about how to respond. Municipal management and political leaders passed the buck to their legal department, who advised to evict. The traders, at considerable cost to themselves, challenged the eviction in the High Court, which has to still rule on this.

As a sop the council said the traders should go and trade in the informal market near the taxi rank, but their tourist market does not shop there. The traders have suffered great economic losses. Their families are suffering too as a result. Enterprising, hard working people have had their basic human rights violated. The Municipality didn’t care. The Church didn’t care. And Stellenbosch Tourism — which ‘sells’ Stellenbosch as an international tourism destination – didn’t care.

However we care about the plight of people who are denied their rights by an unjust system. We care about the lack of transparency in the Stellenbosch Municipality where everybody is passing the buck on this issue. We care about the marketing of Stellenbosch as a sustainable and better future for all”stakeholders” when the reality is different.