The Homeless targeted - for what they don’t have.
Imagine being homeless and jobless with your family in a country which guarantees you, through its Constitution, the right to dignity, food, shelter, security, education etc and you can’t get access to any of these inalienable right. Your continued poverty is a nuisance to the affluence of the bureaucracy who is supposed to provide you with services to mitigate your poverty. You can’t afford education. You can’t afford housing. You can’t afford food to feed your family. You are on Council housing lists for decades. You migrated to the Western Cape and you can’t access any services.
And then imagine that same government punishes you for not being able to access those inalienable rights.
Cape Town’s largest social housing project, Steen Villa which has 700 Units, developed by SOHCO Property Investments, a Social Housing NGO on land leased from the City of Cape Town for R150 per annum.
The Philippi Horticultural Area not only produces up to 50% of all the fresh produce consumed in the greater part of Cape Town but also serves as the primary recharge zone of the Cape Flats Aquifer.
There is a continuing struggle between balancing the need for decent affordable housing and the need for food security.
However more creative ways to supply the housing demand needs to be found and it cannot be at the expense of Food Security.
Don't get me wrong... I love my dogs... and when someday, hopefully soon, I own a car again, I would love to take them to dog-friendly public spaces like beaches and parks and of course the Seapoint Promenade. It should however bother all of us that while my dogs would be welcome in those spaces, Cape Town's poor and the homeless are not!
Two people were killed and five injured, including an 8-year-old girl, in three shooting incidents in Hanover Park on Thursday.
Western Cape police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut said all three incidents took place on Thursday morning, hours apart from each other.
"A 23-year-old man was shot and wounded at the bus terminus in Hanover Park at 05:15 by an unknown suspect who fled the scene," Traut said.