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Backyarders to march today on MEC Madikizela

10 October 2012 Mandela Park Backyarders Press Statement The Mandela Park Backyarders will be marching in Cape Town to the offices of MEC for Human Settlements Bonginkosi Madikizela today at 10am. The march will demonstrate our disappointment in the MEC … Continue reading

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In Memory of our fallen African brothers in Marikana

Written by Loyiso Mfuku, Mandela Park Backyarder activist, Khayelitsha, Cape Town 24 August 2012 We hereby send heartfelt condolences to all the bereaved families who recently lost their loved ones through state brutality on Thursday, 18th August 2012, in what … Continue reading

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Hellen Zille: Artificial borders and racism are inseparable, your refugee label is equal to racism

3 April 2011 Statement by the Mandela Park Backyarders The recent statement made by Helen Zille which refers to Eastern Cape migrants as refugees and her subsequent justification of the term, illustrate her failure to understand how apartheid has misguided … Continue reading

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Solidarity: We “invaded” Rondebosch Common…but only the police destroyed the fynbos.

Statement by those who occupied the common Take Back the Commons Movement 28 January 2012 We did our best. We had everything stacked against us. The might of the South African Police Force, the paranoia of some Rondebosch rate payers, … Continue reading

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Letter to the Khayelitsha Development Forum and request for follow-up meeting

Note: To our supporters of our struggle and to the media, the following letter was sent to the Khayelitsha Development Forum. They seem to have ignored our overtures towards having an open and productive discussion with them. It is unfortunate … Continue reading

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Ayanda Kota: We are all in the same boat

Solidarity Statement with the Unemployed People’s Movement in Grahamstown 13 January 2012 As Backyarders we view the security forces including the police as part of those who are suppressing poor people from raising in public genuine issues that affect us. … Continue reading

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More protests tomorrow at New Khayelitsha Hospital

12 January 2012 Tomorrow at 12pm, Khayelitsha residents will be meeting with KDF (Khayelitsha Development Forum) and the Khayelitsha Hospital officials in their quest to reverse what they believe is a fraudulent recruitment process. KDF and Hospital officials are expected … Continue reading

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Residents claim raw deal in job allotment

Barbara Maregele – January 10 2012 – Cape Times MORE than 70 000 applications have been received for 329 posts that were advertised for the newly-built Khayelitsha Hospital. This was disclosed by a District Health Services official after about 50 … Continue reading

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The Khayelitsha 10 to appear in Court this morning

11 January 2012 The Khayelitsha 10, arrested during the protest outside new Khayelitsha Hospital yesterday morning will appear in Khayelitsha Magistrate court today at 09h00. The community has vowed to intensify their protest until their members are released. This is … Continue reading

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Residents protest outside new CT hospital

Graeme Raubenheimer | EWN More than a hundred angry Khayelitsha residents are set to protest outside the newly-constructed hospital in the area on Monday morning. The group from Mandela Park claimed local authorities overlooked them when employing staff for the facility.

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