Human Rights Day celebrations take on a special form in Cape Town this year, when we remember and commemorate the lives of the Guguletu 7 who were murdered on 3 March 1986.

This year the City of Cape Town and the Provincial Government of the Western Cape will unveil a memorial to these heroes.

"It is appropriate that on Human Rights Day we remember those who gave their lives so that others could live in free South Africa. We have come a long way as the city and a country since 1986, but it is important that we keep alive the memory of those we have lost, and the circumstances of their death" says Executive Mayor Nomaindia Mfeketo.

The unveiling takes place on 21 March 2005 at 13:30 at NY1 Guguletu, between NY111 and NY121.

Urban Renewal Programme creates hundreds of jobs

The City of Cape Town has intensified its onslaught on unemployment in the two Urban Renewal nodes, Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain.

In Mitchells Plain, the City has employed 125 people to clean canals and gullies, 300 people to clean public open spaces, while 120 completed the landscaping of the area.

In Khayelitsha, 220 people have been employed to clean canals and gullies and 136 to clean open spaces.

All these projects were rolled out from 15 February until 28 February 2005.
More temporary posts are to be expected from March 2005 until the end of June 2005 The Executive Mayor of the City, Alderman Nomaindia Mfeketo said: “It is important for the City to create these temporary jobs for our unemployed citizens. This will ensure that they have the opportunity to be able to put bread on the table in order to feed their families”.
During the festive season in December 2004, the City as the implementing agent for Urban Renewal, employed 265 unemployed women and youth from Khayelitsha to clear and cut bushes and maintain the Monwabisi Beach resort.
In Mitchells Plain, 360 people were employed in bush clearing operations in June 2004. Another 240 people were employed during the 2004 festive season to remove bushes and maintain the Mnandi and Strandfontein Beach resorts.
The National Urban Renewal Strategy was announced by President Thabo Mbeki in his address to Parliament in 2001. Focusing on the areas of greatest deprivation, eight nodes were identified throughout South Africa for special government intervention. Cape Town’s two designated nodes, Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain, house almost a third of the City’s citizens.

Mayor to make announcement on housing

The Executive Mayor of Cape Town Nomaindia Mfeketo is to announce where and when houses will be built in Cape Town during her budget speech on March 31.
Speaking to residents of Ravensmead on this week, Mfeketo said: “On March 31 during my budget speech, I’ll announce where and when houses are going to be built in Cape Town.”
Mfeketo as well as Councillor Danile Landingwe, member of the Mayoral Committee for Transport, Roads and Stormwater, also assured the meeting that the City has no intentions of building a taxi rank for black-operated taxis in Tygerberg.
They gave this answer after a Ravensmead resident said there were rumours circulating in the Northern Suburbs township that the City would build a taxi rank for black taxis.
“Because African people have been accommodated at Tygerberg Hospital it doesn’t mean that you’ll bring in taxi associations such as Codeta and Cata. I can confirm what Councillor Landingwe has said: “There’s no way in which the City will build a taxi rank.”

New Chief Executive Officer for the National Development Agency (NDA)

The Minister for Social Development Dr. Zola Skweyiya has approved the appointment by the NDA Board of Ms Mangwashi Victoria “Rhia” Phiyega as the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Development Agency and has wished her success in leading the NDA into catalyst organisation in the development of poor communities and the strengthening of civil society.

“I would like to wish her all the success in her new responsibility. This marks the beginning of a new era. It has come at a critical time when the country is entering the second decade of freedom.

“There is no doubt that with her at the helm, bringing along her vast experience in the corporate and development sector, will put the NDA in good stead to play a very significant role in strengthening civil society as well as enhancing the development of poor communities and thereby assist in further deepening our democracy”, the Minister said.

Ms Phiyega will amongst others be expected to:

  • Disburse funds to civil society organisations.
  • Promote and facilitate the consultation, dialogue and sharing of developmental experience.
  • Promote relations with government stake holders pertaining developmental issues.
  • Recommend to the board the NDA strategy, mission and vision
  • Implement and execute the organisational strategy.

Ms Phiyega has over 20 years of work experience of both the non governmental, corporate and para-statal sectors.

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