04 Jul 2012

Hostage crisis averted in Hout Bay

Hostage crisis averted in Hout Bay

Taken from iol.co.za/By Sibusiso Nkomo:

A community liaison officer involved with the upgrading of Hout Bay harbour was held hostage for two hours on Tuesday by trainees in the government’s Expanded Public Works Programme.

Luvuyo Nongabe who works for Ilizwe Civils, which does the training, was held against his will at Sijonga-Phambili Community Learning Centre in Imizamo Yethu because the trainees had not received their monthly stipends.

Trainees locked Nongabe in a classroom at noon and told him they would not free him until their stipends were paid. He then called the police, who managed to calm the situation and negotiate his release.

“They held me in one of the classrooms after I arrived to check the attendance register and they locked the door,” Nongabe said. “They told me they had not received their stipends and wanted to know why. I then called my boss. He said there were problems with bank transfers, which would be cleared today and tomorrow.”

The trainees told Nongabe they would not go anywhere until his boss arrived to explain the situation.

Nongabe then called the police.

Hout Bay police station commander Lieutenant Colonel Dorothea Xesha said a case had not been opened but the trainees had been warned not to resolve their issues by taking people hostage.

sibusiso.nkomo@inl.co.za

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13 Mar 2012

IY in Hout Bay shows up “bigtime” on the Cape Town population density map

IY in Hout Bay shows up “bigtime” on the Cape Town population density map

Here is an image taken from http://futurecapetown.com on population densities in Cape Town.  On average Hout Bay has 1-25 people/Ha, while in Imizamo Yethu it is 50-100 people/Ha.

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15 Feb 2011

Shack dwellers left homeless after fire would consider a move

Shack dwellers left homeless after fire would consider a move
Taken from eyewitnessnews.co.za/Malungelo Booi:

Some residents of a township in the Western Cape town of Hout Bay on Monday said they would not refuse an offer to be relocated.

Many Imizamu Yethu residents have been busy rebuilding after their homes after they were destroyed in a weekend fire.

The blaze was reportedly sparked by a candle.

The City of Cape Town said it is working on a long-term plan to relocate scores of shack dwellers.

Some residents said they are tired of the constant shack fires and admit they would not oppose such a move.

About 160 structures were destroyed by the blaze, leaving 900 people destitute.

Residents said they are grateful that no lives were lost in the incident.

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31 Jan 2011

La Nina makes life hard for Imizamo Yethu

La Nina makes life hard for Imizamo Yethu

La Nina Still With Us- Conflicting Forecasts for Cape Point Peninsula

On January 29, 2011, in Environment, Weather, by Russell Hepworth

In an early post I reported that we were going to enter a La Nina cycle of weather, (for more on this follow this link.) At the time the phenomina was expected to give us a wet end to the winter, which it did, heavy rain for the north of the country in the summer and- if it stays with us, the pattern should be for a dry winter in the Western Cape.

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22 Nov 2010

How would IY and Hangberg feel?

How would IY and Hangberg feel?

Here is an interesting read on poor whites who are not welcome in certain townships, I wonder how IY and Hangberg residents would feel? Comments welcome.

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(www.790tv.co.za does not necessarily share the views of the blog)

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