• SERI conducts inner city housing workshop in Yeoville, 24 August 2013. SERI hosted a workshop for over 100 residents living in four inner city buildings provided by the City of Johannesburg following the Olivia Road and Blue Moonlight Constitutional Court judgments. Residents from MBV 1 and Old Perm (managed by the City), Ekuthuleni shelter (managed by MES) and MBV 2 (managed by JOSHCO) attended the workshop, which provided an overview of the current litigation and facilitated a discussion on current challenges in the buildings and strategies to deal with them moving forward. It was decided that a joint commitee comprising representatives from all the buildings will be elected to take various aspects of the workshop forward. See photos of the workshop here.
  • SERI facilitated a paralegal training workshop with Abahlali baseMjondolo in Cape Town, 27-28 July 2013. On 27 July 2013, SERI conducted a paralegal training workshop for the Cape Town based members of Abahlali baseMjondolo. The workshop was held at Sweet Home Farm informal settlement and attended by approximately 30 people. It covered the following topics: Housing Act and evictions, Schools Act and Regulations, IDP and informal settlement upgrading, and the Gatherings Act.
  • SERI conducts "Deepening Democracy" workshop in Mahikeng, 18-19 May 2013. On 18 and 19 May, SERI candidate attorney Princess Magopane and SERI social researcher Thapelo Tselapedi organised and facilitated a ward-based workshop in Mahikeng, North West. Under the theme "Deepening Democracy" the workshop focused on the concept of meaningful engagement and explored the different roles and functions of provincial and local authorities in relation to water, electricity, housing and sanitation. 26 participants attended the workshop, which sought to explore how communities can engage with relevant local and provincial authorities about their specific needs. The workshop was covered by Koketso Moeti, the social media manager of Local Government Action (LGA) which is a loose affiliation of NGOs in South Africa. See photos of the workshop here.
  • SERI conducts paralegal training workshop for Abahlali leaders in Durban, 23-24 March 2013. On 23 March 2013, SERI conducted a paralegal training workshop with leaders from the Abahlali baseMjondolo movement in Durban. Topics covered included: legislative and policy framework for temporary housing in South Africa; criminalisation of activists during protests; the Social Relief of Distress (SROD) grant and the Gatherings Act. On 24 March 2013, SERI attended Abahlali's meeting on political education, where presentations were made on Abahlalism and human dignity; Abahlali structures; media communication and the Land Summit.