This is SERI’s second newsletter for 2023. In it we present a few highlights from our work in the five-month period (May to September) since our last newsletter in May 2023.
Over this period, we published a new publication reflecting on protest in South Africa and a new Community Practice Note on the African Reclaimers Organisation (ARO) that examines their contribution to the recycling economy in Johannesburg. SERI also released new translations of the Extension of Security of Tenure Act (ESTA) guide and factsheets to further our distribution and reach in the winelands.
During this period, we initiated legal action against Operation Dudula and relevant government departments for xenophobic conduct. In a case on behalf of Abahlali baseMjondolo, we secured a settlement between KwaDukuza Municipality and the Sheffield Beach/Salt Rock community that will include them in an informal settlement upgrading project. We also filed a case that challenges exclusions from the SRD grant on behalf of the Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ) and #PayTheGrants. Finally, we welcomed an order from the High Court finding the City of Ekurhuleni in contempt of court for failure to provide housing to residents of Winnie Mandela Informal Settlement.
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