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River Club’s court clash

  • High Court to hear contempt of court arguments against River Club directors next week
  • Developers have resumed construction despite High Court order to stop all work until a review of government’s authorisations is heard
  • Development opposition leader Tauriq Jenkins’ leadership of the Goringhaicona challenged

The contempt of court case against company directors behind the contentious R4,5bn Amazon-tenanted River Club development, for resuming construction at the site despite a High Court interdict to stop work, was postponed yet again at the Western Cape High Court yesterday afternoon.… Read more

Booth: A family Shakespeare couldn’t make up

England abolished slavery in 1833. It took the United States of America another 32 years, and a civil war leaving more than 750,000 bodies in its wake.

John Wilkes Booth was 26 when he shot and fatally wounded Abraham Lincoln in a the theatre, just five days after Confederate General Robert E.… Read more

Data shows we’re in deep sh*t

  • Latest Green Drop report papers over the ecological devastation caused by wastewater treatment failure
  • The widely hailed resuscitation of the Green Drop report reveals the extent of South Africa’s wastewater treatment failure, but data shows the situation is even more dire

The long awaited Green Drop report paints a bleak picture of sewage treatment failure across South Africa.… Read more

Billy Summers: Stephen King steps away from horror

Horror is a strange genre, to me at least. I cannot fathom what is enjoyable about making oneself feel scared.

A female friend has posited that women enjoy horror because it’s not as real to them; in a patriarchal society, they’re not the ones expected to go out into the dark and find out what’s making that scratching sound on the roof.… Read more

Clarke’s: More than just another hipster eatery

Bree street was always the ugly duckling of the upper section of the CBD. Having more that its fair share of unattractive buildings leering over the street, unappetising businesses such as wheel and tyre workshops, medical facilities, and double carriageways putting cars above people meant it wasn’t the street to hang out on.… Read more

Inner city social housing – five years later

  • Council last week resolved to invite public comment for social housing on two large city-owned land parcels
  • The sites are part of 11 centrally located sites mooted for social housing in 2017
  • Move welcomed by housing advocates, despite slow progress

It has taken more than five years for the City of Cape Town to release two large portions of centrally located land for social housing.… Read more

Of This Our Country: Love thy neighbour

If you play a word association game with a South African, you can put good money down that four times out of five, the response to ‘Nigerian’ will be either ‘drug dealer’, ‘makwerekwere’, ‘criminal’, or some version of the above. Essentially, negative.… Read more

Carla’s: Best prawns south of the Zambezi

There are restaurants that are worth a special journey to experience the cuisine they offer. This is in fact the basis of the Michelin start rating system. Carla’s in Muizenberg is one such restaurant.

Tucked away on vibey York Road, Carla’s has been around for about 20 years, opening its doors when Muizenberg was a seaside slum, the now thronging beach front dominated by the eerily derelict Empire cinema.… Read more

Five deaths as child diarrhoea cases surge

  • Reported cases of diarrhoea in children under five in Cape Town rose by 146% during February
  • At least five children as a result
  • World Health Organisation cites lack of sanitation, and sewage among causes of child diarrhoea
  • Sewage flows on streets in Cape Town’s poorest areas but city not investigating any link between sewage spills and child diarrhoea

With her 18-month-old daughter suffering from acute diarrhoea in mid-February, Novangele Nyikana left the one-room shack she shares with her partner and  children, and sought help at the Khayelitsha hospital in Cape Town.… Read more