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Facing the challenges of street trading in an open, inclusive way

The City of Johannesburg has recently embarked on a new process of trying to deal with the challenges of informal trading. But it is not doing so entirely voluntarily. Towards the end of 2013, the city dusted off a strategy … Continue reading

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Publication of “Re-imagining post-apartheid Yeoville Bellevue

After 18 months of hard work interspersed with other hard work, I finished writing a report on my 15 years of working in Yeoville Bellevue on neighbourhood development. Readers of this blog will know that I am not yet a … Continue reading

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What a place …..

Story 1 Yesterday, Saturday 8 September, the streets of Yeoville Bellevue were teeming with children. Children from all over Gauteng, bussed in by the Gauteng Department of Education to participate in an Children’s Carnival. Different schools were dressed in various … Continue reading

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A scream in the night

At around 11pm on Sunday night, as I sat working, I heard a scream – a clearly terrified woman’s scream – coming from somewhere nearby. I ran to the front door and pulled it open to try and determine the … Continue reading

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Metropolis conference

From tomorrow, 16 July, to Friday 19th July, I will be attending the international Metropolis conference in Sandton. South Africa or, more correctly, Johannesburg is hosting the event which will be attended by people involved in city development and city … Continue reading

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Oh for a responsive state!

‘Active citizenry’, as punted currently by all and sundry, is a worthy goal. If every South African and other-than-South-African living in the country was an ‘active citizen’ (which is not likely so let’s say that if just 25% were active … Continue reading

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No power to the people

In 2012, at a hearing in Alexandra for the proposed Gauteng Regulations on Shebeen Licenses, a shebeen owner made it clear that he was not happy that there were community members in the meeting. ‘If community members have a say … Continue reading

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