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The City of Johannesburg has identified 37 abandoned factories in the city that it plans to ‘expropriate’ to convert into low-cost, affordable housing, says a Business Day report.
Airbnb has warned that an amendment Bill aimed at regulating the hospitality industry could potentially ‘disadvantage many South Africans’. A Times Select report says the Tourism Amendment Bill aims to bring ‘short-term rentals’ such as Airbnb under the department of tourism’s authority.
The May family, living on the side of the road across from the Windmeul Kelder winery outside Paarl – from which they were evicted in April – were dealt another blow as their case at the Land Claims Court was dismissed.
Details of how hackers intercepted e-mails between a businessman in the US and a Uitenhage law firm, supplied alternative banking details and walked away with nearly R1m have emerged in a civil battle in the Eastern Cape High Court (Port Elizabeth).
While section 25 of the Constitution explicitly rejects market-based approaches to compensation for land reform, its formula is imprecise, using the term ‘just and equitable’ compensation. Yet, says Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, section 25 is not self-executing.
The EFF’s call for land invasions came under scrutiny at the Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) yesterday, where the party has been accused of inciting poor people to engage in illegal land grabs only for them to suffer alone when their homes are demolished, notes a report in The Mercury.
The SCA has denied an appeal by an evicted family from a farm near Melkbosstrand outside Cape Town, notes a Cape Times report. The Stoffberg family had occupied the farm for more than a century after acquiring the land in 1895.
Judgment was reserved yesterday in a case pitting social justice activists against wealthy property developers in Cape Town, according to a News24 report. On 4 December 2018, a group of around 30 protesters from Reclaim the City, Unite Behind and the Social Justice Coalition occupied a parking lot at the bottom of Loop Street in Cape Town.
Imagine a situation where you put your property on the market and an acceptable, but not-perfect, offer is received. You think of the old saying “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” and you decide that you are going to accept the offer – even though it’s not ideal.
Bo-Kaap residents have claimed another victory after developer Blok Urban Living dropped its interdict against the community, says a Cape Argus report.
Land expropriation without compensation concerns have resulted in a flood of interdicts being sought in the High Court to prevent land invasions or evict those already illegally occupying land.
After trying for 22 years to lay claim to a portion of SA’s most expensive and prestigious school, labour tenants from KZN have taken their fight to the Constitutional Court, says a Business Day report.
One of the points underlined by five Durbanville farm owners, seeking an interdict against Black First Land First (BLF), is the utterance of its deputy president Zanele Lwana – that it did not matter if farmers are granted protection, the BLF would simply invade other farms in the area.
The tussle between an Eastern Cape municipality and The Employment Bureau of Africa (Teba) over a piece of land went to the Constitutional Court this week, notes a report in The Mercury. This court was approached to confirm the ruling of the Eastern Cape High Court in the protracted battle between Teba Property Trust and Senqu Municipality.
Two hundred families evicted from land they occupied opposite Dunoon in Milnerton have clubbed together to pay for lawyers to help them fight an interdict, which is expected to be heard in the Western Cape High Court today, according to a GroundUp report.