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In the news

Outcry over squatters with the best view in SA
A recent article by Anton Ferreira, published in the Sunday Times, reports that the Cederberg municipality in the Western Cape is preparing to move more than 3000 squatters to a prime site near Clanwilliam Dam, infuriating the developers and owners of adjacent multimillion-rand properties in the process.

Gugulethu Mall provides online job opportunities
Residents of Gugulethu, the Cape Town township where a R350 million shopping mall is nearing completion, can now go on-line to register for jobs at the centre. The on-line facility, under the banner of Jobs@Gugs, is being offered by Gugulethu Square and builds on a commitment made by the developers to draw 25% of the workforce during construction from the Gugulethu community.

Finance remains major obstacle to affordable housing
A forum that has brought together people responsible for end-user finance, development finance, housing development and policy recently concluded that finance is the major obstacle to providing housing for low-income earners.

Residents flee from violence in Kennedy Road informal settlement
The Kennedy Road informal settlement in Durban has been racked by mob violence since late September. More than 1000 people are estimated to have fled the settlement, fearing for their lives. Read a selection of media reports investigating the possible causes of the tension, and reporting on the response from community organisations, academics and church leaders.