• Tshwane declared a disaster zone after hail storm

    Last Thursday, a hail storm caused extensive damage within the Pretoria area amounting to R100 million ($10 million). Largely striking the poorest areas of the city and numerous power sources, the storm also saw hail stones the size of peoples’ hands. South Africa’s Highveld is renowned for its late afternoon thunder storms during summer; this […]

  • Mass action against e-tolls only the beginning

    CONGRESS of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) marched on Friday in Johannesburg and Tshwane against the controversial e-tolling system, and submitted memorandums to various national and provincial departments. At the Johannesburg march, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said the congress was against the e-toll system and that Cosatu would continue to fight it.   “Today […]

  • Pretoria ordered to restore Schubert Park

    A small group of former Schubart Park tenants were celebrating outside the abandoned buildings early Tuesday afternoon, after news reached them that their appeal to the Constitutional Court had succeeded. “We don’t know where everyone is, and a lot of people are at work, but we’re trying to let them all know,” said one of […]

  • How public art is reshaping Tshwane

    Tshwane designers, artists and architects are transforming the city with help from Capital Collective, an organisation working to enhance collaboration between the private and public sector.

  • Fluid notions of home in Tshwane’s inner city

    The notion of adequate housing and of a ‘home’ is a multidimensional concept that takes into account personal, social, economic, physical and ideological aspects of what a ‘home’ means to an individual. The understanding of ‘homelessness’ and ‘houselessness’ has, universally, been borrowed from the Western perspective. It suggests that a person is ‘homeless’ when he […]

  • Gautrain and Metrorail perpetuate South African inequalities

    Several months ago, as the Gautrain pulled up to the Pretoria Station, casually looking to our left, we noticed a mass of people exiting a dirty, dilapidated, and very old train; an image that was abruptly interrupted by a wall. It was a glaring juxtaposition. The Gautrain – new, clean, and well-furnished – was distinctly […]