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17 July 2023
Citizens Commons Workshop
Fire, Floods & Sewerage in die Kaap: The Making of an Unjust Transition. Climate Crisis and the Future of Cape Town?


Date: Friday, 21 July 2023
Time: 10:30 - 15:30
Venue: Senate Building, UWC Main Campus, Robert Sobukwe Road, Bellville


For the homeless and residents of informal settlements in Cape Town, winter is a dreaded season with shack fires, floods on the Cape Flats and sewerage spilling in townships. Ocean levels are rising and artisanal fisherfolk are losing their livelihoods.

Over the next decade, Cape Town residents will face worsening conditions with working-class people having to fend for themselves. With the deepening ecological crisis, what are our options? 

Tshisimani in partnership with UWC’s Chair for Citizenship and Democracy and the University of Johannesburg Centre for Social Change, are co-creating a space for the coming together of community activists, students, academics, environmental justice organisations and workers to collectively explore understandings of the climate crisis in the first place, and how it is unfolding in South Africa and in Cape Town, and what can be done.  What does this mean for conditions in my community? 

Panelists include Moniebah Isaacs, Dinga Sikwebu, Patrick Bond, Greg Ruiters, Zelda Holtzman and Ken Salo.

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