Cape Town – The Mother City of Inequality

Cape Town – The Mother City of Inequality

By Dick ForslundThe City of Cape Town is proudly proclaimed in travel brochures as the Mother City – a place of great historical importance, the mother which welcomed a free Nelson Mandela. There is tarnish on this hallowed image – that of a city nibbling away at the...
Lacking Resources?

Lacking Resources?

By Dick ForslundA recent report to South African Cities Network shows how much of incomes households pay in property rates water and electricity supply, and solid waste and sanitation. Low income households pay 10 to 20 percentage points more of their total incomes to...
Tightening the belt | by Amandla! editorial staff

Tightening the belt | by Amandla! editorial staff

How is it possible for Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to roll out a huge infrastructure programme requiring billions of rand and to slash the budget deficit (the proportion of government spending to GDP) from ––4.6% to –3% over three years without increasing taxes?...