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‘Empowering youth is my top priority’ says Cape Flats author

Shanon Webb was born and bred on the Cape Flats recently launched her book, FEMPOWER.

Webb says growing up on the Cape Flats she witnessed the increase of violence towards woman and children, drug addiction and broken homes.

“This fueled my passion to see people rise and understand they posses the power to do so.”

“For generations women have been suppressed and now the doors are opening and opportunities are rising for women.

Fempower tells a story of the lives of four woman who each represent different aspects of their lives.

The former Mrs South Afica Semi-finalist, author and musician is determined to make a change through educating and empowering youth on the Cape Flats

Level one – too little too late?

Level one saw the opening of the economy but is it too late to save the damaged caused by level five lockdown.

Small and big businesses were hit hard alike by the national lockdown. The damaged caused by the lockdown had a ripple effect in society.

People pleaded with the president to opened the economy, but it fell on deaf ears. Many small and big businesses were forced to close shop resulting to job loss.

More than a third of the economy is destroyed.

The president has yet again made a loan by the IMF (International Monetry Fun and World Bank) to bail the country out of the pandemic crisis.

According to reports, an economist Morgan Stanley said the economy will take a while to recover.

Will the economy and the society stable as we enter 2021?

Concerned residents

Mogammad Adams, a DSTV installation technician says the lockdown has crippled him. “I’m struggling to keep afloat. People are counting their pennies before they spend on luxury items.”

Habib Edwards, student accommodation manager said: “All our rooms are empty. We will have to wait what the new year brings.”

Quawnieg Bailey, Education Training and Development practitioner said: ” Level One was left too late. The country was already in a recession before the lock down. I have no work.”

Hafeeth Yusuf Kiboroto

Al Jama -ah leader and parliamentarian Hon. Ganief Hendricks battled against all odds to have the body of Tanzanian, Hafeeth Yusuf Kiboroto released after more than two months.

Hendricks said: “The judge was first reluctant to grant the court order in favour of a political party, but Hendricks argued the party has the right to represent the constituency.

“The judge granted the release of the body of Hafeeth Yusuf and ruled there is no need for any red tape or DNA tests.

“Hafeeth Yusuf drowned at the canal in Vygiekraal while trying to save a 8-year-old girl, Abieda Paulse who also drowned.

Hafeeth Yusuf’s body was released from the mortuary after two months and was laid to rest at the Klip Road Cemetry in Grassy Park earlier this month.

Soraya Booley is ecstatic at the outcome of the garden in Bo-Kaap

A garden-growing initiative by the the Sustainable Group at the Koestas in Bo-Kaap was slammed by residents and the Trust of the waqaf property.

According to a statement issued from the Universal Islamic and Cultural Trust (UICT) to the Sustainble Group it stated the waqaf property is held in trust by the Darul Falaah Study Group for the purposes of future development and use for Islamic education only.

More complaints

The report revealed complaints from neighbours saying, ‘daily activities have increased in the cul-de-sac’ at the property and became a serious nuisance to them.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE reporter spoke with a few neighbours who refused to give comment.

Osman Shaboodien, chairperson of the Bo-Kaap Civic Ratespayers Association (BKCA) said over social media at a recent meeting consensus was reached with the parties involved in and around the Koestas and acknowledged the hard work that has gone in the preparation for the garden.

The matter will be tabled at a community meeting in mid- October.

Soraya Booley started the Sustainable Group of more than 100 members with the aim of residents to become self-reliant by growing vegetables and fruit.

Booley said: “The land was vacant for more than 48-years.

“It was used as a dumping ground and a drug haven.

“We cleared all the rubble and started to grow the garden.

“It serves a dual purpose to keep the community safe and also teaching people to grow their own food.”

Aisha Gierdien, a Bo-Kaap resident said: “The garden is something positive in the community.

“It will teach the youth a skill and they can turn it into a business.

Mariam Khatib stands among the rubble at the Koestas.

(Left) Hon.Ganief Hendricks leader of Al Jamah with Sh Abdurahmaan Alexander and Ebrahim Rhoda

Muslim Heritage Museum of SA

Al Jama-ah polital party hosted the unveiling of the first virtual Muslim Heritage Museum of South Africa on Table Mountain earlier this month.

One of the founding members of the Museum is Mr Yaseen Mohammed, a member of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC), and a veteran of its military wigh, Apla (Azanian People’s Liberation Army.

Mohammed played a major role in converting Robben Island to a museum, depicting its history of political prisoners held on this once notorious island.

Mohammed said: “The mission of the museum is to capture the 350 years of Muslim history in South Africa.”

“It will also record Muslim history as it happens today, with the focus on Africa.

“It will also record Muslim heritage as it unfolds and capture after the influx of Malays in the first wave and indians in the 3rd wave.

“The Muslim museum will be a great legacy to leave behind for the next generations.”

Soraya van der Meulen says she's skarreling for work during lockdown to put bread on the table.

The national lockdown has a devastating effect on the economy leaving most people skarreling for work to make ends meet.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE reporter spoke to residents and most say they are battling to survive.

Some are of the opinion that supermarkets are profiteering from the Covid-19 pandemic with their sky-high prices for essential goods.

Soraya Van der Meulen, an informal trader from Salt River said the lockdown has crippled her financially.

“The lockdown is killing me.

“I live from hand to mouth and had no income for the entire lockdown level five and four period.

“But yet I had to pay bills and put food on the table for my family.

“I had to klop aan by neighbours.

“I’m forced to skarrel around during lockdown for odd jobs.

“Life is bitter.”

Another informal trader from Salt River, Kenny collins said the lockdown is frustrating.

“I need to pay bills, but have no income.”

Bedford Moses, as shoemaker from Woodstock said he is also battling to put food on the table.

“I have applied for the Distress Relief Fund, but had no reply.

“We are desperate for work.”

A Salt River shop owner, Dawood said his future are looking bleak.

“If business remains the same, I will have to close shop.”

Veteran Community Activist, Tahir Levyl said the lockdown is for the rich.

People with money can afford to stay at home while the poor has to go out to look for work to put bread on the table.

“Whenever there’s a crisis the rich stays up there, but the poor suffers.

“I urge the public to help one another.”


Smokers are now out and about ignoring lockdown regulations skarrelling for cheap entjies.

They are more concerned to find entjies on the black market than getting infected with the Coronavirus.

Cigarette prices have soared since the start of the cigarette ban.

Smokers forked up to R200 for a packet of 20’s and R12 for a loose.

The black market is flourishing and profiteering.

A shop owner selling black market entjies said: “Its not us raising the prices, its the wholesaler.

A Salt River resident, Alwie said: “He can’t live without his smokes.”

“I paid R200 for a packet of 20’s

“It’s a complete rip off, but what can i do.”

“Each time I go and buy, the prices have gone up.

“I don’t understand why the government put a ban on cigarettes.

“You can’t smoke entjies, but dagga is legal.”

New kid on the block, Razaan flying high.

Support local artists says singer Razaan

New singer on the block,  Razaan has just released her new CD.

However, she feels young female artists do not get the proper respect and support they deserve.

“It’s tough out there and hard work.

“I would like everyone in Cape Town to listen to my tunes.”

“In order for this to happen, Cape Town needs to support local artists,” she says.

Visit her Fb page: Razaana and Instagram @razaana_official

New kid on the block, Razaan flying high.


Shafieka sets her love free in her new single  ‘Let you go’.

Shafieka urges the community to check out her new sounds on social media.

She says: “My new single is about losing the one you love.
“Everyone has lost that special someone.

“The song is about setting your love free.”

Visit her social pages : @Shafieka Patel

High Roller: Shafieka Patel




Cape Town is the most violent city which is not at war

According to crime statistics, Cape Town is considered one of the most violent cities in the world and is the most violent city in the South Africa.

Residents on the Cape Flats are constantly living in fear due to the incessant gangster shootings.

A resident from Eastridge in Mitchells Plain, Jakoef Losper says he’s ‘gatvol’ over the gangsters shooting in the area.

“Bullets fly up and down past my house everyday.

“I’m concerned over the safety of our children.

“The gangsters are out of control.”

Another resident from Eastridge in Mitchells Plain Shafeek Wickham says: “People going to work often get mugged at bus stops by gangsters.

“Our safety is a major concern.”

Mogamat Adams from Vanguard Estate says the high crime rate affects everyone.

He’s concerned about car-hijackings that’s rapidly on the increase.

“We’re not safe on the roads any more.

“Leaders need to come together and do something about the gangsters.

“It seems our government is gaining from crime.

“There is never enough police around when the gangsters are shooting.

“But when residents are protesting against crime they are  being looked at as the vigilantes.”

Faiez Jacobs, from the ANC says: “The DA is to blamed and don’t want to co-operate with the ANC.”

Mayor Dan Plato says: “The law is too lenient.”

Plato has budgeted R25million for additional city police to curb violence in the City and in the townships.

He says:”I will strenghten control in the CBD as well as in the township.”

He further says: “Gangsters have a field day in the jails where they get free food and television, almost like hotel service.”

Bo-Kaap residents protesting against BLOK developers

The recent vehement protests in the Bo-Kaap has spelt out the deep-set opposition from local inhabitants of the City to DA policy.

Helen Zille, DA premier of the Western Cape has time and again made public announcements of the intent of urbanising the City of Cape  and surroundings.

A Bo-Kaap resident Qauwnieg Bailey told PEOPLE’S CHOICE: “Greedy land developers are destroying our rich heritage.

“All these high rise buildings are adding vualue to the area which results in high rates.

“People who can’t afford to pay their rates are forced to sell their homes.

“This is exactly what they did in District Six many years ago.

“The only difference is, back then, they were forcefully removed people.

“This time they are being smart smart about it by financially forcing you out.

“We don’t want any more unlawful city developments to take place in Bo-Kaap.”

Bailey further says: “We have a lot of European foreigners moving in here.

“They are invading our Muslim Culture.”

Osman Shaboodien, chairperson of the Bo-Kaap Civic and Ratespayers Association says: ” Our heritage status is being ignored by the City.

“The City is encouraging development at all cost.”

Shamiel Abbas, chairperson of the Woodstock Community Outreach Forum says: “Woodstock and Salt River are also suffering a similar gentrification fate as the Bo-Kaap Residents.”

Veteran community worker Tahir Levy says: “Gentrification means the big guys with the money is moving in.

“The plan is to move out the working class and the homeless.

“Woodstock and Salt River residents must take heed of what is happening in Bo-Kaap.

“Residents must stand firm and unit with the people in Bo-Kaap.”