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Monday, 26 May 2008 - 19:20

St George's Cathedral, Wale Street (corner Queen Victoria)

Tuesday 27 May 2008
12 - 2pm

The Western Cape Civil Society Coalition (made up of trade unions, FBOs, SAHRC and human, health and refugee rights organisations) has been formed to respond to and deal with the threats of and actual violent attacks against foreign nationals as well as the humanitarian crisis that has unfolded in our country.

This Tuesday we are having a rally/public meeting to speak out against the:

  • Xenophobia that is ravaging our communities all around the...
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Monday, 26 May 2008 - 19:17

Today, with deliveries of food, blankets, health care supplies and clothing, the Civil Society Coalition delivered a letter to every displaced person. The letter expressed solidarity with residents of South Africa born in other African countries, condemned the violence, and urged all displaced people to stay and contribute in South Africa. See full text of letter.

 

Monday, 26 May 2008 - 19:07

An estimated 17,000 people have been displaced. At this time there are four big security shelters to which many people have been redirected, sometimes against their will. These facilities are Silverstroom (Atlantis), Youngsfield (Kenilworth), Soetwater (Kommetjie) and Harmony (Strand). There are still satellite churches, mosques and public shelters, however, even these are overcrowded. We had hoped that the city would have open the Civic Centre and other community halls, which they did not do, and thus we are left with many people with no place to go and no idea about the future. As the...

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Sunday, 25 May 2008 - 21:45

Various organisations and individuals are working very hard to assist refugees and immigrants in the Western Cape. If you'd like to pitch in, this website (www.tac.org.za/helpnow) is where to find out how.

  • Where to drop off donations
  • What kind of donations and assistance is needed
  • How you can volunteer
  • What to do in your own community or place of business.
  • Updates on civil society calls to government

As relief efforts build, our...

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Sunday, 25 May 2008 - 21:40

Very helpful would be companies able to donate and/or deliver food and other supplies to sites where displaced persons are staying. The following items are especially urgently:

  • Blankets
  • Toiletries, hygiene items (soap, antiseptic creams, sanitary pads, etc.)
  • Baby producsts — in particular:
    • Nappies
    • Formula feed
    • Baby food
    • Bottles
    • etc.
  • Food (esp. bread, non-perishable items like tinned food)

Very helpful would be companies able to donate and/or deliver food and other supplies to sites...

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