26 November 2010
23 November 2010
Long-running tensions between residents of Hangberg in Cape Town's Houtbay and city council authorities once again boiled over in September 2010, with police firing rubber bullets (some claim live ammunition as well) on residents, who responded (or initiated) with rocks and petrol bombs. Situated above the bay, Hangberg is a neighbourhood of mainly working-class ‘coloured’ people. Fishing is the area's primary economic activity, stretching back several generations in Houtbay.
The city’s story is that it had an agreement with the community, struck in 2008 with Helen Zille, then mayor of Cape Town, now premier of the Western Cape. Development was on the cards as long as there were no ‘new’ arrivals building temporary dwellings on and above a fire-break on the mountain. The city then discovered that there were a number of ‘illegal’ structures on the fire-break. At a meeting on 17 September 2010, Zille insisted that residents should take down those dwellings. She was heckled and left the meeting with the issue unresolved.
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22 November 2010
- Review the research done on the Bill particularly as regards the Bill's proposed funding models for public and community media. As a starting point the Coalition believes a detailed economic modelling exercise should be conducted to ascertain the actual costs of delivering quality, citizen-orientated programming in the public and community media sectors. These costs need to be considered in the light of the new, digital multi-channel environment. We commend the Minister for committing to this.
- Review the Bill's governance proposals to ensure that there are clear lines of accountability and that the Minister is not given undue powers to intervene in terms of management issues at the SABC and in the community media sector.
- Ensure that the broadcasting sector as a whole deepens the principles of the Constitution including most importantly the Constitution's commitment to socio-economic rights.
21 November 2010
I did actually have a fun list of things I wanted to write about this week.
I wanted to write about using short stories to develop multi-protagonist plots and also how they can be used to flesh out sub-plots (but I've given you enough clues in that sentence, for you to work it out for yourself). I also wanted to write about the ways in which Amazon missed a real opportunity to change independent movie making for the better, with their launch of Amazon Studios. How, by grossly misunderstanding social networking and taking a punitive approach to optioning, they are probably going to fail. (No experienced film-maker or screenwriter is ever going to give Amazon a free eighteen month option on their project). What a shame.
Instead of these interesting avenues of discussion, this week I need to talk about a more important subject.
It's a fairly simple idea, that our community seems somehow to have forgotten...
Until the results come in, it's impossible to tell the difference between foolishness, optimism and wisdom.
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