Under national lockdown, evictions and displacements have been common. In the cities of Johannesburg, Durban, Tshwane and Cape Town the crackdown on occupiers and assault on the poor has escalated as the winter season reaches its peak. In violation of its own declaration, and at the height of the corona pandemic, the state has led the violent destruction of shelters of the poor.

In the face of this tragic reality, Tshisimani marks the 70th anniversary of the passing of the Group Areas through a series of critical reflections on the current urban land crisis by tracing its roots. The continuities of spatial exclusion, central to the colonial project, will be put under the spotlight in this programme. Helping us to think through these questions are leading voices in the field of land justice. Join the webinar with Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, an advocate and author of The Land Is Ours and Nomzamo Zondo, Executive Director at SERI, whose work is supporting landless communities with legal services.

Join the discussion on Zoom & Facebook Live: Monday, 20 July 2020 @18:00 Please RSVP to info@tshisimani.org.za by 18 July for the webinar link and data requests.

It's been 70 years since the passing of the Group Areas Act - and the Defiance Campaign that saw thousands take to the streets to fight it. In 2020 the landless still struggle, but the context has shifted. Pandemic, ecological crisis, increasing state repression, new waves of capitalism and continued legacies of colonialism mark our times

70 years on, we must ask: "What does the struggle for A PIECE OF GROUND mean today?"

Song (edited): A Piece of Ground - Miriam Makeba