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03 Oct 2008 description

HIGHLIGHTS

- The Constitutional Court postponed its decision on whether or not to close the Centres of Safe Shelter (CoSS) until 20 November 2008

- Despite this, the Gauteng government proceeded with the closure of the Centres of Safe Shelter (CoSS) on 30 September 2008.

- About half of the IDPs have now received an exit cash grant from either UNICEF or UNHCR in Gauteng Province and a food parcel from the South African Red Cross Society (SARCS).

- Despite these efforts, reintegration challenges remain in all provinces.

- A number of organisations, including Amnesty …

19 Sep 2008 description

HIGHLIGHTS

- Information help desks are launched in all four remaining Centres of Safe Shelter (CoSS) in the Gauteng Province.

- The Constitutional Court has postponed its decision to close camps until 20 November 2008.

- The South African Police Services (SAPS) have responded quickly and strongly to written threats against Somali shopkeepers in Western Cape.

- As of 19 September 2008, the total number of displaced people in the Centres of Safe Shelter (CoSS) and other ad hoc sites in all provinces now stands at 5,790.

SITUATION - NATIONAL

Gauteng Province

3,465 …

05 Sep 2008 description

HIGHLIGHTS

- Consolidation of the Center of Safe Shelter (CoSS) in Gauteng Province has begun on 1 September 2008.

- UN Agencies, NGOs, civil society groups and faith-based organizations are all supporting the government with reintegration plans.

- Consolidation of the sites in Western Cape has resumed once more after bad weather conditions interrupted the process on 29 and 30 August 2008.

- There have been reports of threats against Somali shop owners in Western Cape.

- As of 5 September 2008, the total number of displaced people in the Centres of Safe Shelter (CoSS) and …

29 Aug 2008 description


HIGHLIGHTS

- The humanitarian situation in some of the CoSS in Gauteng Province is deteriorating and there is a risk for potential crisis in the Akasia site.

- The City and Provincial Government of Western Cape have agreed on the main elements of a consolidation, repatriation and reintegration plan.

- As of 28 August 2008, the total number of displaced people in the Centres of Safe Shelter (CoSS) and other ad hoc sites now stands at 7,806; many in Gauteng Province have left the CoSS due to uncertainty about their futures.

22 Aug 2008 description

HIGHLIGHTS

- As of 19 August 2008, the total number of displaced people in the Centres of Safe Shelter (CoSS) and other ad hoc sites has dropped to 7, 576; many in Gauteng Province have left the CoSS due to uncertainty.

- The Constitutional High Court ordered humans rights and legal organizations to engage in a mediation process with the provincial authorities and extended the closure of the CoSS to 30 September 2008.

- The City and Provincial Government of Western Cape have agreed to consolidate existing CoSS and ad hoc sites to three main locations by 31 August 2008 and are …

15 Aug 2008 description

HIGHLIGHTS

- As of 12 August 2008, the total number of displaced people in the Centres of Safe Shelter (CoSS) and other ad hoc sites dropped to 8,323, mainly due to the closure of five sites in Western Cape Province.

- Gauteng provincial authorities have suspended plans to today close the remaining CoSS in Johannesburg after local human rights and legal organizations sought to extend the deadline for the closure in the courts.

21 Jul 2008 description

HIGHLIGHTS

- The total number of displaced people now stands at 12,297 in 72 sites nationwide.

- In Durban,166 Congolese, mostly refugees or documented asylum seekers, of which 38 women and 75 children, that sought refuge at the City Hall on 10 July 2008 were forced to move to the Albert Park. The Municipal-DMC is currently threatening to remove the tents erected at Albert Park.

- On 16 July 2008, violence erupted in the Rifle Range site in Gauteng Province.

27 Jun 2008 description


HIGHLIGHTS

- The total number of displaced people has slightly reduced to 13,872, representing a reduction of 5 percent since the last situation report (21 June 2008).

- More than 680 people were moved to a new site near Boksburg on 24 June 2008 after soil tests revealed high levels of heavy metal contaminants at the Wadeville Center of Safe Shelter (CoSS).

21 Jun 2008 description


HIGHLIGHTS

- There are 14,647 displaced foreign nationals staying in ad hoc shelters and at new sites across Gauteng, Western Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal provinces.

- The UN inter-agency team, NGOs and the Red Cross Movement are conducting a series of trainings and capacity-building exercises for officials in Western Cape on minimum standards in disaster response.

- The acting UN Resident Coordinator and UN Heads of Agencies in South Africa met with senior Government officials to take stock of progress made in the humanitarian response.

11 Jun 2008 description

HIGHLIGHTS

- Western Cape declares a disaster on 2 June 2008 in order to activate additional resources for the humanitarian response.

- Violence against foreign nationals has decreased and the security situation has stabilized. The South African National Defence Force personnel are withdrawn from townships and informal settlements.

- The consolidation of displaced foreign nationals at six new Centres of Safe Shelter (CoSS) in Johannesburg and Ekhuruleni municipalities in Gauteng Province has concluded.

06 Jun 2008 description

(Johannesburg / New York: 6 June 2008): The United Nations System in South Africa is deeply saddened by the recent xenophobic attacks targeting foreign nationals; and concerned about the plight of almost 29,000 people displaced and currently residing in 99 ad hoc and temporary shelters in Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal Provinces.

03 Jun 2008 description

HIGHLIGHTS

- Declaration of a disaster is made in Gauteng Province, enabling the provincial authorities to access funds for the response.

- 2,525 foreign nationals are moved from where they spontaneously gathered for safety at police stations to new temporary shelters in Johannesburg and Ekhuruleni municipalities.

- The international humanitarian and national human rights community express concerns that some of the new sites do not meet minimum humanitarian standards and do not provide for adequate human security.

- A government and inter-agency assessment of possible temporary …

28 May 2008 description

HIGHLIGHTS

- More than 38,700 foreigners are displaced at 95 sites in Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal and Western Cape provinces.

- Mozambicans, Malawians and Zimbabweans and other foreign communities are fleeing the country out of fear, with their embassies offering logistical support to leave South Africa.

- More than 55 persons have been killed in attacks related to xenophobic violence, according to media sources.

- Overall violence is reported to have decreased during the reporting period.

- The international humanitarian community is supporting municipal authorities in a rapid …

24 May 2008 description

HIGHLIGHTS

- Violence in townships against foreign nationals has claimed 42 lives (23 May 2008) and has spread to most of the country;

- According to the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC), more than 21,800 persons are currently displaced in South Africa as a result of the violence;

- Most of the displaced are currently sheltered in ad hoc relief sites at police and fire stations, churches and other public buildings;

- The Government is considering the establishment of 'centres of safe shelter' to assist and protect the displaced if the current level of …