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One of gentrification’s most ubiquitous symbols is the emergence of a new service economy, which takes the form of trendy coffee shops, antique shops, art galleries, and restaurants. This economy caters to a new class of residents, one with deeper pockets and more ornate lifestyles. The emergence of coffee shops have been identified as one of the most prominent signs of the forthcoming economic and social refashioning of gentrifying neighbourhoods. What is significant about the sprawl of these new businesses, as opposed to standard indicators of change, is that it shows a different side to gentrification; one where not only is economic and racial change present, but also a lifestyle change as the neighbourhood is fashioned in the image of its new inhabitants.

Muhammad Zaid Gamieldien
The Con
12 June 2013

Still waiting for Minister Angie Motshekga to announce norms and standards for schools

In April 2013 I accompanied others on a visit to rural schools in the Eastern Capes part of an Equal Education sponsored trip to highlight the need for the promulgation of minimum norms and standards for all schools. This is the video produced of that trip.

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