24 November 2021

The Liesbeek Action Campaign to march against big tech company Amazon on Black Friday

Xolile Mtembu - 24 November 2021

The Liesbeek Action Campaign calls on South Africans to join the Amazon strike #MakeAmazonPay on Black Friday, November 26 at the Liesbeek River. This comes after the American multinational conglomerate announced they will build an Amazon campus at the site.

The campaign opposes the proposed construction as the river is a sacred site for native people. The San and Khoi, Goringhaicona, Observatory Civic Association and indigenous peoples will also join workers and activists.

“We will reclaim the River as a protected life-giving entity that can’t be buried to make way for 150 000 square metres of concrete; and when we hand over a petition of over 57 600 signatures to Jeff Bezos so he can see this is a mass movement saying NO to the destruction of sacred heritage and NO to the environmental degradation,” said the campaign...


Study of Cape Town residents' perceptions of water issues

Are you a homeowner in Cape Town interested in water management? 
A researcher from Arizona State University in the United States, Hallie Eakin, is hoping to interview homeowners (18 years +) about the situation of water in the city. The research focuses on the perspectives of Cape Town residents on issues of water scarcity and water service provisioning in the city, with reference to the drought a few years back. Note that this study has been approved by the research ethics committee of Arizona State University (Internal Review Board Study STUDY00014395). 
Please see the attached flyer for more information.
If you are interested, please contact Hallie at or  (WhatsApp/Phone): +27 66 578 8418
2021 raffle!

Over R10 000 worth of prizes up for grabs! 

Our very popular annual TRASH Observatory Community River Clean-up raffle is a vital part of our fundraising activities. Funds raised from this event go towards the costs of the monthly clean-ups: Friends of the Liesbeek staff and equipment to keeping "our" stretch of the Liesbeek River beautiful and as litter free as possible.

And it's not just about our immediate environment - the reality is that trash on the banks and in the water of rivers wash down to the ocean with devastating effects for sea and bird life.

This year we have over R10 000 of sponsored items, packaged into different prizes to reward our donors. We will give you one entry to the giveaway for every R20 donated (i.e R100 donated = 5 tickets to the draw):


  • For undersea fun, we have vouchers from the Two Oceans Aquarium;
  • For the shoppers, we have V&A Waterfront vouchers
  • For the cook who hates shopping, we have UCook vouchers
  • And for the furry ones, Happy Hounds vouchers;
  • Chin-chin with your favourite cocktail with local gin from Woodstock Gin and Hope Distillery
  • A spoiling treat from the Vineyard Hotel;
  • A voucher from the (voted by the public) Best pizza place in Cape Town, our very own Ferdinandos;
  • And a voucher from Naan Better (you NEED to taste their food!);
  • From TapiTapi, vouchers for the most exciting ice-cream in town;
  • A voucher from Animals Have Rights for a pizza-and-movie night in an intimate venue;
  • For the gardeners we have Fynbos Life vouchers;
  • A voucher from Tallis who will make you even more beautiful;
  • We have some lovely artwork from local photographers such as Helen Walne and Sarah Schumann;
  • ....and some delicious wine too!

A HUGE thank you to this year's giveaway sponsors!

Terms & Conditions:


  • No giveaways or prizes are transferable.
  • No giveaways or prizes are exchangeable for cash.
  • It is up to the winner to check the expiry date of any prizes and /or vouchers and use them before the expire.
  • Vouchers and prizes will be delivered to winners in Cape Town and surrounds only.
  • Prizes will be drawn on 28 November (during the Streetopia event) and winners will be notified via email.
  • No response from winners will entitle the competition organisers to redraw for the prize after one week.
  • The judges' and organisers' decisions are final.

River Club: Utopian fantasies of a high-tech concrete jungle in a city of broken infrastructures and fractured communities

Steven Robins - 22 November 2021

While the details of the land-use planning decision to rezone the River Club land for development has yet to be dissected in the courtroom, what has become very clear is that the economic and political relations between the developers and their civil society opponents are highly unequal.

After walking along the Liesbeek River with Professor Leslie London, we stopped at the entrance to the River Club Centre in Observatory. We looked on to the remaining uncanalised section of the original river next to Liesbeek Parkway and discussed the mega-development taking place there...

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For Volunteering to sell the T-shirts. 

You can collect them after 12 noon any day at Ferdinandos Pizza 205 Lower Main Rd. We have created packs for you. You will need to sign them out. 

T-shirt sales are R200 . 

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