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City honours late District Six leader <p>​</p><span><p>As chairman of the District Six Working Committee (D6WC) Shahied Ajam was key in leading thousands of people from District Six to restitution via a landmark court victory more than five decades after the iconic area was demolished under the Group Areas Act, and more than two decades into democracy with the help of pro bono attorneys Norton Rose Fulbright. Ajam succumbed to a heart attack just shy of the public participation process and construction of new housing units to be started later this year and early 2021.<br><br>‘Shahied Ajam was a humble man, deeply devoted to seeing the dawn of a new, reimagined District Six. Under his leadership, the D6WC was able to get all three spheres of government around one table at the same time to discuss the way forward for that community. Following their victory in court, his organisation earned the respect of all role players and became a beacon of hope for other dispossessed communities across the country. Shahied achieved so much during his time as the D6WC chairperson. This includes driving the process of having Keizersgracht renamed to its original name Hanover Street, earlier this year. For this reason, the City, in consultation with his family, wishes to honour his memory in Hanover Street,’ said Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment.<br><br>‘A tireless campaigner and passionate believer in the cause, Shahied deserves a lasting monument to honour his memory,’ said Alderman Nieuwoudt.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>Executive Mayor Dan Plato commenced with a week of remembrance this morning at the top of Hanover Street nearest to the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, by wrapping a tree in light blue fabric. The entire week will be marked by wrapping trees along the entire length of the street down to where the plaque of the street name is located, but all trees in District Six can be wrapped and the public and claimants are encouraged to follow suit, in their own time and with social distancing in mind. The last day on which to wrap a tree as per City regulations, will be 20 August. Ribbons will be removed on 21 August.<br>‘We plan to wrap the trees in his favourite colour according to his widow, Waggieda – light blue. The public is invited to share in this process starting in the week of 22 to Friday 26 June, and to follow the lane of wrapped trees down Hanover Street to where the street name plaque is situated. Mourners should please note that no sharp objects like staples or nails may be used in the process and that the ribbons or material need to be no more than 30cm in width around each tree,’ said Alderman Nieuwoudt.<br><br>Following the week of remembrance, a private planting ceremony will take place on Saturday, 27 June for close friends and family. With the help of the City’s Recreation and Parks Department, the mourners will receive a small number of propagated spekboom to plant in a preconditioned bed especially created for the purpose. Spekboom is a hardy indigenous medicinal plant that is well suited to the wind and climate of District Six. A minimal number of only 20 people will be able to participate in this event which will take place on the middle island where the street name plaque of Hanover Street is situated.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" /> </figure>​​</span><p>‘It will be done in such a way that the public will be able to extend the bed with their own plant contributions in due course. The area will be cordoned off on the Saturday, and strict social distancing measures will be in place to ensure the safety of all those present,’ said Alderman Nieuwoudt. <br><br>The regulations for the public to wrapping the trees are as follows:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">They can use baby/light blue fabric or ribbon of their choice</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">They can pick any tree in District Six (starting along Hanover Street with the mayor’s tree) and decorate it in their own time, anytime from Monday, 22 June until 20 August 2020</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">The fabric can be no more than 30cm in width when fixed to the tree</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">No nails, tacks or staples may be used as it will damage the trees</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">It must be fastened neatly and securely</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">The ribbons/decorations can stay up for 60 days</div></li></ul><p><strong>End</strong> <br></p>2020-06-21T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891d1


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