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Equal Education march on 31 October 2014. Photo by Masixole Feni.The daily failures of a typical South African school

Opinion: “You breathe in oxygen through your left lung and breathe out carbon dioxide through your right lung.” That’s what a life-science teacher taught her class at a Cape Town school where I worked for several weeks last year as part of my teacher training.

1 Apr 2015
A teacher
Tony Ehrenreich. Photo from Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0).De Lille and Ehrenreich to tango

News: Mayor Patricia De Lille and her arch-enemy Tony Ehrenreich, the leader of the ANC in the City Council, have made a shock joint announcement. The two will put aside their differences to compete in the next season of the popular reality television show Strictly Come Dancing.

1 Apr 2015
Sipho Merengue
Photo by Masixole Feni.What's up with the price of bread?

Featured Story: Nomsa Vumazonke buys two loaves of bread every day. She lives in Philippi with her three children and four grandchildren, and after making sandwiches for them says there is nothing left for her to eat. "Bread is too expensive. It's very hard. I have to buy bread for my children," she says.

1 Apr 2015
Ben Stanwix
Counsellor Ernest Sonnenberg, Mayoral Committee member for Utility Services. Photo from City of Cape Town website.SJC only prove their ignorance

Opinion: The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) has once again proven their obsession with budgets, and their incompetence at interpreting them.

1 Apr 2015
Ernest Sonnenberg
Nomama Xesibe fetches water for her household in Mfuleni. Photo by Masixole Feni.Mayor de Lille, here's your evidence. It's time for action.

Opinion: When Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille tabled the 2015/2016 draft budget last week, she said, “In my years as Mayor, not once has any substantive proof to counter our evidence of pro-poor spending ever been offered.”

31 Mar 2015
Axolile Notywala
Manenberg residents pleaded with contractors to continue work on the refurbishment of their flats. Photo by Barbara Maregele.Manenberg residents abandoned by builders

Featured Story: Manenberg residents who have been living in containers for the last five months while their City Council flats are renovated have been left in limbo yet again. The subcontractors responsible for the renovations packed up all their equipment and abandoned the site last week.

31 Mar 2015
Barbara Maregele
Statue of Rhodes covered with tape on UCT. Since this photo was taken, the statue has been boarded up while the process to have it removed continues. Photo by Masixole Feni.Rhodes and the politics of pain

Opinion: A statue that appears to commemorate racism and imperialism occupies a uniquely privileged position on the university campus, causing evident pain to some students, professors and staff.

31 Mar 2015
Jeremy Seekings and Nicoli Nattrass
Happy Feet doing gum boot dancing. Photo by Masixole Feni.Langa’s open streets brings people together from across city

News: Rubusana Avenue, Jungle Walk and Washington Street, in Langa, were packed on Sunday as scores of people came out to participate in the Open Streets project.

30 Mar 2015
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Protest in Bloemfontein this morning outside Pelonomi Regional Hospital. The protesters intend to march to the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court as well. Photo courtesy of TAC.Free State health workers on trial for protesting dismissals

News: There are protests outside the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court this morning, as a trial of health workers resumes amidst widespread dissatisfaction with the Free State health system and MEC Benny Malakoane.

30 Mar 2015
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Mboniswa Mcutshwa with his wife, Lindiwe, doing homework. Photo by Michael Nkalane.Madala goes back to school

Interview: A Gugulethu man is a living testimony to the old adage “you are never too old to learn”. At the age of 63 he is back at school to finish his matric after a 46 year absence.

27 Mar 2015
Michael Nkalane

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