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Police confront protesters from Lower Crossroads earlier today. Photo by Nombulelo Damba.Residents clash in Philippi

News:

Violence has erupted between residents of Lower Crossroads and the Marikana settlement in Philippi East. Today police shot rubber bullets and stun grenades at a group of protesters from Lower Crossroads apparently to prevent them attacking Marikana.

29 May 2015
Nombulelo Damba
When government gentrifies: The case of De Waal Drive flats

Analysis:

Rent-paying families in blocks of flats on De Waal Drive are under pressure from the state to move far from the city centre.

29 May 2015
Daneel Knoetze
The burnt out house of ward councillor Mzuzile Mpondwana. Photo by Nombulelo Damba.Marikana: Commuter killed and councillor’s house burnt down

News:

Protests over service delivery for the Marikana informal settlement in Philippi East have turned violent. An ANC ward councillor’s house was set alight earlier today, allegedly by protesters from Marikana. Police have also opened a case of murder after a man died on the way to hospital after his car was stoned.

28 May 2015
Nombulelo Damba
SJC protesters in Cape Town yesterday demanded more money in the budget for sanitation in informal settlements. Photo courtesy of the SJC.City chooses not to invest in informal settlements

Opinion:

The City of Cape Town says infrastructure for water and sanitation cannot be installed in 82% of informal settlements because the land is not suitable. Yet the City’s own data tells a different story, writes Dustin Kramer.

28 May 2015
Dustin Kramer
SJC members protested in town yesterday, demanding that the City budget provides more for sanitation in informal settlements. Photo by Bernard Chiguvare."Not enough money allocated to sanitation," say SJC protesters

Brief:

Yesterday, about 150 members of the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) marched to the civic centre. They demanded “a detailed account” of hundreds of submissions to the City of Cape Town on the 2015/16 budget.

28 May 2015
Bernard Chiguvare
Photo by Ashleigh Furlong.Blikkiesdorp residents accuse ACSA and City of deciding their future without them

News:

It has taken eight months for the residents of Blikkiesdorp to be given access to an agreement between the City of Cape Town and Airports Company South Africa (ACSA). The agreement outlines ACSA’s plans to purchase the land on which the Blikkiesdorp residents are currently residing and rehouse them.

28 May 2015
Ashleigh Furlong
Three-dimensional images of HIV superimposed on electron micrographs of the virus. Constructed by Stephen Fuller, Centre for Human Genomics, Oxford University and taken from front cover of Equal Treatment March 2006.Start HIV treatment sooner, study shows

News:

It’s important to start treating people with HIV sooner rather than later, according to the findings of a large clinical study which could change treatment in many countries including South Africa.

27 May 2015
Nathan Geffen
A child walks past a canal in Masiphumelele. Photo by Masixole Feni.We have failed my community, says Masiphumelele leader

Interview:

The government has failed to support the integration of foreigners into the Masiphumelele community, says local leader Mzuvukile Nikelo.

27 May 2015
Tariro Washinyira
Meet the Nyanga youths who are dancing away from crime

News:

Some high school students in Nyanga are working hard to eliminate the stigma that Nyanga is most known for: its high crime rate. They are investing their free time in dancing.

27 May 2015
Pharie Sefali
Candice Aploon has been living in a tent under a bridge on land owned by the SANDF. Photo by Masixole Feni."It's not a life I would wish on anyone, but this is home to us"

Featured Story:

A group of homeless people who live under the bridge behind the Castle of Good Hope have over the past few months gathered funds to buy small tents in a bid to fight off the winter chill.

27 May 2015
Barbara Maregele

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