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Farm worker Gerald Slingers is expected to testify in the Robertson Magistrates Court that his employer, the owner of Eilandia farm, assaulted him in early December. Photo by Kimon de Greef.Ethical trade body fails farm worker

News: The Wine Industry Ethical Trade Association (Wieta), which lists some of the country's top producers, appears to have recanted on its promise to investigate allegations of assault on a farm worker by one of its members. A board member says the organisation has double standards - quick to help its farm owning members, while sweeping aside complaints of abuse from workers.

30 Jan 2015
Daneel Knoetze
Gerald Slingers (in red) and other workers at Eilandia raise their fists. Picture by Kimon de Greef.Robertson farmer charged with assault on employee

News: The owner of Eilandia farm will stand trial on charges of assaulting and strangling an employee in the Robertson Magistrates Court on Friday. Whatever the outcome of the case, a local farm workers’ union has heralded the police investigation and court appearance as a victory.

30 Jan 2015
Daneel Knoetze
The school's broken toilets are not connected to the sewage system pipes. Photo by Masixole Feni.Primary school kids sent home because of lack of toilets and sewage smell

News: It is only 10am on a Wednesday morning and A.C.J. Phakade primary school students in Nomzamo township (near Strand in Cape Town) are already walking home or waiting for shuttles to fetch them.

29 Jan 2015
Zintle Swana
DJ Mizz. Photo by Lethabo Mobo (for Black Mango Music).How a small-time DJ from Khayelitsha produced the song of the year

News: A few months ago no one could have predicted that a small-time DJ from Khayelitsha would produce what would be one of the hits of 2014: ‘Koze Kuse’.

29 Jan 2015
Zethu Gqola
Hundreds of Mfuleni parents brought their children to a tent in a field in Bardale which is used as a school. Photo by Mary-Anne Gontsana.No room for learners: parents start school in tent

Featured Story: Hundreds of learners are using a tent in Mfuleni’s Bardale neighbourhood as a school after parents say they were turned away from primary and high schools in the area which are full.

29 Jan 2015
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Manenberg residents and police watch as leaders of rival gangs in the area agree to a ceasefire. Photo by Waheed Sookool.Hope of peace for Manenberg residents

News: Manenberg residents believe night marches by community members and increased police visibility helped to restore peace to the area this week.

28 Jan 2015
Barbara Maregele
A women helps put out the fire using a bucket of water.Shack fire in Zola Square

Brief: Zola Square in Site C, Khayelitsha, was the site of yet another shack fire yesterday.

28 Jan 2015
Photos by Masixole Feni. Text by Kevin Elliott.
MPCE took on PPG Langa in the play-offs of the Under 19 Bayhill Cup at the weekend. Photo by Siyabonga Kalipa.City's young soccer stars compete in Rocklands

News: Bayhill United Legacy Grounds in Rocklands was abuzz at the weekend as teams from across Cape Town competed in the play-offs of the 2015 U19 Metropolitan Premier Cup, also known as the Bayhill Cup.

28 Jan 2015
Siyabonga Kalipa
Informal miners sifting for diamonds. De Beers says miners like this are operating illegally.  Photo by Douglas Mthukwane.Kimberley’s desperate miners: where the formal and informal sectors clash

News: Hundreds of unemployed Kimberley residents have turned to digging deserted mine dumps to earn a living.

27 Jan 2015
Douglas Mthukwane
Activists won't be cowed by drone debate. Photo by Flickr user Lima Pix. (CC BY 2.0)Draft drone rules silent on privacy and weapon concerns

News: Draft regulations for drone usage in South Africa do not have safeguards against the use of the devices by the state as weapons or to invade people’s privacy, activists have warned. But the sub-committee in charge of compiling the regulations has said Constitutional rights will not be violated.

27 Jan 2015
Daneel Knoetze

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