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Barcelona informal settlement is filled with rubbish which residents say has not been collected for months. Photo by Masixole Feni.Barcelona residents angered by piles of rubbish

News:

Rubbish is piling up in front of people’s homes in Barcelona informal settlement near Gugulethu and the airport in Cape Town. Residents showed their displeasure this morning by dumping rubbish on the N2.

2 Sep 2015
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Oceana's 57-year-old fishmeal factory in Hout Bay might be closed.Jobs more important than smells, say Hangberg residents

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The proposed closure of Oceana’s Hout Bay Fishmeal and Fish Oil Facility is worrying people of Hangberg, where many employees live.

2 Sep 2015
Ashleigh Furlong
Aleck Kuhudzai and Deborah Won of the Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training and Advocacy (ARESTA). Photo by Tariro Washinyira.Refugee amendment bill is a mistake

Opinion:

The phrasing of the Refugee Amendment Bill calls into question the commitment of the Department of Home Affairs to uphold its obligations under the UN Refugee Convention, write Aleck Kuhudzai and Deborah Won of the Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training and Advocacy (ARESTA).

2 Sep 2015
Aleck Kuhudzai and Deborah Won
A group of homeless men queuing for a meal at the Youth Solutions Africa shelter in Salt River on Monday night. Photo by Barbara Maregele.Church group assists overcrowded city shelter

News:

It's 7:30 on Monday evening and the Youth Solutions Africa shelter for the homeless in Salt River is abuzz.

2 Sep 2015
Barbara Maregele
Langa residents and police clash over houses

Brief:

People who live in shacks and backyards burnt tyres and rubbish earlier today in Langa. They alleged that other people have jumped the waiting list for units in a new block of flats, leaving them without homes.

1 Sep 2015
Masixole Feni and GroundUp Staff
Residents living in Newcastle Informal Settlement in Khayelitsha will soon be issued with new eviction notices. Photo by Barbara Maregele.City must re-serve eviction notice to Khayelitsha residents

Brief:

Western Cape High Court Judge Babalwa Mantame has instructed the City of Cape Town to “re-serve” the eviction order granted against Newcastle Informal Settlement residents.

1 Sep 2015
Barbara Maregele
Minister's promise to review Zimbabwean permits welcomed

Brief:

The promise by Home Affairs minister Malusi Gigaba that rejected applications for Zimbabwean Special Permits are to be reviewed has been welcomed.

1 Sep 2015
Bernard Chiguvare
Protesters at the removal of the statue of Rhodes on UCT. Photo by Masixole Feni.Rhodes Must Fall, UCT, Lonmin and pension funds

Opinion:

As it started, by targeting the legacy of one dead white male, the Rhodes Must Fall campaign claimed morality. As it progresses, by targeting the activity of two living white males, the rump of campaigners cannot claim credibility. Members of a university as distinguished as UCT might have been expected to prefer substance over sloganeering.

1 Sep 2015
Allan Greenblo
The rise in farm worker wages has not let to a major drop in employment. Photo by Kate Stegeman.At what level should a national minimum wage be set?

Opinion:

The struggle for a national minimum wage in South Africa has a long history, having been waged, largely by organised worker formations, since the 1930s. These efforts have taken various forms, from open class conflict to more subdued trade union representations to the various governments of the day.

31 Aug 2015
Eddie Cottle
Ntombifikile Vilakazi moved into her new home in April. Photo by Ntombi Mbomvu.A tale of two houses

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A few kilometres away from five newly built houses, 46 year old Thokozani Zondi lives in a wooden house in Nhlazatshe in Pietermaritzburg and shares a pit toilet with neighbours.

31 Aug 2015
Ntombi Mbomvu

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