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Philippi High School pupils run from police officers and stun grenades during a dispersal of their protest outside the Western Cape Department of Education on Friday morning. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Police use stun grenades; injure and disperse marching Philippi students

News: A protest by pupils from Philippi High School over the lack of infrastructure and classrooms at their campus was violently dispersed by police officers on Friday morning.

6 Mar 2015
Daneel Knoetze
GroundUp archive image of a domestic worker with her employer’s child. Photo by Masixole Feni.Domestic workers slip through the cracks in UIF

News: Only 50% of domestic workers in the Western Cape are registered for Unemployment Insurance, according to official statistics. GroundUp tested the system to find out why employers don’t register their workers.

6 Mar 2015
Ben Stanwix
Soon after first light, Anelisa Fani takes her 18-month-old-daughter Nikita to day care before she sets off to fight the fires that have been devastating the Cape peninsula. Picture by Masixole Feni.A Cape Town firefighter's long journey to work

Interview: It's 5:30am in Town Two, Khayelitsha, and firefighter Anelisa Flani has just started her day.

6 Mar 2015
Barbara Maregele
The SA Human Rights Commission is to launch a new probe into the provision of chemical toilets. Picture: Masixole FeniHuman Rights Commission to probe city toilets again

News: The SA Human Rights Commission is to re-examine its report on chemical toilets in the informal settlements, after finding procedural irregularities in the report.

5 Mar 2015
Daneel Knoetze
Following a report by doctors on the “dire” state of health care in the Free State, the Treatment Action Campaign has called for MEC Benny Malakoane to be firedTAC calls on Free State premier to fire MEC

Brief: The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has called on Free State Premier Ace Magashule to fire or suspend health MEC Benny Malakoane, after the release of a letter from doctors about the Free State healthcare system.

5 Mar 2015
Mary-Anne Gontsana
The aftermath of an earlier shack fire in February which destroyed 70 shacks in Langrug informal settlement. The latest fire, which occurred this week, killed one man and left three families homeless. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Cape fire claims life

News: As the country's attention was transfixed on the Table Mountain fires, another blaze claimed one life and left three families homeless in a Franschhoek informal settlement.

5 Mar 2015
Daneel Knoetze
Gladys Mafita has been living without water or electricity for nine months now. Photo by Tariro Washinyira.False Bay domestic worker paid nothing for 14 years

Featured Story: A 61-year-old Zimbabwean domestic worker, Gladys Mafita, claims her False Bay employer fired her without payment after 14 years.The employer is Daniel Deng, son of Francis Deng, the first ambassador of South Sudan to the United States.

4 Mar 2015
Tariro Washinyira
On Monday, Law Enforcement and City contractors removed shacks erected in Langa TRA over the weekend. The evictees are the latest victims of a corrupt plot selling syndicate operating in the TRA, says a resident activist. Photo by Tumi Ramahlele.Shack scam: Langa activist fears for her life

Featured Story: Langa residents are asking why a man accused of fraudulent plot sales to dozens of poor people has still not been arrested, while the activist who exposed him fears for her life.

4 Mar 2015
Daneel Knoetze
Sibongile Centre offers care to children with disabilities in Khayelitsha. Photo by Nomasango Xabanisa.Sibongile - help for children with disabilities

News: Nomasango Xabanisa knows only too well how time-consuming it is to look after a disabled child. Her own daughter, Sibongile, had cerebral palsy.

3 Mar 2015
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Life remains intolerably hard for most South Africans

Opinion: Wednesday was Budget day in South Africa, an annual event for the state. But for most citizens, budget day is every day or, if they a slightly luckier, a weekly or monthly calculation to try to remain at least afloat economically. So what happened last week, along with the plaudits and the protests reflected in the media, will not cause any excitement for more than half the population.

3 Mar 2015
Terry Bell

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