Mary-Anne Gontsana

Mary-Anne Gontsana lives in Montevideo just outside Gugulethu. She studied journalism for three years at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and interned at the Cape Times,

Mary-Anne has seen many different things as a journalist, including a dead body with a gunshot wound to the head disposed in an open field. But she has also done fun stories, such as having dinner on a cruise ship and meeting Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah.

Mary-Anne says, "Journalism is a great profession as it gives you a chance to explore different places and meet different people. It also does not hurt to have your finger on the pulse and know things before anyone else."

Mary-Anne's stories published on GroundUp

GroundUp spoke to people about the elections, asking whether they would vote, who they would vote for and why. This is the first of a series GroundUp will be running.
April 16, 2014
As the city prepares for the annual Cape Town Jazz Festival on 28 and 29 March, Gugulethu was treated to a preview of what to expect at the event.
March 28, 2014
At a press conference today, 25 March 2014, Western Cape Provincial Metrorail regional manager Mthuthuzeli Swartz said the rail company is on the verge of an upgrade revolution.
March 25, 2014
Since last week, Metrorail trains on the Khayelitsha line have been repeatedly delayed and even cancelled due to an “infrastructure problem” in Cape Town. Commuters want to know when it will end.
March 20, 2014
What started out as just a tweet from a frustrated Khayelitsha resident, has now put the spotlight on potholes.
March 19, 2014
Gugulethu based community organisation, Township Youth Movement (TYM), have taken it upon themselves to open a second public library in the township.
March 18, 2014
Started by a community member 17 years ago, Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha now treats up to 1,000 animals a month.
March 17, 2014
Former gang member Mervin Lewis says what is happening in Mitchells Plain, Manenberg, Nyanga, Khayelitsha and Gugulethu is not a gang fight, but a low intensity civil war.
March 12, 2014
Manenberg is a township in the Cape Flats outside Gugulethu. The apartheid government originally created it to relocate Coloured families who had been forcibly removed from their homes. Today it often makes the news because of gang violence.
February 28, 2014
Entrepreneurs from two successful businesses in Khayelitsha are frustrated with the red tape that is blocking their businesses from growing.
February 12, 2014
Nandipha Madolo, from Khayelitsha’s Litha Park, has experienced much in her life, with HIV playing a major part. She watched her brother die from meningitis due to HIV. Her HIV-positive husband abused her. Her youngest daughter contracted HIV, and Madolo found out that she too was HIV-positive. But today Madolo has a healthy daughter, a steady job, and she is a public speaker.
January 29, 2014
Since starting in November, some Khayelitsha refuse collectors say they still haven’t received uniforms or protective gear to wear while doing their jobs. Their employer says it is all lies.
January 22, 2014
Mshengu’s blue chemical toilets have once again toppled over in Khayelitsha’s BM Section causing residents to defecate in the bushes.
January 15, 2014
Some Manenberg residents are worried that gang violence has started again in their area, with two people allegedly shot and killed on Saturday.
December 11, 2013
The President’s Fund was established in 2003 under President Thabo Mbeki to compensate apartheid victims. It has accumulated over a billion rands. Nevertheless, many apartheid victims who were identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to receive compensation from this fund, have still received nothing. Some have died waiting.
November 5, 2013
Mandla Mxinwa, Jabulani Miya, Themba Molefi, Christopher Piet, Zola Swelani, Zabonkwe Konile and Zandisile Mjobo -- the Gugulethu Seven -- will once again be honoured for the role they played in the struggle against the apartheid regime.
October 15, 2013
Civil society organisations and communities are rejoicing after the Constitutional Court unanimously ruled for the O’Regan/Pikoli Commission of Inquiry into policing to go ahead.
October 2, 2013
It caused a controversy last year, leaving many people wondering how exactly it would work. But what was supposed to be the closure and reconstruction of GF Jooste Hospital this year, will now only happen in 2018.
October 1, 2013
As the country was celebrating Heritage Day, about 300 parents, teachers and members of Equal Education (EE) marched from different points in Khayelitsha to Site B Hall. They wanted to draw to the attention of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga the need for quality education for their children and to have standards set for school infrastructure.
September 30, 2013
Since the Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA) lost a tender by the Department of Education’s National School Nutrition Programme to deliver a school feeding service, two schools are complaining that the service has decreased, and learners are hungry.
September 26, 2013
NdinguMambhathane, uTshaya, uMxesibe, uMgxubane, Khandanyawana, uMam’Khuma, Nxele, Bhaca, isizukulwana sika Ntswayibana noBhakaqana.
September 23, 2013
Roegchanda Pascoe and her younger brother have watched through the window of their home as rival gangs fought with each other day in and day out. But Pascoe says she doesn’t see herself living anywhere but Manenberg.
September 18, 2013
“We demand accountable leadership”, “Failure to resolve stock-outs = human rights violation”, “Limpopo Department of Health – Failed promises” read placards at the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) march in solidarity with provinces that continue to be plagued by finding essential medicines are out of stock.
September 16, 2013
An obsession with spinach makes a good baker -- that at least applies to 25-year-old Lufefe Nomjana.
September 11, 2013
Members of various civil society organisations led a solidarity visit to gang stricken Manenberg to monitor the situation and to lend a helping hand to the community.
September 11, 2013
An old container once used as a library could be brought back to life in Gugulethu. 100 books have already been donated.
September 10, 2013
Most households have cupboards of expired pills and medicines and sometimes even use them. But what are the dangers?
September 3, 2013
A GroundUp journalist was left shaken after she was harassed by security guards at the refugee reception centre in Cape Town while reporting a story.
September 2, 2013
A fed-up Khayelitsha resident is anxious to know why the City of Cape Town is not making any provision for water and sanitation on her street.
August 28, 2013
An activist who has been trying to hold the police accountable in Khayelitsha appears to be a victim of police harassment. Social Justice Coalition (SJC) activist Angy Peter has been released on R2 000 bail and her case for kidnapping and attempted murder postponed for further investigation.
August 28, 2013
DNA CSI: D – Don’t touch, N – Note, record and observe, A – Assist police officers, C – comfort & support victim, S – Secure crime scene, I – Insist no-one interferes.
August 21, 2013
Western Cape Police conducted crime operations in the Manenberg area on 19 August as part of ongoing efforts to end gang violence as learners returned to school
August 20, 2013
A survey done by the provincial department of human settlements showed that in 2010, the Cape Town Metro had almost as many informal settlements as the rest of the entire province.
August 14, 2013
On Tuesday judgement for the O’Regan/Pikoli Commission of Inquiry (COI) into policing in Khayelitsha was reserved by the Constitutional Court. A full bench of 11 justices heard the case.
August 8, 2013
Next month, the Constitutional Court will hear the appeal by Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa after his application for an interdict to stop the Commission of Inquiry (COI) into policing in Khayelitsha was unsuccessful.The case is set for 6 August.
July 30, 2013
Last year GroundUp ran a story about the Helderberg Street People’s Centre (HSPC), a soup kitchen in Somerset West. They were being forced to close down. The situation “has since gotten worse” according to chairman of the centre, Ian Greer.
July 24, 2013
With the winter in full effect, people are queuing in petrol stations for paraffin, filling up their gas tanks but most importantly using even more electricity in their homes.
July 10, 2013
“I’m Selina Lehloo from Khuma. I’m using a wheelchair. I was born like this. I’m 25-years-old. I failed matric in 2011, but I didn’t give up”.
July 2, 2013
Monica Gotshana, is a single mother of five children from Khayelitsha’s Site B. Today is her last day working as a janitor for the City of Cape Town because her six month contract comes to an end. She talked about her experience working as a toilet cleaner.
June 26, 2013
About 90 people are still living under a tent almost two months after their shacks were demolished by the City of Cape Town’s Anti-Land Invasion Unit, on Symphony Way in Philippi East.
June 19, 2013
The public spats over portable toilets have been at the forefront of the news. But what exactly are portable toilets? How do they work? What is good and what is bad about them?
June 12, 2013
A mural has been unveiled in Khayelitsha to highlight the need for the state and communities to improve their response to violence against women.
June 5, 2013
While Thembisa Maso, a KTC resident still waits for her house to be completed, Mbuyiselo Vena, her neighbour, is struggling day in and day out in a wheelchair after being on a housing waiting list for the past 20 years.
May 29, 2013
“Outoilet” is an Afrikaans word meaning “old toilet”, but it also refers to a cellphone chat site, aimed mainly at Cape Flats youth. Its URLs are blocked by several service providers, but the site frequently re-emerges with different URLs.
May 22, 2013
Low-income earners are people who are unemployed or those making just enough to get by on a single or joint monthly income. What do banks really offer these South Africans?
May 15, 2013
Last week GroundUp's Mary-Anne Gontsana reported the terrible state of schools in the Eastern Cape she saw on the "solidarity visit" organised by Equal Education. Today she describes the impressions of some of the well-known South Africans who also participated.
April 29, 2013
Equal Education has organised a two-day "solidarity visit" of schools in the Eastern Cape. GroundUp journalist Mary-Anne Gontsana is reporting what she sees. Here is her second report.
April 26, 2013
Equal Education has organised a two-day "solidarity visit" of schools in the Eastern Cape. Well-known South Africans, including Archbishop Thabo Makgoba and constitutional law blogger Pierre De Vos, are participating. GroundUp journalist Mary-Anne Gontsana is also taking part, reporting what she sees. Here is her first report.
April 25, 2013
Almost three years after the Public Protector investigated the care of a disabled man, he has died, without ever getting the relief recommended by the Public Protector.
April 24, 2013
In the last few weeks Capetonians have learned that Golden Arrow Bus Services is taking the City to court. At dispute is the compensation Golden Arrow will get for the first phase of the City's big transport plan, the Integrated Public Transport Network (IPTN).
April 17, 2013

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