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Andries Joostenberg can continue to stay on the land he has called home for the past 50 years. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Court dismisses eviction of retired Montagu farmworker

A retired farmworker and his family who were evicted from their home on Langdam farm in Montagu last year are entitled to move back to their farmhouse, the Land Claims court in Cape Town ruled this week.

Jul 3, 2015
Barbara Maregele
Tsunami residents pressure state to move them to new land

Tsunami Informal Settlement near Delft in Cape Town is a severely deprived area. Residents have been expecting to be moved to a better area, but it appears their hopes have been dashed.

Jul 3, 2015
Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik, Masixole Feni
Photo from SAN Circus Facebook page.Is it the end for popular Cape Town circus?

As part of the City of Cape Town's plans to rationalise municipal facilities, the South African National Circus School (SAN Circus) will have to vacate their premises in Observatory, after their lease was terminated before it was set to expire.

Jul 3, 2015
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Police search Cape Town station as part of Operation Fiela. Photo courtesy of SAPS. Operation Fiela: I saw soldiers moving towards my stall, says trader

A Nigerian trader arrested at Cape Town station during Operation Fiela on World Refugee Day has described how he was accused of drug dealing.

Jul 2, 2015
Bernard Chiguvare
Loyiso Mbete runs a thriving beekeeping business with more than 300 beehives. Picture: Barbara MaregeleSweet deal for Kayamandi beekeeper

Six years ago, Loyiso Mbete from Kayamandi in Stellenbosch saw a gap and struck a deal to buy 80 beehives from a local farm. Now the 35-year-old part-time construction contractor runs a thriving beekeeping business with more than 320 hives on several farms across the winelands in the Western Cape.

Jul 2, 2015
Barbara Maregele
A defaced Metrorail carriage. Most carriages are covered in graffiti. Commuters angry at Metrorail increases

COSATU and an organisation called Public Transport Voice have criticised Metrorail Cape Town's ticket increases which kick in today, 1 July 2015. Metrorail, however, says the fare increase is unavoidable.

Jul 1, 2015
Bernard Chiguvare
Anovuyo holding a spinning top. Photo by Masixole Feni.One of the world's oldest toys is a township craze

Spinning tops have been around for years and this is one of the toys that has been keeping township kids busy for decades, especially during school holidays.

Jul 1, 2015
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Vincent Kanyonga, Leonard Mulunda and Tules Lobey. Photo by Bernard Chiguvare.Cape Town's Congolese shun independence celebrations

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) marks 55 years of independence today but many Congolese who fled to Cape Town say there’s nothing to celebrate since the country is at war and the government does not reflect the will of the people.

Jun 30, 2015
Bernard Chiguvare
There's no excuse, Minister: Here's the proof

There are massive medicine stockouts in the public health system. These are mainly due to failures within the state system, not external problems such as global supply shortages that Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi has claimed are primarily responsible. Here’s the proof.

Jun 30, 2015
Ashleigh Furlong, Nathan Geffen
Battle over bleak houses at the city's edge

Residents of Skandaalkamp were set to be moved to Wolwerivier this week. However, worried about the lack of job opportunities in Wolwerivier and with much discontent about the conditions in the new settlement, they have refused to move until their questions are answered.

Jun 30, 2015
Text by Ashleigh Furlong. Photos by Shadi Garman.

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