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A shack is demolished in Lwandle in June 2014. Photo by Adam Armstrong.Lost belongings after evictions: a chaotic blame game

A year after their eviction from land owned by the SA National Roads Agency (SANRAL), some Lwandle residents say their possessions were never returned to them. But SANRAL says the goods were placed under the control of a community leader, and the agency is not to blame if residents did not get their belongings back.

Jul 31, 2015
GroundUp staff
Nolizwi Ngcane is one of the portable toilet cleaners who was honoured in an event in Khayelitsha yesterday. Photo by Masixole Feni."It's no one's dream to clean bucket toilets"

Thandekile Madikane tells his children that he works at the airport. He does not want his children to laugh at him for the job he does. But his job is vital. He is part of the city's operation to clean portable toilets.

Jul 31, 2015
Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik
The reusable sanitary pad. Photo supplied by Dignity Dreams.Deputy minister swaps his T-shirt for sanitary pads

In 2011 President Jacob Zuma promised sanitary pads for girls and women who cannot afford them. Nearly five years later, the only sign that this promise is being kept is an attempt by Deputy Minister in the presidency Buti Manamela to raise awareness about the issue through a series of well publicised events.

Jul 30, 2015
Pharie Sefali
Contractors with the Anti-Land Invasion Unit remove the possessions of a household accused of illegally occupying one of the City of Cape Town built structures at Wolwerivier. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.City evicts recently housed Wolwerivier families

Dozens of Metro Law Enforcement officers swooped on Wolwerivier relocation camp on Wednesday morning. They broke locks and ejected two households deemed to have occupied the municipal built structures unlawfully. Yet, a community leader has called this show of force an insult, citing the general lack of safety and protection for Wolwerivier's inhabitants.

Jul 30, 2015
Daneel Knoetze
Fikelela Children’s Centre is situated in Khayelitsha. Many abandoned children are referred to the centre for care. Photo provided by Fikelela Children’s Centre.Children without homes: referrals up for Cape Town centre

Just this week alone six children have been referred to the Fikelela Children's Centre in Mandela Park, Khayelitsha. The institution’s head social worker, Kate Brydon, says the number of abandoned children being referred to Fikelela has risen.

Jul 30, 2015
Mary-Anne Gontsana
​Tsunami ​i​nformal ​s​ettlement ​r​esidents ​marched to the Civic Centre today, ​demanding land. Photo by Nombulelo Damba-HendrikTsunami residents accuse City and Province of playing games

Angry residents of the Tsunami informal settlement in Delft have accused the City and provincial government of playing games with them.

Jul 29, 2015
Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik
Photo by Aboubakar ShaboodienCape Town urged to join march against corruption

Speakers at a meeting in Salt River last night urged Capetonians to join the march against corruption on 19 August in the city.

Jul 29, 2015
Pharie Sefali
Workers from the Philippi Community Works Programme went on strike this week over claims of fraud. Photo by Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik.Corruption in government employment programme results in strike

About 100 workers from the Community Work Programme (CWP) in Philippi went on strike on Monday, accusing their boss of fraud and nepotism.

Jul 29, 2015
Siphesihle Matyila and Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik
Hip hop artist Emile YX speaking to a group of Lavender High School students after the screening of "Afrikaaps"  on Monday. Picture by Barbara MaregeleWhere does the word "gogga" come from?

The hall at Lavender Hill high school erupted in giggling and whispers on Monday as students watched the documentary “Afrikaaps” on the story of the Afrikaans language and the origin of words like “Yoh!” and “gogga.”

Jul 28, 2015
Barbara Maregele
Nobongile Ninini, mother of slain Bongiwe, is comforted by Neli Natal and Nomzobanzi Sgelem at yesterday's protest."Arrest rapists and murderers, or community will impose the death sentence on them," says community leader

About 150 Khayelitsha residents marched along Lansdowne Road on Monday before gathering and praying at the scene where Bongiwe Ninini (20) was murdered on 17 July.

Jul 28, 2015
Vincent Lali

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