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Portaloo cleaners and supporters from Siqalo informal settlement blocked Vanguard Drive on Friday morning in protest over not receiving inoculations against diseases. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Siqalo portaloo cleaners protest

Protesting portaloo cleaners from Siqalo informal settlement blocked Vanguard Drive during rush hour traffic on Friday morning. They claim that their health is being compromised by inadequate protective equipment and the failure of their employer to provide them with inoculation against disease - a requirement of their contracts.

Oct 24, 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Photo by Masixole Feni.How a groundbreaking clinic is helping men deal with HIV

You enter the Ivan Toms Centre for Men’s Health via a quiet road on the side of Woodstock Hospital. Despite the modest surroundings that superficially look no different to any other clinic, this is a pioneering experiment in public health.

Oct 24, 2014
Zintle Swana
Mzawuhlalwa Dlala reads out residents’ list of demands. Photo by Masixole Feni.Residents march for essential services

The City of Cape Town has been given 14 working days to respond to a memorandum of demands from the residents of Marikana, Rolihlahla Park and Klipfontein informal settlements.

Oct 24, 2014
Johnnie Isaac
Joe Slovo resident Nomvula Msimanga and 55 of her neighbours are challenging Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela claims that they are not the rightful beneficiaries of houses at the N2 Gateway development. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Joe Slovo housing spat continues

Joe Slovo residents have accused Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela of changing the criteria for housing allocation at the last minute in order to deny them access to new houses. But Madikizela says even “approved” subsidy beneficiaries should not expect automatic allocation of houses.

Oct 23, 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Bayanda Ganyaza (right) and Anele Magadla prepare for the South African and African championships this weekend. Photo by Siyabonga Kalipa.Khayelitsha’s young BMXers off to the championships

Four of Khayelitsha’s finest up and coming BMXers have been hard at work on the track for the past two weeks preparing for the South African championships this weekend in Durban.

Oct 23, 2014
Siyabonga Kalipa
Residents in Joe Slovo informal settlement, Langa say that they have been left homeless after they were not given keys for government housing at the nearby N2 Gateway development. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Joe Slovo residents “too young” for houses

Residents of Joe Slovo informal settlement, Langa, have been left homeless after they started demolishing their shacks under the impression that keys to new housing units would be handed over to them. The MEC for Human Settlements, Bonginkosi Madikizela, has said that the shack demolitions were premature and that many of the beneficiaries are “too young” to be prioritised for housing.

Oct 23, 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Angry Ward 108 residents broke down shacks in Mfuleni in a battle over housing at the weekend. Photo by Masixole Feni.Mfuleni backyarders clash over land

A piece of land in Bardale was the site of clashes at the weekend when two groups of backyard dwellers from Mfuleni confronted each other.

Oct 21, 2014
Johnnie Isaac
National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega was questioned by MPs on Tuesday about the botched firearms control system contract. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Police’s Firearms Registry contract probed by Hawks

After paying R340 million for a Firearms Control System that was not delivered, the SA Police Service has cancelled its contract with IT company Waymark Infotech. The botched contract is subject to a criminal investigation by the Hawks.

Oct 21, 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Gerald Kraak in Amersfoort, Netherlands, quite soon after he had arrived there as a South African war resister in the early 1980s. Photo by Andrew Boraine and published with his permission.A tribute to Gerald Kraak

Gerald Kraak (1956-2014), who was responsible for organising funding for many leading civil society organisations, died of cancer on Sunday night. Zackie Achmat pays tribute to his old friend.

Oct 21, 2014
Zackie Achmat
Child playing in dirty water near the new Lwandle shacks. Photo by Masixole Feni.Lwandle residents to SANRAL: where are our possessions?

Lwandle residents who have been rehoused after being evicted from SA National Roads Agency land in June complain that their possessions have been lost or damaged.

Oct 21, 2014
Pharie Sefali

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