Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba speaking at the press briefing in Cape Town on Tuesday, said the new immigration laws are here to stay. Photo by Thembela Ntongana.New immigration laws here to stay - minister

On Tuesday at a media briefing in Cape Town on the implementation of the new immigration regulations, Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba announced that the regulations will stay despite them having created much anxiety.

Sep 16, 2014
Tariro Washinyira and Thembela Ntongana
Protests erupted over job allocation for the Expanded Public Works Programme in Smithfield, Free State forcing closure of the N6. Photo by Carmel Rickard.Allegations around public works programme spark protests in desperate Free State dorp

Arrive in Smithfield from any direction and the first official board one sees announces: ‘Mohokare declares war on waste’. The chief weapon in that war is a platoon of temporary workers hired under government’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) administered by local municipalities.

Sep 16, 2014
Carmel Rickard
Nokhwezi Hoboyi invites people to celebrate Global Female Condom Day. Photo courtesy of the writer.Celebrate Global Female Condom Day

As we celebrate the second Global Female Condom Day on 16 September 2014, I join the celebrations with a wide smile and confidence, writes Nokhwezi Hoboyi.

Sep 16, 2014
Nokhwezi Hoboyi
Learners discuss issues of bullying in schools. Photo courtesy of the Quaker Peace Centre.Bullying still rife in schools, finds survey

A survey started in 2011 by the Quaker Peace Centre covering 102 learners has found that 95% of respondents were bullied at some point; of these 50% were bullied at school. The centre is ramping up its anti-bullying campaign.

Sep 16, 2014
Pharie Sefali
Young boxers spar at the local Mfuleni Boxing Academy. Photo by Masixole Feni.Mfuleni Boxing Academy undaunted

The Mfuleni Boxing Academy opened its doors to boxers from the area in 2010. In most townships, the reason community members open up sports clubs is to try and get the youth off the streets and away from gangsterism and substance abuse. Mfuleni is no exception.

Sep 15, 2014
Siyabonga Kalipa
Saxon United Ladies protest disrupts game. Picture by Siyabonga Kalipa.Soccer: Protest disrupts Safa Cape Town Coca Cola Cup

At the semi-finals of the woman’s leg of the Safa Cape Town Coca Cola Cup, the Saxon United Ladies team from Heideveld protested on one of the fields where a semi-final match between RV United from Khayelitsha and Phoenix Spurs from Bonteheuwel was about to start.

Sep 15, 2014
Siyabonga Kalipa
An archival photo of refuse collectors and cleaners clearing up the streets of Khayelitsha. Photo by Barbara Maregele.Khayelitsha cleaners fed up with not getting paid on time

Every month since January, Khayelitsha’s refuse collectors and street cleaners in QA and PJS Section go in large groups to camp outside the supervisor’s office so they can get what is due to them.

Sep 15, 2014
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Long queues at the South African Revenue Services offices in Long Street, Cape Town. Photo by Masixole Feni.Waiting for hours in tax queues

Filing income tax manually at a South African Revenue Service (SARS) branch can be a day’s mission, involving hours of travel and standing in a queue.

Sep 15, 2014
Johnnie Isaac, Joyce Xi and Thembela Ntongana
Photo by Mpumalanga Tourism & Parks Agency. Mpumalanga crisis: why is nobody listening?

A desperate battle is raging across vast tracts of Mpumalanga between coal mining on the one hand and water preservation, food security and tourism on the other, writes Tracey Davies of the Centre for Environmental Rights.

Sep 15, 2014
Tracey Davies
Isak Mashaba is one of a group of five car guards who have worked on Albert Road outside the Old Biscuit Mill for years. Last week, they were deprived of their income when the newly formed Salt River Business Improvement District told them to leave. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Salt River "improvement" deprives car guards of income

Car guards outside the Old Biscuit Mill have been left without an income after the newly operational Salt River Business Improvement District (SRBID) told them to leave.

Sep 12, 2014
Daneel Knoetze