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Covid-19: Police shut immigrant-owned spaza shops after Minister’s xenophobic statement

Open shops for us to buy locally and obey lockdown, say township residents
By Mkhuseli Sizani - 27 March 2020
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Covid-19: Homeless people in Muizenberg are afraid and anxious

“No one has talked to us about the virus. We don’t know what it can do to us. All we know is that you must wash your hands.”

By Lucas Nowicki - 27 March 2020
With the lockdown in place, drivers and passengers have to reveal their reasons for travelling at roadblocks in Cape Town.

In photos: Day one of lockdown

Soldiers and police patrol streets asking residents to stay at home

By Ashraf Hendricks and Lucas Nowicki - 27 March 2020
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Covid-19: Here’s a possible source of funds for social grants

Cash Paymaster Services could pay back profits as ordered by Constitutional Court

By GroundUp Editors - 27 March 2020
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Covid-19: Some sex workers move online as SA heads into lockdown

SWEAT and Sonke call for fast-tracking of law reform and decriminalisation of sex work

By Karabo Mafolo - 27 March 2020
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“Our entire livelihoods are coming to a standstill” says waste picker

Informal sector workers’ plea to be included in UIF provisions during the lockdown

By Zoë Postman - 27 March 2020
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Illegal dumping site stinks in Mfuleni

Residents want wheelie bins, bin bags and regular garbage collection

By Vincent Lali - 27 March 2020
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ANC members accused of selling land for illegal occupation

Angered community leader responds by selling sites for just R1

By Kimberly Mutandiro - 27 March 2020
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A message for police and soldiers: We support what you’re doing but do it gently

Our constitutional democracy should not be placed at risk by the Covid-19 lockdown

By GroundUp Editors - 26 March 2020
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Academics raise alarm over by-law restricting water testing

The City says research in its nature reserves is allowed but only with permission

By Steve Kretzmann - 26 March 2020
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Informal settlement residents demand water ahead of lockdown

“Everybody says that the most vulnerable will be protected but what has the government done to make sure the most vulnerable have access to water?”

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 26 March 2020
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Why is PRASA still trying to buy trains that can’t be used?

The too-tall AFRO4000 locomotive rears its head again

By James Stent - 26 March 2020
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Housing backlog exceeds half a million in Western Cape

City and Province’s housing demand drive adds 10,000 more to the database

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 26 March 2020
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Covid-19: Lockdown hits informal traders

Many traders have no savings and without any income they don’t know how they will make it through the next 21 days

By Ashraf Hendricks - 26 March 2020
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Our living conditions deserve the same attention as Coronavirus, say angry shackdwellers

Roads blocked, buses set alight in Port Elizabeth

By Mkhuseli Sizani - 25 March 2020
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Covid-19: Why testing takes time and what to expect

There’s a lot more going on behind the scenes in the testing labs than most patients realise

By Fatima Khan - 25 March 2020