Articles 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.

Bernard Chiguvare - 30 June 2015

The dark and dangerous road to school rural children face

About 200 pupils from farm schools in Wolseley, Stellenbosch, Wellington and Grabouw handed a memorandum to the Western Cape Education Department on Monday. The demonstration was organised by Women on Farms Project.

Bernard Chiguvare - 29 June 2015

Army closes down Cape Town Station

On World Refugee Day this weekend, South African police, traffic officials, metro police, brand specialists, immigration officials and defence force members shut down Cape Town Station's taxi terminus as part of Operation Fiela. The four-hour operation brought commuters to a standstill as taxis were not allowed in or out on a busy Saturday morning. Dozens of foreign nationals were arrested.

Bernard Chiguvare and GroundUp Staff - 22 June 2015

Visa applicants rejected for “incorrect and ill informed” reasons

The Forum of Immigration Practitioners of South Africa (FIPSA) last week said many visa applications are being rejected by Home Affairs due to the incorrect application of the law, leaving a stream of applicants unable to work, study and pay their bills.

Bernard Chiguvare and Ashleigh Furlong - 18 June 2015

Informal traders wary of Strand Pavilion upgrade

Informal traders who eke out a living at Strand Pavilion allege that the City will marginalise them as the facility is upgraded. The City says there will be space for the traders, though slightly reduced. The upgrade has been in the pipeline since 2013.

Bernard Chiguvare - 17 June 2015

Burundians burnt out in Lower Crossroads

It is almost a week since violence between Marikana and Lower Crossroads residents in Cape Town erupted leaving a trail of destruction. Four Burundians, bystanders caught up in the devastation, are now struggling to pick up their lives.

Bernard Chiguvare - 8 June 2015

Masiphumelele school hopes for new hall

With winter underway, Ukanyo Primary School can no longer hold its parent-teacher meetings in the open. But the school has no hall, and no immediate prospect of getting one, says principal Phuthumile Michael Tyhali.

Bernard Chiguvare - 3 June 2015

“Not enough money allocated to sanitation,” say SJC protesters

Yesterday, about 150 members of the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) marched to the civic centre. They demanded “a detailed account” of hundreds of submissions to the City of Cape Town on the 2015/16 budget.

Bernard Chiguvare - 28 May 2015

Slow Home Affairs prevents Zimbabweans from making ends meet

Zimbabweans whose business permit applications have been rejected are hoping that the decision will be reversed, but the Department of Home Affairs is dragging its heels.

Bernard Chiguvare - 26 May 2015

From Masiphumelele to the Waterfront

Ndileka Biyo, owner of Rockasa Design in Masiphumelele, has set her sights on a place in the affluent Waterfront.

Bernard Chiguvare - 25 May 2015

Foreign nationals despondent after police raid their stalls

"What these people are doing is not right. Most of my relatives do not know what to do. All their goods were taken yesterday. They do not know what to do next," says Fatima Hassan, 29, a Somali who owns a stall in Bellville.

Bernard Chiguvare - 11 May 2015

Legalise pot, demand protestors

A few hundred people marched through Cape Town this morning, demanding that dagga be legalised.

Photos: Bernard Chiguvare. Text: GroundUp Staff. - 9 May 2015

SAMWU protests against “racist, and “corrupt, City managers

Protesters ululated, clapped hands and blew vuvuzelas in the Cape Town Civic Center, when Mayor Patricia de Lille promised to investigate allegations of racism by the City of Cape Town’s line managers.

Nombulelo Damba and Bernard Chiguvare - 6 May 2015

Escaping poverty: Mosifane’s story

Mosifane Johannes lost his parents by the time he was 11. He grew up in poverty. Today he teaches at a Free State primary school.

Bernard Chiguvare - 6 May 2015

Domestic workers union wants new minimum wage

On Thursday, a group of about ten women marched to parliament to protest against the delay by government to extend certain basic rights to domestic workers.

Bernard Chiguvare - 13 March 2015

Making music stars at Mzoli’s

Out of 50 performers, 15 managed to sail through the first stage of ‘Make you a star’ music auditions held at Mzolis, Gugulethu.

Bernard Chiguvare - 23 February 2015