Articles by Masixole Feni

Photo of woman picking out a chicken

Cape Town’s roadside chicken sellers

“What I love about this business is that it is outside. I’m not enclosed in a building.”

By Masixole Feni - 18 April 2019
Photo of mural in Swift Street Salt River

Cape Town’s iconic murals

The city has beautiful public art depicting the life and ideals of its residents

Text by Steve Kretzmann. Photos by Masixole Feni. - 14 March 2019

Waiting and hoping the whole day for work

“Sometimes in a week I get maybe one job. If I am lucky I get two jobs and I make R150 per job.”

By Masixole Feni - 26 February 2019
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Mfuleni schools shut down as unplaced learners protest

Education department says enrolments in Western Cape have increased by more than 18,000

By Vincent Lali, Masixole Feni and GroundUp Staff - 4 February 2019

In photos: Bonteheuwel schools show their athletics skills

Usually in the news because of its gang crime, these photos show a happier, more hopeful side of this neighbourhood

By Masixole Feni - 25 January 2019
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Mfuleni’s marvellous pets

While dogs are the most popular pet, some very curious creatures have formed lasting friendships with the township’s residents

By Masixole Feni - 22 January 2019
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In photos: The long wait for social grants

“I arrived here at 8:30pm on Wednesday, only to be helped the next day.”

By Masixole Feni - 15 August 2018
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Shacks flooded after week of Cape rains

Dam levels are rising and Day Zero in 2019 is unlikely, but for hundreds of thousands of people, the rains bring hardship

By Masixole Feni - 22 June 2018
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Mfuleni land occupiers won’t give up

“Setting up again is a form of resistance” says woman whose shack has been demolished

By Masixole Feni - 3 April 2018
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In photos: The people of Woodstock threatened by gentrification

“If we have to move to Wolwerivier it would be a setback in my life and for all my children”

By Masixole Feni - 27 July 2017
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Jazzing up Langa

Nigerian Trumpeter Joseph Kunnuji joined local musicians at the Guga S’thebe Community Centre

By Masixole Feni - 13 June 2017
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Gale overturns shacks in Mfuleni and Khayelitsha

City’s informal settlement residents battle to stay dry and warm during this week’s storm

By Masixole Feni - 9 June 2017
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Dunoon residents capitalise on thriving rental market

Residents in the overcrowded settlement are building apartments and adding storeys

By Masixole Feni - 17 May 2017
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Meet the people who collect our garbage

Some residents frantically run out in satin nighties determined to stop the truck so they can empty their bin for the week

Text by Ashleigh Furlong. Photos by Masixole Feni. - 25 April 2017
Photo of front of Mdzananda Animal Clinic

Meet Khayelitsha’s adorable pets

Volunteer facility provides essential medical care to residents’ best friends

By Masixole Feni - 21 February 2017
Photo of water flowing through Marikaa

Life in Cape Town’s most controversial informal settlement

Future of Marikana informal settlement in Philippi East in the hands of a judge

By Masixole Feni - 17 February 2017