Articles by Steve Kretzmann

Praymore Mwarumba was staying Ngangu in Chumanimani when Cyclone Idai hit.  When the first light arrived Mwarumba immediately started helping.

The everyday heroes of Cyclone Idai

Zimbabwe’s people helped as best they could

By Steve Kretzmann - 23 April 2019
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Cyclone Idai: Zimbabweans rally to help each other

Citizens didn’t wait for government to organise relief effort

Text by Steve Kretzmann. Photos by Ashraf Hendricks. - 17 April 2019
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IN PHOTOS: Zimbabweans struggle to recover from Cyclone Idai

Crops have been destroyed. And where houses once stood there are now rocks

Text by Steve Kretzmann. Photos by Ashraf Hendricks. - 15 April 2019
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Did De Lille stall while Bo Kaap developers scored?

Four controversial developments approved while heritage protection plan delayed

By Steve Kretzmann - 26 March 2019
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How dirty is the Cape Flats groundwater?

Water in the Cape Flats Aquifer is polluted by cemeteries, waste water treatment works, landfill sites and informal settlements

By Steve Kretzmann - 26 March 2019
Photos of an informal settlement and a bowling green

Radical new housing deal proposed to break apartheid barriers

City of Cape Town could use its golf courses and bowling greens for low cost housing, says report

By Steve Kretzmann - 20 March 2019
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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
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Wastewater audit missing as countrywide water shortage looms

After reports were sent to cabinet, water test results have not been released for five years

By Steve Kretzmann - 25 February 2019
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Dead-end for MyCiTi strikers

EFF attempt to get City of Cape Town to insource workers fails

By Steve Kretzmann - 13 February 2019
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Nasty chemicals are accumulating on Cape Town’s coasts

Drugs, flushed through the sewage system, are ending up in sea-life.

By Steve Kretzmann - 12 February 2019
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City fails to publish water quality tests for two years

Public cannot assess effects of sewage disposal in sea

By Steve Kretzmann - 11 February 2019
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Why are the lights off at PRASA?

Claims, counter claims and racketeering allegations in PRASA fencing contract

By Steve Kretzmann - 13 December 2018
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PRASA spent millions on automated gates that don’t work

Lucky Montana used the 2010 World Cup to justify a closed tender for the gates, but work on them only began months after the event finished, according to the Public Protector

By Steve Kretzmann - 5 December 2018
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Solar water heater programme goes cold

Atlantis factory faces closure and the loss of 85 jobs

By Steve Kretzmann - 7 June 2018
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Squabble over money for Masiphumelele land

Ward councillor accuses community leaders of charging residents to get a plot

By Steve Kretzmann - 26 March 2018
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Security guards queue for days to renew certificates

Psira’s new registration procedure causes workers to lose money and sleep outside

By Steve Kretzmann - 14 March 2018