Articles by Thembela Ntongana

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Belhar school houses overspill of learners in a tent

The no-fee school is battling to raise the tent’s R10,000 rental fee for next month

By Thembela Ntongana - 18 January 2019
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Families still without electricity, four years after fire

No electricity can be installed in wetlands, says City of Cape Town

By Thembela Ntongana - 15 January 2019
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From struggling in grade 10 to school’s top student in matric

Masiphumelele High School teen will begin studying mechanical engineering at UCT this year

By Thembela Ntongana - 10 January 2019
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Court rules that allocation of police in Western Cape is discriminatory

Victory for Social Justice Coalition may result in poorer areas getting more officers

By Thembela Ntongana and GroundUp Staff - 14 December 2018
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The daily struggle of living in a wheelchair in a shack

“The simplest things, like brushing your teeth, require work”

By Thembela Ntongana - 14 December 2018
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We hope it won’t just be a decoration, says resident as temporary Nyanga police station opened

Minister silent on permanent station promised for 2023

By Thembela Ntongana - 12 December 2018
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“The so-called future of this country is dying”

Learners battle government to make their schools clean and safe

By Thembela Ntongana and Kimberly Mutandiro - 30 November 2018
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Struggle to rebuild after fire destroys Khayelitsha children’s home

SAPS says an arrest has been made and an arson investigation is underway

By Thembela Ntongana - 21 November 2018
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Over 2,000 schools without toilets, says Equal Education

Organisation marks ten years of struggle

By Thembela Ntongana - 16 November 2018
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Simon’s Town shack dwellers’ long wait for housing

Nowethu Ngxangana has been living in Redhill for more than 25 years

By Thembela Ntongana - 9 November 2018
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Khayelitsha hospital employees accuse management of intimidation

“When we come to work we want to deliver clinical services. … we do not go to work to be fighting labour related matters”

By Thembela Ntongana - 8 November 2018
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Brett Herron and JP Smith in war of words over social housing

Mayco member Brett Herron resigns from DA and city council

By Thembela Ntongana and Kelly Vinett - 1 November 2018
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Canals remain an open sore in Masiphumele Wetlands

Residents unhappy with City’s efforts; Provincial government however paints a rosy picture

By Thembela Ntongana - 12 October 2018
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Shack dwellers protest against assassinations

At least 16 activists aligned to Abahlali baseMjondolo have been killed since 2013

By Nomfundo Xolo and Thembela Ntongana - 8 October 2018
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“They sit here in Parliament and they are the ones who get the money, and we get death”

Western Cape communities march to parliament and provincial government demanding police curb gang violence

By Kim Reynolds and Thembela Ntongana - 3 October 2018
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We do not know if my father’s murder will ever be solved, says son of slain activist

Still no arrests after assassination of Xolobeni leader Bazooka Rhadebe

By Thembela Ntongana - 1 October 2018