Articles by Marecia Damons

R350 Covid grant is too little and excludes too many, research report finds

Grant is used up on basic services that should be free


28 July 2021

Life Esidimeni repeatedly warned health department, inquest hears

Former managing director describes transfer of patients by health department as “hurried”, “haphazard” and not conforming to discharge procedures


21 July 2021

Life Esidimeni inquest will determine if health officials could be criminally convicted

Previous arbitration process found the deaths were not natural but caused unlawfully and negligently by government employees


20 July 2021

Charges withdrawn against man accused of starting Cape Town fire

Representations by Frederick Mhangazo’s defence team convince State to drop case


16 July 2021

Formal inquest into Life Esidimeni deaths to start on Monday

Families plan to petition for a memorial to be built in remembrance of the 144 patients who died


16 July 2021

Food supply to 675,000 people cut off after Durban food bank ransacked

FoodForward SA closes branches nationwide because of insecurity


14 July 2021

As many as 750,000 children have dropped out of school during the pandemic

School attendance is at the lowest level it has been in 20 years


9 July 2021

This charity has been feeding Cape Town’s hungry for more than 80 years. Never have so many people queued for food

“The increase in numbers shows how much people are struggling out there”


8 July 2021

Siqalo shack dwellers want solar power

Residents are asking the City of Cape Town to subsidise a model they say worked in Stellenbosch


8 July 2021

SACP picket in Western Cape calls for inquiry into “the rot within the police”

The party says the public have lost all confidence and trust in the police


25 June 2021

20 years later government still “discussing” Basic Income Grant

Even as the push for a comprehensive grant gathers pace, civil society organisations doubt the political will is there


22 June 2021

State asks for more time to investigate case against Table Mountain fire accused

Accused’s lawyer wants case struck from court roll should the state not be ready next month


18 June 2021

“Walk of Resistance” against Amazon site

A petition signed by 50,000 people opposing the R4.5bn mega-development has been handed over to Mayor Dan Plato


17 June 2021

Supporters of axed top cop Jeremy Vearey march to Parliament

They want him reinstated and a public inquiry into SAPS


10 June 2021

Cape Town golf clubs may be turned into housing - City documents

Activists welcome possible change of policy


4 June 2021

City of Cape Town slammed for asking public for complaints against homeless people

Counter campaign to City’s appeal launched by activists

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31 May 2021