Articles by Mary-Anne Gontsana

“Anti-social behaviour” could soon disqualify you from renting from the City

Public comment on draft housing allocation policy open till 21 July

By Mary-Anne Gontsana and James Stent - 9 July 2020

New LGBTQI+ draft guidelines for schools critically flawed say education activists

Western Cape Education Department is evaluating comments on its Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Guidelines

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 9 July 2020

Nomandla Yako, who defied Thabo Mbeki by importing HIV medicines, has died

TAC activist who lived openly with HIV succumbs to Covid-19

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 1 July 2020

Covid-19: School principals ask President to close schools

“Our children and teachers are terrified”

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 24 June 2020

Life in a shack when you’re in a wheelchair

Every day Nonceba Siyobi sits in the doorway of her home hoping a passerby will help her to the nearest toilet

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 4 June 2020

Contractor says school feeding scheme isn’t viable if only two grades return

“Normally I would deliver for 5,000 but now my delivery will only be for 677 in grades 7 and 12.”

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 29 May 2020

Philippi residents cry foul over stagnant water

City blames company building CTM in Mitchells Plain for damaged pipeline

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 15 May 2020
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Bus drivers disrupt services over Covid-19 fears

Police disperse protesting Golden Arrow employees

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 8 May 2020
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Hair and beauty technicians petition to start working

Employer’s organisation has collected nearly 70,000 signatures

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 6 May 2020
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Covid-19: “Gugulethu 7” backyarders say they’ve been abandoned

“We have received no food parcels, masks, gloves or even sanitisers”

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 6 May 2020
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Covid-19: Water supply improves in Cape Town’s informal settlements

Water tanks and trucks have been delivered to some areas

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 21 April 2020
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Covid-19: School feeding reopens in Western Cape

But South African Democratic Teachers Union accuses province of undermining national plan to limit the spread of Covid-19

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 9 April 2020
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Covid-19: Hairdresser’s battle to survive

“I have never been scared like this before”

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 7 April 2020
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Informal settlement residents demand water ahead of lockdown

“Everybody says that the most vulnerable will be protected but what has the government done to make sure the most vulnerable have access to water?”

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 26 March 2020
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Housing backlog exceeds half a million in Western Cape

City and Province’s housing demand drive adds 10,000 more to the database

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 26 March 2020
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Covid-19: Taxi commuters anxious about pandemic

City of Cape Town says it will implement a number of precautionary measures at public transport interchanges in the coming days

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 18 March 2020