Articles by Mary-Anne Gontsana

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Family of learner killed on Metrorail suffer two more tragedies

“We were expecting great things from this child, but now he is gone”

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 18 April 2019
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Activists launch safety plan for Gugulethu school

Night patrols, fencing, keep vandals away

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 10 April 2019
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Prisoner alleges beatings at Westville

“They cannot do worse to me than they already have” says inmate

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 27 March 2019
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Housing activist killed in occupied Cape Town building

Former SWEAT official Ayanda Denge stabbed in Helen Bowden Nurses’ Home

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 26 March 2019
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Cape Flats residents protest for houses

Protesters demanded to see MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela, and then burnt tyres when he did not address them

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 20 March 2019
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Fire leaves hundreds homeless in Overcome Heights

Luckily no injuries were reported following Monday night’s blaze

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 5 March 2019
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“If I was able to do something else, I would,” says teacher

Teaching is tough in overcrowded schools with ill-disciplined sometimes violent learners

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 4 March 2019
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Picket against Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill

This bill does not include the people, says Land Access Movement

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 27 February 2019
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Unemployed for three years, Thulani Ngwenya believes entrepreneurship is the way to go

“There are many opportunities in our townships, it is just a matter of finding them.”

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 20 February 2019
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CPUT nursing students say residences are not secure

Athlone campus SRC deny college management met with them

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 15 February 2019
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Load shedding is killing small businesses

“We are losing profits. Our clients are impatient and always in a hurry. They can’t wait for about two and a half hours.”

By Mary-Anne Gontsana, Thembela Ntongana and Tariro Washinyira - 15 February 2019
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Violent protests disrupt CPUT campuses

13 students released on bail

By Mary-Anne Gontsana and Velani Ludidi - 13 February 2019
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Protests halt classes at nursing college

Students at Western Cape College of Nursing want running water, better security and longer library hours

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 12 February 2019
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Nursing students say their residences are unsafe

CPUT college students say they have found thieves and intruders several times

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 8 February 2019
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We will occupy any open land, vow backyarders

Backyarders complain that they are not given the same opportunities as people living in informal settlements

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 31 January 2019
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Cape Flats residents confront police minister

Please give me a chance, says Bheki Cele in response to residents’ attacks

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 22 January 2019