Articles by Mary-Anne Gontsana

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Hermanus evictions: hearing postponed

Community leader denies municipality’s claim that some households earn R17,000

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 18 June 2019
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Domestic workers want to be covered for occupational injuries

Workers protest outside Parliament; wave feather dusters and mops

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 17 June 2019

Mother gave up her sick child because she lives in a shack without services

Nomaphelo Nomala says her only wish in life is to have her four-year-old daughter live with her

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 14 June 2019
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Community clean up turns waste into arts and crafts

Clean My Space initiative in Khayelitsha has ballooned to 180 members

Text by Mary-Anne Gontsana. Photos by Masixole Feni. - 7 June 2019
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Township residents march through Rondebosch to demand better lighting

“I want to be able to walk in my street at night under the lights without fear. Instead I have to rush home before the sun goes down”

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 29 May 2019
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New life for Khayelitsha crèche that was nearly closed down

Rainbow Educare is now officially registered

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 24 May 2019
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Cape Town’s hostels to be upgraded

Built to accommodate black working men under apartheid, many are in terrible condition

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 23 May 2019
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Activists protest against corruption as new MPs sworn in

Meanwhile PRASA takes action against top executives

By Mary-Anne Gontsana and Katherine Liu - 22 May 2019
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Gugulethu backyarders make community hall their home

Occupiers hope to benefit from new housing project, but it’s not certain they will

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 13 May 2019
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Langa’s dirty hostels have not improved in 20 years, say residents

But City has plan to upgrade them, says councillor

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 13 May 2019
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Hundreds march in Cape Town for National Health Insurance

Protesters visit ten private health facilities to highlight unequal access to health care

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 24 April 2019
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Athlone arts hub shuts its doors

Closure follows collapse of Catholic Welfare and Development

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 24 April 2019
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Family of learner killed on Metrorail suffers 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