Articles by Mary-Anne Gontsana

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Bridgetown man makes robots from scrap

I’ve always been good with my hands, says “Robot Man”

Text by Mary-Anne Gontsana. Photos by Ashraf Hendricks. - 23 November 2018
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“Mr Plato, we live in complete squalor”

Residents of Cape Town’s informal settlements march for the right to water and sanitation

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 22 November 2018
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No services - but it’s better than a backyard, say shack dwellers

“It was a constant struggle to pay rent”

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 22 November 2018
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Woman breaks leg while trying to use communal toilet

“I was in so much pain”, says Khayelitsha woman

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 13 November 2018
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Evicted Blikkiesdorp families refuse to return

All but one of the families evicted have found other accommodation

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 9 November 2018
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Shack dwellers evicted from Langa for N2 Gateway project

Joe Slovo residents watch as their shacks are demolished

By Mary-Anne Gontsana and Sophia Wilhelm - 7 November 2018
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New Rail Enforcement Unit officers will be armed

All three levels of government co-operate in latest effort to protect Cape Town’s train commuters

By Mary-Anne Gontsana and Phathiswa Shushwana - 29 October 2018
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Families who fled Blikkiesdorp ask City for help

A resident claims that crime, not race, is at the root of the conflict

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 16 October 2018
Washiela Baeers cleans her 6 month old son Waseem. Baeers has been a resident of Blikkiesdorp for 10 years. She said that it was nice staying in the church because "I can sleep tonight". Baeers didn't

Residents expelled from Blikkiesdorp amidst racial tensions

Over 20 people have sought shelter in the Methodist Church in central Cape Town

By Mary-Anne Gontsana and Ashraf Hendricks - 11 October 2018
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Train activists launch campaign to extend monthly tickets

47 carriages have been lost to fire so far in 2018 according to Metrorail manager

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 5 October 2018
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Toilet topples over, trapping woman inside

A concrete public toilet in a Cape Town informal settlement fell over while a resident was using it

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 27 September 2018
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Residents of Marikana informal settlement left in the dark

A year after High Court ordered City of Cape Town to buy the land but the matter is still in court

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 21 September 2018
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Puppets bring the dangers of drugs to life

Ukwanda Puppet Collective on school tour

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 31 August 2018
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Lighting for Marikana at last

Shack dwellers welcome switch-on of first high-mast light

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 22 August 2018
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Workers commemorate Marikana in Cape Town and Johannesburg

Ex-miners say they are owed benefits

By Mary-Anne Gontsana and Zoë Postman - 17 August 2018
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Bureaucracy leaves Khayelitsha toilets uncleaned since last year

Because janitors don’t have inoculations residents live with shit

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 6 August 2018