Articles by Mary-Anne Gontsana

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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
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If commuters thought Metrorail couldn’t get worse, it did this week

Cape Town’s central line is operating with eight train sets. It needs 33.

By Tariro Washinyira and Mary-Anne Gontsana - 27 July 2018
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#UniteBehind accuses Epping company of buying copper stolen from railways

SA Metal says its staff are trained to identify stolen material and to alert management immediately

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 26 July 2018
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Cape Town’s neglected council flats

City says it will spend R147 million on upgrades to the rental units it owns

By Mary-Anne Gontsana and Thembela Ntongana - 24 July 2018

Parkwood families await repairs to fire-ravaged council flats

Two council units in Parkwood burnt down in May and June. Residents were given containers to live in

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 10 July 2018
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Cape Town residents wait days for ambulance

Stark divide between Bonnytoun’s coloured and black residents, but all await houses

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 6 July 2018

Occupiers take over Old Mutual property

Company says the flats and surrounding land were earmarked for a low-cost housing project

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 22 June 2018
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Community confused why they don’t have electricity while their neighbours do

In the meanwhile, residents of RR Section in Khayelitsha use illegal connections

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 21 June 2018