Articles by Mary-Anne Gontsana

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Social housing gets green light at Salt River Market

Activists say they will only celebrate when they see ground broken

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 14 August 2019
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RDP beneficiaries live with shoddy construction

“I was a backyarder on the housing list for 33 years before I received this house … I am so disappointed”

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 14 August 2019
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Mothers of slain children march in Cape Town

Protest commemorates children killed by crime and gang violence

Text by Mary-Anne Gontsana. Photos by Ashraf Hendricks. - 1 August 2019
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Heideveld residents say their RDP houses are shoddily built

Homes are leaking and walls are cracked, they claim

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 1 August 2019
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Masiphumelele fire leaves over 1,000 homeless

One person killed, but body burnt so badly that their sex cannot be determined

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 29 July 2019
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New Masiphumelele taxi rank open at last

The rank has stood unused since its completion in May

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 26 July 2019
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How the Barn is helping Khayelitsha’s entrepreneurs

Non-profit technology hub offers office space for people to run their businesses

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 26 July 2019
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Latest study finds over 6,000 people living on the streets of Cape Town

Mayor Plato says there is a need for more safe spaces for homeless people

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 18 July 2019
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No answers nine months after Thuthukile Mabaso murdered in Manenberg

Activists demand that police prioritise LGBTI cases, murders

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 5 July 2019
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Khayelitsha lacks a proper sexual offences court

Survivors of rape need better support within the criminal justice system, say civil society organisations

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 4 July 2019
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No water, no toilets, no electricity in Qandu-qandu

Thousands in Khayelitsha informal settlement hope and wait for basic services

Text by Mary-Anne Gontsana. Photos by Masixole Feni. - 1 July 2019
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Growthpoint loses court case against Reclaim the City

Judge refuses application for final interdict against occupation of controversial land

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 28 June 2019
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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