Articles by Mary-Anne Gontsana

From sounds to hounds: How an opera singer started a dog-washing business in Khayelitsha

Masakhane Sotayisi doesn’t just clean your dog: he moisturises it too!

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23 March 2021

Shack dweller Nikiwe Sipenuka has no feet and no hands. She has been waiting for a house for years

Unclear why provincial government has not prioritised her house


17 March 2021

The Justice department has upgraded the Khayelitsha sexual offences court. But Rape Crisis say it’s not enough

Activists picketed outside the department’s regional office in Cape Town on Monday to demand better upgrades


8 March 2021

SASSA vows to meet its disability grant deadline

Virtual medical assessments will speed up the process, Western Cape legislature told


4 March 2021

Deadline extended for early childhood development centres’ fund

ECD centres now have until 26 February to apply for relief funds


22 February 2021

Applying for grants is a nightmare for early childhood development centres

“People are pulling their hair out because they have no idea how to do it”


12 February 2021

Some schools still not feeding learners

The national feeding scheme was meant to recommence on 27 January

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9 February 2021

Closure of SASSA office leaves Saldanha Bay beneficiaries in the lurch

Applicants for disability grants have to spend R100 on a taxi ride to Vredenburg and back


4 February 2021

City of Cape Town ends mobile library service after 60 years

Elderly and disabled clients advised to use community libraries


29 January 2021

Disability grants: SASSA promises to clear Western Cape backlog by end of March

Extra doctors have been brought in, SASSA executive tells Western Cape legislature


21 January 2021

Police probe use of water cannon against social grant applicants

SASSA admits it’s in “crisis mode”


20 January 2021

Premier Winde calls on President Ramaphosa to intervene in SASSA crisis

This comes after police opened a water cannon on people queueing for grants in Bellville

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15 January 2021

Extend disability grants, Black Sash tells SASSA as queues shock country

SASSA has proposed a ten-point plan to deal with backlogs

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14 January 2021

Water safety programme hit by Covid-19 lockdown

National Sea Rescue Institute’s instructors reach fewer children


18 December 2020

Rape Crisis picket at Khayelitsha court

Protesters demand proper facilities for sexual offences court


10 December 2020

Child drowns in Philippi dam

Community leader says they have been pleading for years for the area to be fenced


10 December 2020