Articles by Mary-Anne Gontsana

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CPUT nursing students say residences are not secure

Athlone campus SRC deny college management met with them

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 15 February 2019
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Load shedding is killing small businesses

“We are losing profits. Our clients are impatient and always in a hurry. They can’t wait for about two and a half hours.”

By Mary-Anne Gontsana, Thembela Ntongana and Tariro Washinyira - 15 February 2019
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Violent protests disrupt CPUT campuses

13 students released on bail

By Mary-Anne Gontsana and Velani Ludidi - 13 February 2019
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Protests halt classes at nursing college

Students at Western Cape College of Nursing want running water, better security and longer library hours

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 12 February 2019
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Nursing students say their residences are unsafe

CPUT college students say they have found thieves and intruders several times

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 8 February 2019
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We will occupy any open land, vow backyarders

Backyarders complain that they are not given the same opportunities as people living in informal settlements

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 31 January 2019
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Cape Flats residents confront police minister

Please give me a chance, says Bheki Cele in response to residents’ attacks

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 22 January 2019
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Cape Town’s strained transport service for disabled people

City confirms that Dial-a-Ride is “oversubscribed”

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 17 January 2019
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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