Articles by Mary-Anne Gontsana

Draft Cape Town by-law could see land occupiers fined or imprisoned for up to two years, fear housing activists

Treating occupiers as criminals fails to recognise that the vast majority of people are forced to take land, says Ndifuna Ukwazi


News | 11 August 2021

Families living in filth in abandoned building

Gugulethu ward councillor acknowledges building is falling apart but can’t help occupants because it’s privately owned


News | 5 August 2021

People here have been waiting for houses since 1996. They may soon get them

The Valhalla Park Housing Project began in 2016. The first houses are almost finished


Brief | 2 August 2021

Atlantis pharmacist feeds hundreds of people weekly

“This is desperation. People are hungry out here. Situations like these are heartbreaking,” says Thahier Alli


News | 23 July 2021

Part of informal settlement under water for a week

Khayelitsha residents say they need help to clear the water

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Photo Essay | 19 July 2021

ECD staff, social workers, and SASSA tellers could be vaccinated soon, says Minister Zulu

ECD staff remain sceptical, demand Zulu commits to timelines


News | 2 July 2021

How risky is public transport for infectious disease? We tested it

Next time you hop on a bus, you’ll want to shout: “Open the windows!”

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Feature | 29 June 2021

Anger over exclusion of ECD centres from teacher vaccinations

Early childhood development centre owners say they are “the forgotten sector”


News | 25 June 2021

Covid-19 vaccinations: homeless people at risk of being left out

At present the system requires an ID to register


News | 21 June 2021

Cape Town trauma centre overwhelmed by case load

At times “the queues look like a SASSA line”


News | 15 June 2021

Covid-19: What it’s like being a nurse during a pandemic

“We kept getting patients who were already dead”

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Video | 2 June 2021

Government working to fix “teething issues” at vaccine sites

Western Cape given 33,900 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to kick start phase 2 this week


News | 19 May 2021

Dozens march in Gugulethu demanding justice for woman murdered by her boyfriend

The accused is set to appear in the Athlone Magistrates Court on Friday


Brief | 13 May 2021

Early childhood development centres protest over “virtually non-existent roll out” of relief fund

Social Development says it cannot disburse funds without the necessary verifications


News | 13 May 2021

Covid-19 land occupiers demand water, toilets and electricity

The group vows to intensify its protest action if the Premier does not respond


News | 11 May 2021

Cape Town firefighters fear they will be fired

City says it is trying to resolve the matter and has made no such decision


News | 30 April 2021