Articles by Mary-Anne Gontsana

Education organisation uses technology to urge Motshekga to fix schools

In a little over a month Equal Education (EE) head to the Bhisho High Court, to continue their fight for minimum norms and standards, and they are pulling out all the stops.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

3 October 2012

Has the City’s janitorial service been flushed?

“I have seen no one fixing any toilet. They are blocked right now as we speak.” These are the words of 29-year-old Zoliswa Mampofu, a Khayelitsha resident and mother of two.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

2 October 2012

Cape Town’s stray dog problem

He limps as he quickly crosses the busy road of NY 1 in Gugulethu, probably injured by another dog who is in the same position as he is. No home, no food, no care.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

19 September 2012

Parents lead clean-up of toilets in Khayelitsha school

About 10 parents and Equal Education (EE) members donned their aprons and yellow gloves at Sakumlandela Primary School and started cleaning the toilets as part of a new project to keep schools in Khayelitsha clean.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

12 September 2012

Montevideo: Finding ways to stop burglaries

Montevideo is a small suburb just outside of Gugulethu, nestled in Montana. With mostly a coloured population, it faces the N2 freeway and is in between a bus depot and a school for the physically disabled.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

5 September 2012

Equal Education launches exhibition in lead-up to court case

Equal Education (EE), officially launched their Fix Our Schools exhibition at the Central Methodist Mission Church on Thursday.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

5 September 2012

Hundreds audition for SABC HIV show

Hundreds of hopefuls lined the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s ampitheatre on Saturday hoping to be cast in the SABC 1 television drama series, Intersexions.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

29 August 2012

Appoinment of Commission of Inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha

Civil society organisations have welcomed the appointment of a Commission of Inquiry into the allegations of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

22 August 2012

Keeping fit at the Sea Point outdoor gym

Exercising and keeping fit is a requirement for a healthy lifestyle, but not many people can afford to join a gym. The Sea Point outdoor gym, opened last year, is one of the places that the public can visit at any time for a workout and it's free.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

22 August 2012

Education through soccer

A football non-profit organisation is using soccer to educate kids living in townships.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

15 August 2012

Activists and politicians argue over violent protests

Several protests in Cape Town's informal settlements have turned violent in recent weeks. Residents, activist groups and the city's political parties are blaming each other for the violence and lack of service delivery.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

8 August 2012

Province gives conflicting reasons for Zonnebloem school’s closure

Equal Education (EE) has set up an online petition to fight the closure of Zonnebloem Nest Senior School. Western Cape MEC for Education, Donald Grant, has included Zonnebloem in a list of schools marked for closure.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

8 August 2012

Rats and rubbish: Somafho Flats in Gugs

Rubbish piles, rats and no electricity. This is the site of Somafho, a block of flats in Gugulethu’s NY 121.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

1 August 2012

Gangsterism out of hand in Khayelitsha

Between Premier Helen Zille calling for the deployment of an army and some Cape Town gangs deciding to end the violence, Khayelitsha is singing a different tune with teenage gangsters taking the violence to a new level.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

1 August 2012

From bad boy to legitimate business owner: The Corner Lounge Story

Nkululeko Tuntubele is the owner of Corner Lounge, a cosy bar-lounge in the hub of Gugulethu at NY 138. Officially opened this year on 31 March, the lounge is a container previously used as a hair salon.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

25 July 2012

A spaza shop “just to keep busy”

For most people, opening a spaza shop is a small business venture to earn an income. For Richard Handel, it is just to keep busy.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

25 July 2012