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Mboniswa Mcutshwa with his wife, Lindiwe, doing homework. Photo by Michael Nkalane.Madala goes back to school

Interview: A Gugulethu man is a living testimony to the old adage “you are never too old to learn”. At the age of 63 he is back at school to finish his matric after a 46 year absence.

27 Mar 2015
Michael Nkalane
Rafael Marques de Morais exposed murder and torture by military generals in a 2011 book.  The generals are suing him. De Morais faces prison time if he loses the case.Angolan reporter who exposed torture hauled into court

News: The defamation trial of Angolan journalist Rafael Marques de Morais, accused of libelling seven of the country’s military generals in a book he wrote, kicked off in Luanda on Tuesday. The generals are suing him for defamation – which could cost him $1.2-million in damages and nine years in prison -- after he had asked for them to be investigated for human rights abuses he first exposed in a book.

27 Mar 2015
Pharie Sefali
The South African Social Security Agency has been ordered by the Constitutional Court to award a new contract for the payment of social grants. The current contractor, CPS, has mired in controversy. Photo by Masixole Feni. Concourt gives Sassa seven months for R10 billion tender

News: The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has been given seven months to award a new contract for the payment of social welfare grants, the Constitutional Court ruled this week.

26 Mar 2015
Barbara Maregele
Photo by Masixole Feni.How shack extension permits work

Information: Informal settlement residents say they are always told by law enforcement and the Anti Land Invasion Unit that if they want to extend or renovate their shacks, they need to obtain a permit from the City of Cape Town. But what exactly is this permit and how does it work?

25 Mar 2015
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Alfred Fonde, 24, was murdered in Westlake. Photo courtesy of the Malawian  community.Police soft on crimes against foreigners, say Westlake residents

News: The murder of a 24-year-old Malawian has increased tensions in Westlake. Residents complain that the Kirstenhof police do not take attacks on foreigners seriously enough.

25 Mar 2015
Tariro Washinyira
A row of containers where dozens of Manenberg families have been living for the past five months while their rental flats are being upgraded. Picture by Barbara Maregele.Manenberg residents tired of living in containers

News: Some of the Manenberg residents who were temporarily relocated to containers more than five months ago say they are eager to move back to their homes. Dozens of families that have been living for decades in the council-owned flat of Eva Court were moved from their homes to make way for its refurbishment in October last year. But a three-month long gang war in the area, rampant vandalism and a delay in payment to contractors by the City of Cape Town has delayed work for months. The upgrade is expected to be only completed by May.

25 Mar 2015
Barbara Maregele
Thousands of people marched to parliament on Tuesday for World TB Day. Photo by Masixole FeniMPs urged to get tested for TB

News: All MPs should get themselves tested for TB, the Treatment Action Campaign says.

24 Mar 2015
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Activists from the Treatment Action Campaign marched on Parliament this morning. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.TAC march to parliament on world TB day

Brief: Activists from the Treatment Action Campaign marched on Parliament this morning to call for better leadership in tuberculosis (TB) treatment and prevention in South Africa. Today is World TB day.

24 Mar 2015
Daneel Knoetze
Audiojerk. Picture courtesy of Riot Tribe. Langa's new king of electronic dance music

Interview: Born and raised in Langa township, Makonwabe Bekwa aka AudioJerk is a dance floor magnet with his unique electronic, techno and dubstep sound. He is also fast becoming one of the Mother City's most sought after DJs.

24 Mar 2015
Zethu Gqola
Cassiem Mohammed. Photo by Jonathan Dockney.Athlone asbestos victim gets his money

News: Cassiem Mohammed, who worked for 40 years at the Athlone Power Station, has finally been paid compensation for the lung disease he developed from contact with deadly asbestos fibres at work.

24 Mar 2015
Pete Lewis

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