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Survivors of a Stellenbosch shack fire protest against the involvement of the Kayamandi Development Forum in a housing development process. Photo by Mandla Mnyakama.Conflict in Stellenbosch mars housing development

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Stellenbosch shack fire survivors have expressed anxiety about the involvement of the ANC dominated Kayamandi Development Forum (KDF) in their new government housing development project.

25 May 2015
Mandla Mnyakama and GroundUp Staff
Idrissa Kargbo.Help Idrissa Kargbo run the Cape Town marathon

Profile:

Until 2013 Sierra Leone was mostly known as a country of civil war and child soldiers. Although the war had ended a decade before, the country was still far from back on its feet. When Ebola struck in 2014 Sierra Leone was once again thrust grudgingly into the spotlight.

25 May 2015
Tom Boyles
Ndileka Biyo hopes to open a new shop in Cape Town’s Waterfront to sell her “shweshwe children's clothes”. Photo by Bernard Chiguvare.From Masiphumelele to the Waterfront

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Ndileka Biyo, owner of Rockasa Design in Masiphumelele, has set her sights on a place in the affluent Waterfront.

25 May 2015
Bernard Chiguvare
NUM members march in Cape Town yesterday. Photo by Pharie Sefali.Province to NUM: prove your allegations

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The Provincial Department of Transport and Public Works has asked the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) to present proof of their allegation that Good Hope Construction (GHC) has been hiring gangsters to do their security.

22 May 2015
Nombulelo Damba
Lwandle after homes were demolished in June 2014. Photo by Barbara Maragele.When the state neglects property rights

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Fridges, stoves, furniture, televisions and microwaves are just some of the goods that residents claim are taken or damaged during evictions. Shack building materials are taken too. But what exactly happens to these goods once they are taken away? And what does the law say?

22 May 2015
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Textbook shortage causes Cape Town school's exams to be postponed

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The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) and Maitland High School have agreed to postpone second term exams following complaints of shortages of text books at the school.

22 May 2015
Nombulelo Damba
Marikana, North West Province. Photo by Nathan Geffen.Why mining communities will take government to court

Opinion:

Mining companies and the government are ignoring the interests of the communities that should be benefiting from mining, writes the author. Now civil society organisations intend to take legal action.

21 May 2015
Christopher Rutledge
Vuyo Sontsonga. Photo by Christine Ayela.N2 golfer joins club

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Vuyo Sontsonga used to play golf between two roads, the N2 and Borcherds Quarry, nearly everyday. But now his dream of golf club membership has been realised.

21 May 2015
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Photo by Nombulelo Damba.Tensions escalate in school builders strike

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National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members encountered closed doors and security guards with dogs when they marched to the offices of Good Hope Construction (GHC) in Parow yesterday. The strikers are facing disciplinary action from GHC for alleged gross misconduct.

21 May 2015
Nombulelo Damba
Members of Cape Flats Concerned Residents protest outside Parliament yesterday. Photo by Armand Hough.Cape Flats residents demand better policing

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Cape Flats Concerned Residents (CFCR) protested in front of parliament yesterday morning and handed over a memorandum to the provincial and national government demanding better policing on the Cape Flats.

20 May 2015
Armand Hough

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