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Police search Cape Town station as part of Operation Fiela. Photo courtesy of SAPS. Operation Fiela: I saw soldiers moving towards my stall, says trader

News:

A Nigerian trader arrested at Cape Town station during Operation Fiela on World Refugee Day has described how he was accused of drug dealing.

2 Jul 2015
Bernard Chiguvare
Former miners suffering from silicosis and TB as a result of their work on the gold mines have launched a claim for damages.Sick miners: time for the mines to share the burden

Opinion:

Between 1,500 and 2,000 miners a year still apply for compensation for silicosis and TB contracted on the gold mines - yet the mining industry is doing very little to share the burden of these deadly diseases, writes Pete Lewis.

2 Jul 2015
Pete Lewis
Loyiso Mbete runs a thriving beekeeping business with more than 300 beehives. Picture: Barbara MaregeleSweet deal for Kayamandi beekeeper

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Six years ago, Loyiso Mbete from Kayamandi in Stellenbosch saw a gap and struck a deal to buy 80 beehives from a local farm. Now the 35-year-old part-time construction contractor runs a thriving beekeeping business with more than 320 hives on several farms across the winelands in the Western Cape.

2 Jul 2015
Barbara Maregele
A defaced Metrorail carriage. Most carriages are covered in graffiti. Commuters angry at Metrorail increases

News:

COSATU and an organisation called Public Transport Voice have criticised Metrorail Cape Town's ticket increases which kick in today, 1 July 2015. Metrorail, however, says the fare increase is unavoidable.

1 Jul 2015
Bernard Chiguvare
Communities have been left out of all the debates on mining and the environment, including Operation Phakisa, say activists. Photo courtesy of Tracey Davies.Mining communities are ready to explode, say activists

Opinion:

Phakisa, from the Sesotho word meaning "hurry up", has been touted by government as the silver bullet that would “fast track the implementation of solutions on critical development issues.”

1 Jul 2015
Christopher Rutledge
Operation Fiela at Cape Town Station on 20 June. Photo courtesy of SAPS.Disturbing court judgment ignores our rights

Opinion:

On 23 June the Pretoria High Court struck from the roll an application by Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) that tried to put an urgent end to Operation Fiela. Lara Wallis explains why this is deeply concerning.

1 Jul 2015
Lara Wallis
Anovuyo holding a spinning top. Photo by Masixole Feni.One of the world's oldest toys is a township craze

Brief:

Spinning tops have been around for years and this is one of the toys that has been keeping township kids busy for decades, especially during school holidays.

1 Jul 2015
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Vincent Kanyonga, Leonard Mulunda and Tules Lobey. Photo by Bernard Chiguvare.Cape Town's Congolese shun independence celebrations

Brief:

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) marks 55 years of independence today but many Congolese who fled to Cape Town say there’s nothing to celebrate since the country is at war and the government does not reflect the will of the people.

30 Jun 2015
Bernard Chiguvare
There's no excuse, Minister: Here's the proof

News:

There are massive medicine stockouts in the public health system. These are mainly due to failures within the state system, not external problems such as global supply shortages that Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi has claimed are primarily responsible. Here’s the proof.

30 Jun 2015
Ashleigh Furlong, Nathan Geffen
Battle over bleak houses at the city's edge

Featured Story:

Residents of Skandaalkamp were set to be moved to Wolwerivier this week. However, worried about the lack of job opportunities in Wolwerivier and with much discontent about the conditions in the new settlement, they have refused to move until their questions are answered.

30 Jun 2015
Text by Ashleigh Furlong. Photos by Shadi Garman.

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