Gerald Slingers (in red) and other workers at Eilandia raise their fists. Picture by Kimon de Greef.Robertson farmer charged with assault on employee

The owner of Eilandia farm will stand trial on charges of assaulting and strangling an employee in the Robertson Magistrates Court on Friday. Whatever the outcome of the case, a local farm workers’ union has heralded the police investigation and court appearance as a victory.

Jan 30, 2015
Daneel Knoetze
The school's broken toilets are not connected to the sewage system pipes. Photo by Masixole Feni.Primary school kids sent home because of lack of toilets and sewage smell

It is only 10am on a Wednesday morning and A.C.J. Phakade primary school students in Nomzamo township (near Strand in Cape Town) are already walking home or waiting for shuttles to fetch them.

Jan 29, 2015
Zintle Swana
Hundreds of Mfuleni parents brought their children to a tent in a field in Bardale which is used as a school. Photo by Mary-Anne Gontsana.No room for learners: parents start school in tent

Hundreds of learners are using a tent in Mfuleni’s Bardale neighbourhood as a school after parents say they were turned away from primary and high schools in the area which are full.

Jan 29, 2015
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Manenberg residents and police watch as leaders of rival gangs in the area agree to a ceasefire. Photo by Waheed Sookool.Hope of peace for Manenberg residents

Manenberg residents believe night marches by community members and increased police visibility helped to restore peace to the area this week.

Jan 28, 2015
Barbara Maregele
MPCE took on PPG Langa in the play-offs of the Under 19 Bayhill Cup at the weekend. Photo by Siyabonga Kalipa.City's young soccer stars compete in Rocklands

Bayhill United Legacy Grounds in Rocklands was abuzz at the weekend as teams from across Cape Town competed in the play-offs of the 2015 U19 Metropolitan Premier Cup, also known as the Bayhill Cup.

Jan 28, 2015
Siyabonga Kalipa
Activists won't be cowed by drone debate. Photo by Flickr user Lima Pix. (CC BY 2.0)Draft drone rules silent on privacy and weapon concerns

Draft regulations for drone usage in South Africa do not have safeguards against the use of the devices by the state as weapons or to invade people’s privacy, activists have warned. But the sub-committee in charge of compiling the regulations has said Constitutional rights will not be violated.

Jan 27, 2015
Daneel Knoetze
The Visa Facilitation Centre in Cape Town. Photo by Tariro Washinyira.Delays with Home Affairs permits: Zimbabweans sent away from work

Three Zimbabwean men whose permits are pending have been told to leave their jobs at Touareg Tents in Capricorn Business Park and return only when they can prove they are legally in the country.

Jan 27, 2015
Tariro Washinyira
Phumeza Tisile, 23 years, at her home in Khayelitsha, South Africa on August 16, 2013, the day she celebrated her cure from XDR-TB. Photo by Sydelle Willow Smith. Caption and photo from MSF website.TB activist to hear again

With only days to go before the deadline, activists from TB Proof have raised the R230,000 needed for Phumeza Tisile to have cochlear implants. The operation will give Tisile, a tuberculosis patient turned activist, the opportunity to hear again.

Jan 23, 2015
Daneel Knoetze
Pule Selepe is passionate about fitness. Photo by Oresti Patricios.Pumping iron in Alexandra

Setting up a public gym can be an expensive business, but chance and hard work conspired to create two bustling fitness outlets in Alexandra near Sandton. And these gyms are not just about looking good: a big part of iKasi Gym’s focus is building strength of character.

Jan 23, 2015
Jon Pienaar
Reporter Pharie Sefali obtained a medical certificate in Katlehong. Photo by Oupa Nkosi.So you want a fake medical certificate? Meet Mancane and co.

Hung over and want to stay in bed? Missed a deadline for a university assignment? Mancane and his colleagues in Katlehong may be able to help you.

Jan 23, 2015
Pharie Sefali