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NUM members march in Cape Town yesterday. Photo by Pharie Sefali.Province to NUM: prove your allegations

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.

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

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?

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

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.

May 22, 2015
Nombulelo Damba
Vuyo Sontsonga. Photo by Christine Ayela.N2 golfer joins club

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.

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

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.

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

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.

May 20, 2015
Armand Hough
Mxolisi Madyosi working at his upholstery shop in Langa. Rolling blackouts (load shedding) are affecting his business badly. Photo by Pharie Sefali."I burnt my client's scalp" and other load shedding horror stories

Business owners in Langa township are fed up with load shedding. And residents complain that the rolling blackouts makes their neighbourhoods unsafe.

May 20, 2015
Pharie Sefali
Elvira Modesero. Photo courtesy of MSF."After we treat them, they say you kwere kwere"

Burundian nurse Elvira Modesero was a victim of the xenophobic violence that took place in Kwazulu-Natal in April. She told her story to Doctors Without Borders (MSF). This is an edited and shortened transcript of her interview.

May 20, 2015
Elvira Modesero, as told to , Doctors Without Borders
Hout Bay's scrapyard sculptors

Chenjerai Mutasa and Isaac Mukonde are Zimbabwean artists who bring to life the junk that we toss out. Using old car parts, wire, drift wood, metal and stone, they build beautiful and imaginative sculptures.

May 20, 2015
Elias Kuhn von Burgsdorff and Masixole Feni
NUM regional organiser Benson Ngqentsu speaking on Friday at a picket near Stock Road, Philippi, where striking workers have been gathering on most days. Photo by Nombulelo Damba.Worker killed as NUM strike enters fifth week

About 174 construction workers involved in building schools in the Western Cape have been on an unprotected strike for nearly five weeks. One person died when violence broke out between the strikers, who are members of the National Union of Mineworkers, and security guards.

May 19, 2015
Nombulelo Damba

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