Articles for Mosa Damane

“Bridge for my sweetheart” washed away

Cement company has been waiting for approval to build this bridge since August 2020


News | 19 February 2021

300 people have been living in shipping containers for 10 years

Homes built for Soweto hostel residents in 2010 will have to be demolished and rebuilt


News | 17 November 2020

Snaking queue for Covid grants in Soweto

“I heard the government extended the grant for three months, but I am still waiting for my first payment to be approved”


News | 22 October 2020

Soweto households have been without power for six weeks

Eskom says substation will be fixed by Friday afternoon


Brief | 21 August 2020

Soweto welfare centre struggling to help orphans after robbery

R50,000 worth of food and six computers stolen from Sizanani Caregivers


News | 3 July 2020

“A bridge for my sweetheart”

Amos Khumalo built a footbridge for his community in Soweto


News | 5 June 2020

R140 for a packet of cigarettes in Soweto

Spaza shop owner says ban on alcohol and tobacco has cost him R25,000


News | 15 May 2020

Soweto’s girls and boys play competitive soccer together

“My teammates treat me with respect and dignity. I’ve never felt harassed or experienced any form of violence and abuse.”


Feature | 24 October 2019

“I called the police many times but they never came”

What victims and perpetrators of Soweto’s xenophobic violence say


Feature | 10 September 2018

Riders of the trains

Whiteboy and Tupac are chilling on a bench in New Canada station before their usual high-octane commute to school. Whiteboy, aged 18 and in grade 11 at a former model C school in Jozi, wears a striped T-shirt, shorts and brown suede shoes. He’s smoking Dunhill Courtleigh blends. His “macala” (friend) Tupac is a year younger, with short hair, neat in school rig and black toughees (school shoes) with red laces, high as a kite on weed, with sleepy red eyes. Their excited schoolgirl fans can’t wait to see the action.

Mosa Damane

Feature | 9 April 2015

Soweto hostel dwellers repelled

Last week, residents of Soweto’s Mzimhlophe Women’s Hostel were at the forefront of a crowd that occupied 66 new homes at the hostel site which have stood empty for over seven years.

Mosa Damane

News | 17 February 2015

How xenophobic violence turned Joseph Tau’s life upside down

“I heard a loud noise from the looters outside the supermarket,” recalls 76-year-old Joseph Tau. “I could hear footsteps on the roof and knew they were coming for us."

Mosa Damane

News | 4 February 2015