To mark World Refugee Day, foreign nationals marched to Parliament to call for for the re-opening of the Cape Town Refugee Reception Centre which has remained closed despite a court ruling that it must be reopened.
Described as a ticking time bomb by analysts, youth unemployment is one of the biggest problems facing the country. We went to find the faces behind the statistics.
School security remains one of the biggest problems in the Western Cape. Four primary schools were robbed at gunpoint during the month of May. The Western Cape Education Department has put up R10,000 reward for information leading to the arrests ,of culprits. School principals and Equal Education believe the reward does not address the problem of school safety.
A property investments has failed to find alternative accomodation for evicted Steenvilla residents exposing them to cold and wet weather over the weekend in Cape Town.
About 30 families in Steenberg were evicted from their homes in Steenvilla complex on Wednesday. Steenvilla is the largest social housing complex in Cape Town with over 700 units.
In a meeting with various organisations the Commission for Gender Equality revealed that incest, parents forcing children into marriage, female farm workers sleeping with male supervisors to secure work, and child trafficking for sex work is rife in the Western Cape.
The taxi industry by far transports the biggest number of passengers on any given day, compared to both rail and bus. However, with taxi owners and drivers fighting over routes, the industry is marred by violence that in the conflict between two rival taxi associations in Cape Town, 13 people have been killed.
Widespread protests for land and housing are taking place with backyarders and landless people occupying vacant land in Cape Town.
Overflowing sewage is a frequent problem for residents of Samora Machel township and elsewhere in Cape Town. Besides the terrible stench they have to contend with, residents report that their children suffer from skin rashes and respiratory ailments.
A meeting between leadership of the Vrygrond community and the City of Cape Town, after several stand-offs between law enforcement officers and backyarders who have attempted to occupy vacant land, has not taken place even though a date was set.
A protest march to Parliament has called for the immediate expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador from South Africa.
Backyarders in Vrygrond near Muizenberg have vowed to continue building shacks on a piece of land that they have occupied because they cannot “afford to pay rent” anymore.