Four years on, after the project to build houses started at Unit P township in Mdantsane, residents still label the RDP housing development as a “project of corruption”.
A gender based violence campaign community meeting called by the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) in Khayelitsha highlighted the need for the police and the community to fight violence directed at women and children. Themed on the need to work together, the event was part of the 16 Day of Activism against gender violence.
A group of protesting teachers from the Gugulethu-based St Francis Adult Learning Centre locked up the Western Cape’s Higher Education and Training Department’s officials in the school’s office for more than two hours and released them after an amicable deal was reached.
As Zimbabweans celebrated the end to Robert Mugabe’s 37 years of iron-fisted rule, which saw the country plunging from its Jewel of Africa status to basket case, the country’s largest labour body, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) chose to tread with caution.
The lack of economic opportunities in small rural and farming towns around the country is driving up social ills. Most of these towns rely on a single industry, typically farming. Unemployment is high and too many children pregnant. Alcohol abuse is reportedly spiking because there are more bottle stores in town than factories or bookshops.
For twenty six years Nonkululeko Maneli has dedicated her life to taking care of orphans. She started running the Ekuphumleni Masincedane Centre from a shack in Duncan Village in 1991, sustaining her project with handouts.
About 100 Social Justice Coalition members and residents from Khayelitsha marched to Parliament to hand over an open letter and court papers to the Portfolio Committee of Police.
Leading men’s and anti-abuse organisations, Grassroots soccer and SAPS’s Men for Change, and Agisanang Domestic Abuse Prevention and Training came together to celebrate International Men’s Day on Saturday at Altrek Sports complex in Alexandra township.
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