Gangs target children in Cape Town

The proliferation of gang violence in working class suburbs of Cape Town requires collaborative intervention – and fast.

Weekly news roundup: June 27, 2014

The week’s headlines from across the continent

An air of nostalgia at Cape Town’s Grand Parade

If you walk down Darling Street in Cape Town towards the City Hall, you will come across the Grand Parade. This square is a rough-fitting assemblage of informal trade, passers-by, security guards, littered plastic and pigeons, but also a national monument since 1962, deemed to be South Africa’s most historic public open square. Up until … Continued

Weekly news roundup: June 13, 2014

The week’s headlines from across the continent.

Residents dismayed by poor workmanship at Pelican Park

Rahat* and his family recently moved into their new state-subsidised house in Pelican Park, on the edge of Grassy Park in Cape Town, from an informal settlement in Ottery. He has three children but only his youngest lives with him. The bedroom designated for the children stands empty. The entire house, in fact, is still … Continued

Weekly news roundup: May 30, 2014

The week’s headlines from across the continent.

Weekly news roundup: May 17, 2014

The week’s headlines from across the continent.

Voting day in a Cape Town suburb

South Africa held its fifth democratic national election on May 7. The political dynamics between urban communities and party candidates over the past year ensured much anticipation over the outcome of an occasion that brings with it the prospect for refreshing change and the assurance that things will in all likelihood stay the same. With … Continued

Two meetings too few as elections draw near

With elections on the horizon, communal venues across Cape Town have been hosting events put on by organisers who are trying to raise awareness of the country’s political, social and economic challenges, drawbacks and scandals