Articles by Marecia Damons

NGOs warn latest budget will have bad outcomes for education

Equal Education say underfunding will cause even more overcrowded classrooms, teacher shortages and learners going without meals


26 February 2021

Still no answers to why police used a water cannon on people in a SASSA queue

Independent Police Investigative Directorate considering an investigation


22 February 2021

Covid-19 grant is not enough, say activists

The extension of the R350 grant has been welcomed but it is insufficient, say civic organisations


15 February 2021

Muizenberg buzzing after Covid-19 beach ban lifted

Food vendors, car guards and surf shops back in business


2 February 2021

Police use pepper spray against Covid-19 grant queue in East London

Desperate rush to collect grants as deadline looms

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik, Mkhuseli Sizani, Thamsanqa Mbovane, Masego Mafata, Lloyd Dyongman and Marecia Damons

29 January 2021

Covid-19: learners risk a double blow as literacy projects struggle

Shifting donor priorities put library initiative at risk


14 December 2020

Covid-19 protocols are observed inside SASSA offices, but not in the snaking queues of people waiting outside

Social grant applicants spend the night huddled together outside in the hope of being helped


8 December 2020

Covid-19: Night vigil in support of principal who refused to open his school

Wesley Neumann’s disciplinary hearing starts


3 December 2020

“It’s fair to conclude that we do not have what is called a school” says principal

Department of Basic Education will miss its deadline for minimum standards in schools yet again


27 November 2020

Cape Flats women activists celebrated

Twenty women from communities across the city have been nominated for awards


25 November 2020

Tafelsig feeding scheme battles red tape

Tafelsig CAN provides meals three times a day to hundreds of families in Mitchells Plain and Philippi


18 November 2020

Informal traders say the City neglects the town centre in Mitchells Plain

The group says the area “reeks of defecation and urine”


17 November 2020

Court grants eviction order against alleged housing “hijackers”

Evictees say they were out of options


12 November 2020

Tensions reach breaking point in Franschhoek valley

There is a a decades-long battle over Boschendal housing

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6 November 2020

Covid-19: Excess deaths for second week running

But the current surge is not nearly as bad as July


29 October 2020

Education activists slam Mboweni budget cuts

Members of Equal Education picketed outside Parliament on Wednesday


28 October 2020