Articles by Thembela Ntongana

Luyolo land claimants to wait another three years for housing project

“For years people showed us plans for housing then disappeared without anything being done. Many of us had lost hope”

By Thembela Ntongana and Lucas Nowicki - 27 July 2020

Family left without breadwinner after methanol poisoning deaths

Six men from Masiphumelele died last week after drinking homemade beer they bought

By Thembela Ntongana - 8 June 2020
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Langa hostel residents say social distancing is not an option

City does not have money to upgrade hostel this financial year

By Thembela Ntongana - 4 May 2020
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Covid-19: “People are going on like there is no crisis” in Masiphumelele

“We are not ignorant as people say. We are forced by our living conditions”

By Thembela Ntongana - 21 April 2020
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Residents mobilise for new school in Masiphumelele

Parents unhappy with sending their children to Ocean View

By Thembela Ntongana - 1 March 2019
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COSATU calls for VAT increase to be scrapped

Union federation marches in Cape Town ahead of budget speech tomorrow

By Thembela Ntongana - 19 February 2019
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Load shedding is killing small businesses

“We are losing profits. Our clients are impatient and always in a hurry. They can’t wait for about two and a half hours.”

By Mary-Anne Gontsana, Thembela Ntongana and Tariro Washinyira - 15 February 2019
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“I am living and working for the next meal”

Khumbuzile Phakamile survives by selling empties to shebeens and trying to find gardening jobs that pay a pittance

By Thembela Ntongana - 14 February 2019
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Police chalk up arrests with anti-gang units

But civil society tells Parliament that an untrained and under resourced police force is failing communities

By Thembela Ntongana - 13 February 2019
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Axolile Notywala opens case against police for brutality

SJC general secretary is being prosecuted for contravening the Regulation of Gatherings Act

By Thembela Ntongana - 6 February 2019
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Court gives Hermanus occupiers till June to oppose eviction

Over 4,000 people now occupy privately owned land in Schulphoek

By Thembela Ntongana - 5 February 2019
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Woman can’t keep the dog that saved her life

Scotty rescued Nonzame Vuyi in a shack fire in Cape Town; now he may have to be sent to the Eastern Cape

By Thembela Ntongana - 5 February 2019
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Activist leader Axolile Notywala arrested

Residents of informal settlements demand sanitation in protest aimed at Mayor Dan Plato

By Thembela Ntongana - 31 January 2019
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Learners sit on the floor at overcrowded Masiphumelele school

“This community is growing every day and can no longer cope with just one primary school”

By Thembela Ntongana - 23 January 2019
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Belhar school houses overspill of learners in a tent

The no-fee school is battling to raise the tent’s R10,000 rental fee for next month

By Thembela Ntongana - 18 January 2019
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Families still without electricity, four years after fire

No electricity can be installed in wetlands, says City of Cape Town

By Thembela Ntongana - 15 January 2019