Articles by Marecia Damons

Researchers call for full reopening of schools after report shows more than half of children miss meals

The total lost days of meals could be as high as 133 out of 211 school days


13 May 2021

Man arrested for Table Mountain fire no longer faces arson charges

Frederick Mhangazo came to Cape Town to study. He has ended up homeless and living from hand to mouth.


28 April 2021

Protesters call for CCMA budget cuts to be reversed

Workers coming to the CCMA for help are often told to lodge complaints online


21 April 2021

UCT fire: students tell how they grabbed textbooks and laptops and fled

“Some people didn’t have shoes on, others ran out in pyjamas”

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21 April 2021

Over 5,000 learners still not placed at schools in the Western Cape

Education department says many of the learners applied late


13 April 2021

Homeless people challenge Cape Town by-laws in court

City by-laws are unconstitutional and discriminatory says Ndifuna Ukwazi Law Centre


8 April 2021

Homeless shelter battles on as donations shrink during pandemic

OWL shelter hopes to benefit from Western Cape government plan to fund an additional 1,000 beds in the province


31 March 2021

Cape artists protest against lack of government support

The National Arts Council says R68.4 million has been paid to 512 beneficiaries as part of Covid-19 relief


29 March 2021

Call for Child Support Grant to include poor pregnant women

A study found that many pregnant women in the Cape Metro went hungry following the Covid-19 lockdown


19 March 2021

A Mitchells Plain mother whose sons were murdered joins march against crime

“Our children’s blood is flooding the sea. It feels like there’s no way out for us.”


15 March 2021

“I gave up when they told me that I wouldn’t be able to write matric without an ID book”

People who find themselves stateless in South Africa struggle to rectify their situation


15 March 2021

Domestic worker unions slam minimum wage increase

Minister promises catch-up to national minimum wage next year


4 March 2021

What makes a learner more likely to drop out?

Having to repeat grades is one factor, and Covid-19 made things worse, according to a new study


3 March 2021

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