Articles by Marecia Damons

Cape Town centre offers a hot meal and a vaccine to homeless people

“We wanted to create a welcoming and safe space with a meal where people could have access to the vaccine if they choose” says U-Turn’s director Jean-Ray Knighton-Fitt

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13 September 2021

Users must check if a taxi is safe, insists Transport MEC after crash at Parliament

Taxi in which several children were injured was overloaded, unroadworthy and unlicensed, and the driver had no licence either

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8 September 2021

City of Cape Town defends its demolition of Green Point tent camp in court

Ndifuna Ukwazi says City by-laws cannot be allowed to trump constitutional rights

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6 September 2021

City of Cape Town demolishes tent camp, leaving homeless without shelter

Law enforcement removes people living near the Green Point Tennis Courts

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25 August 2021

Families want electricity bills from lockdown to be scrapped

Cape Winelands municipality battling to recover steep outstanding bills

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24 August 2021

Over 20 learners injured as taxi crashes into barrier at Parliament

It is alleged that the taxi was overcrowded and the driver and vehicle were unlicensed

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20 August 2021

Activists impatient with long wait for promised social housing

City of Cape Town says national government slow to release “well-located” land for affordable housing

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12 August 2021

July riots caused more than R100 million in damage to schools in KZN and Gauteng

Education department says this worsened its backlog on repairing over a thousand schools vandalised during lockdown

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4 August 2021

R350 Covid grant is too little and excludes too many, research report finds

Grant is used up on basic services that should be free

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28 July 2021

Life Esidimeni repeatedly warned health department, inquest hears

Former managing director describes transfer of patients by health department as “hurried”, “haphazard” and not conforming to discharge procedures

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21 July 2021

Life Esidimeni inquest will determine if health officials could be criminally convicted

Previous arbitration process found the deaths were not natural but caused unlawfully and negligently by government employees

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20 July 2021

Charges withdrawn against man accused of starting Cape Town fire

Representations by Frederick Mhangazo’s defence team convince State to drop case

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16 July 2021

Formal inquest into Life Esidimeni deaths to start on Monday

Families plan to petition for a memorial to be built in remembrance of the 144 patients who died

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16 July 2021

Food supply to 675,000 people cut off after Durban food bank ransacked

FoodForward SA closes branches nationwide because of insecurity

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14 July 2021

As many as 750,000 children have dropped out of school during the pandemic

School attendance is at the lowest level it has been in 20 years

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9 July 2021

This charity has been feeding Cape Town’s hungry for more than 80 years. Never have so many people queued for food

“The increase in numbers shows how much people are struggling out there”

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8 July 2021