Monday, October 26, 2020

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Fikile Ntshangase, a vocal opponent of plans to extend the Somkhele coal mine, was murdered in her home on Thursday night. Photo supplied

Opponent of Mine Extension Bordering iMfolozi-Hluhluwe Murdered Last Night

A vocal opponent of plans to extend Somkhele coal mine, one of South Africa’s largest open coal mines, situated on the border of iMfolozi-Hluhluwe...
Stephen Gray dies at 78

Esteemed South African Novelist Stephen Gray Dies at 78

Stephen Gray, the South African novelist, poet, biographer, literary scholar, editor, critic and academic, died in Johannesburg on October 22 after a short illness....
Housing activists protest on to the green at Rondebosch Golf Club earlier this year. Archive photo: Tariro Washinyira

No Housing on Rondebosch Golf Club for Now

The City of Cape Town has granted in-principle approval of the Rondebosch Golf Club lease renewal, stating that the area is “not suitable for...
A hominin track in Garden Route National Park, lightly outlined in chalk. The track is 24 centimetres long. Charles Helm

New Fossil Tracks Belonging to Human Ancestors Found in South Africa

Around a hundred thousand years ago, South Africa’s Cape south coast was a busy place. Giraffes, crocodiles, hatchling sea turtles and large bird species...
About 150 farm workers and supporters marched to Parliament to hand over a memorandum demanding an urgent meeting with Minister Thoko Didiza on farm women’s land issues and needs. The march was held to mark International Rural Women’s Day and and World Food Day. Photos: Ashraf Hendricks

Farm Workers March for Land

About 150 farm workers marched from Hanover Street to Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday in response to the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform...

John Steenhuisen: “Extension of State of Disaster is a Blatant Power Grab”

CoGTA Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has once again extended the national state of disaster, which was set to expire today, justifying it with “the need...
Phumeza Booi Welisa runs the Hlumelo Educare Centre out of her home in New Crossroads to mostly assist children with autism. The centre was named after her son with autism after she struggled to find placement for him at other Early Development Centre (EDC) in the area. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

Cape Town Mom Couldn’t Find A School for Her Autistic Son. So She Started...

When Phumeza Booi Welisa from New Crossroads in Cape Town could not find a school suitable for her son with autism, she had no...
lockdown south africa thecon

Opinion: Lockdown Didn’t Work in South Africa: Why It Shouldn’t Happen Again

At the start of October, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Chinese government lauded South Africa’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Yet...
About a month ago, aspiring artist Njabulo Khuzani was reunited with his family after moving into one of the eThekwini Homeless shelters at the start of lockdown in March. Photo: Nokulunga Majola

“Not Everything That Came Out of Covid-19 Situation was Bad”

“Not everything that came out of this Covid-19 situation was bad,” says aspiring artist Njabulo Khuzani. Khuzani is one of the many homeless people...
A policeman stands guard during a protest by minibus taxi operators against a new bus service for Johannnesburg. Alexander Joe/AFP via Getty Images

Fixing South Africa’s Minibus Taxi Industry is Proving Hard: Tracing Its History Shows Why

The South African government has initiated a process to formalise and regulate the country’s large, yet informal minibus taxi industry, with a view to...