Lwandle: A mother’s story

36-year-old Veronica Lujabe lies on a mattress inside the Nomzamo Community Hall. Her 18-month-old twins play nearby, but their mother is tired. After 30...

“I don’t always agree with Malema but…”  

On Wednesday, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, Julius Malema, made his debut in Parliament. In between slating President Jacob Zuma and the ANC...

Low expectations for State of the Nation (version 2.0)

At 7pm President Jacob Zuma will give a second State of the Nation address for the year. The president will speak for the first...

Voices: The struggles and successes of SA youths

In 1976 young people joined together to protest the institutional racism of the Bantu education system. Hundreds died for the cause. This June, the...

Jobseekers pound the pavement in hope of employment

For South Africa’s large youth population, the number one concern is employment, or, rather, unemployment. Young people pace the streets, handing out CVs in...

“Staying in school has been my greatest challenge”

Given the sacrifice of the class of ’76, there is an expectation that South Africa’s born-frees will value education and become active citizens. But...

Drugs, gangs, and forgetting Soweto

In 2014, youth on the Cape Flats are waging a different war to those who died on June 16, 1976. According to the provincial Department...

A ‘Makwerekwere’ perspective on life and elections in Khayelitsha

I left my two kids and a house with running water and a toilet in Harare for South Africa, hoping to bring my family closer to financial stability.

2014 elections in Soweto: what did the unemployed vote for?

At the top of list of memorandum ‘X’ seem to be jobs, houses and better service delivery. UYANDA SIYOTULA visited various polling stations in Soweto and spoke to unemployed voters.

Voting day build-up: from apathy to excitement

Born-frees in Durban are ready for 7 May: whether they’re voting or not, they have opinions to back up their decision. RUMANA AKOOB hits the street to chat to some local youth and is exposed to a diverse set of views

7 year old kids talk elections

As South Africans head to the polls today, SAFIYYAH PATEL catches up with a group of seven-year-olds on all things election related. With less than...

Last minute saloon: What stands out in the manifestos?

In case you're still not sure who to vote for, we spoke to Ebrahim-Khalil Hassen, a well-known academic and public policy analyst. He is arguably one of the best qualified people in South Africa to offer informed analysis of the manifestos of different political parties. And he's also read a lot of them. PONTSHO PILANE spoke to him about what has stood out for him in the manifestos.

The Gentrification of the Bo-Kaap

Gentrification has become a buzzword that redefines urban spaces and communities. Areas such as Woodstock and Bo-Kaap have become largely commercialised, creating trendy hotspots in long-standing historical neighbourhoods. Some Capetonians are wary of the newcomers in their community, while others are struggling to keep up with the price tag of redevelopment. RA’EESA PATHER reports.

Is this the freedom we imagined in Soweto?

Soweto residents haave mixed views about whether we can celebrate freedom. They concede however that the day is worth celebrating because it commemorates a...

The freedom of the city

We are living in a technological age, a time when the world is getting smaller and more accessible to more people with each passing...

Q & A: Ayanda Khota

UYANDA SIYOTULA spoke to Ayanda Khota about unemployment in South Africa and 20 years of democracy.

Youth wage subsidy gets a thumbs up

The Employment Tax Incentive Act, commonly known as the youth wage subsidy, which came into operation on the first day of 2014, has been...

Cape Town’s unemployed speak out

In February 2014, the South African job market lost 118 397 jobs. According to the Adcorp Employment Index, it was the largest monthly loss in almost three years. Unemployment is rife in the Mother City, but citizens battle to understand why there are no jobs. RA’EESA PATHER reports.

Inside the ANC ranks in Eldos

The ANC rally in Eldorado Park was not popular as expected. Gwede Mantashe told the residents that the party still stands strong on principles of a non-sexist and non- racial democracy and assured the coloured community that their needs will be met.

Eldorado Park: Not so cold outside the ANC

While the ANC’s rally took place in Eldorado Park last weekend, just across the road, other residents carried on with their business as usual. For them it was just another day, Uyanda Sithole writes