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#WorldWaterDay: How water shortage in Cape Town is affecting residents in informal settlements

by: Onele Liwani - 22 March 2017

#WorldWaterDay: How water shortage in Cape Town is affecting residents in informal settlements

Dam levels in Cape Town have been desperately low over the past few months with the city enacting water restrictions and fines for people found to be wasting water. For #WorldWaterDay I wanted to see how the water shortages are affecting the most vulnerable people in the city, the poor. I visited two areas, Marikana...

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Four artists protest the lack of transformation at the Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 20 March 2017

Four artists protest the lack of transformation at the Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards

Award shows have become a platform for artists to voice their frustrations about their respective industries. Remember Riky Rick at the Metro FM Awards? Adele at the Grammys, and and and? Four Cape Town-based artists Mamela Nyamza, Chuma Sopotela, Buhlebezwe Siwani and Zikhona Jacobs joined the list of those artists during last night’s 52nd Fleur...

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Meet the young woman lobbying for a second police station in SA’s murder capital, Nyanga

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 14 March 2017

Meet the young woman lobbying for a second police station in SA’s murder capital, Nyanga

“I’m not an activist,” says the soft-spoken Nelisa Ngqulana, as she sits on the couch of her living room in Fish Hoek. “I think of it as, if there’s an issue, I respond as an active citizen.” She may not consider herself an activist but her petition for a second police station in South Africa’s...

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Cape Town activist on how young people can hold the government accountable on the issue of sanitation

by: Ziyanda Stuurman - 9 March 2017

Cape Town activist on how young people can hold the government accountable on the issue of sanitation

Wiseman Mpepo is a young activist from Monwabisi Park in Khayelitsha. He works with the Social Justice Coalition to keep the City of Cape Town accountable. In this video, he explains to us why the issue of access to proper sanitation is so important to him and his community. RELATED: Young photographer’s hard-hitting exposé on Cape...

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Up-and-coming author reads an eloquent excerpt from his upcoming book

by: Live Staff - 9 March 2017

Up-and-coming author reads an eloquent excerpt from his upcoming book

Rofhiwa Maneta, a writer based in Cape Town is releasing his self-published book at the end of the month. The book will be called Metanoia, and is a collection of short stories Rofhiwa, who’s originally from Jozi, wrote since moving to Cape Town in 2014. “Initially the book was meant to be a sacrilegious bible...

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Cape Town Electronic Music Festival 2017 in pictures: YoungstaCPT, Zaki Ibrahim, Moonchild and more

by: Onele Liwani - 14 February 2017

Cape Town Electronic Music Festival 2017 in pictures: YoungstaCPT, Zaki Ibrahim, Moonchild and more

Last weekend the 6th annual Cape Town Electronic Music Festival was held at Cape Town’s City Hall. I attended two days of the 3-day festival. This was my third time at CTEMF, and this year’s was the littest I have experienced. With acts such as Stab Virus, Zaki Ibrahim, YoungstaCPT and Dilo Xclusiv, among others, I found myself...

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Patty Monroe displays vulnerability and versatility on her debut album

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 8 February 2017

Patty Monroe displays vulnerability and versatility on her debut album

The Cape Town rapper Patty Monroe was “Killing it” in 2016. Not only did this collaborative single with Uganda’s Bebe Cool, get voted number 1 on the #AfricanCollabos fan poll, but she performed in Kenya and Uganda – her first gigs outside South Africa. But if 2016 proved she could rap with the best of them, 2017...

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Cape Town photographer captures love on the streets in powerful new exhibition

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 8 February 2017

Cape Town photographer captures love on the streets in powerful new exhibition

Love is the universal truth that connects us all. We fall in and out of it, feel the butterflies in our stomach and the stabs of jealousy in our gut, whether we live comfortably in the suburbs or sleep rough on the streets. That’s the message behind Noncedo Mathibela’s new exhibition, To Love or Not...

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This is why this Cape Town rapper is performing in people’s bedrooms

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 1 February 2017

This is why this Cape Town rapper is performing in people’s bedrooms

A petite rapper and her three-piece band perform in front of an intimate audience of about 20 people in a house in Kloof Nek Street, Cape Town. She raps and sings about personal issues like still living in her mother’s tiny flat at 25, having male friends wanting to get into her pants even though...

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An open letter to Helen Zille on her offensive tweet about the people of Nyanga

by: Teboho Makhetha - 9 December 2016

An open letter to Helen Zille on her offensive tweet about the people of Nyanga

Dear Madam Premier, Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Teboho Makhetha, and I was born in Eastern Cape in a small town called Matatiele. I moved to Cape Town in 2011 for work purposes, and I’ve been living here since. What triggered me to write to you is the tweet below sent from...

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