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Marianne Merten

Marianne Merten

    On foot between the shacks
    On foot between the shacks
    It's early on Saturday night, and volunteers are topping up their cellphone airtime before setting out to patrol Khayelitsha's toughest areas.Together with a handful of police officers and reservists, the volunteers will weave their way on foot from around 7pm to 1am through the...
    A victim of its own success
    A victim of its own success
    The Western Cape province is a victim of its own success. Blessed with scenic beauty and an upwardly mobile economy (the growth rate last year was...
    Operation Ozinsky
    Operation Ozinsky
    Max Ozinsky, widely credited with being the strategic mastermind behind the Western Cape African National Congress, is weary of attracting...
    Tension in the house
    Tension in the house
    The Western Cape African National Congress is pushing for a greater say in the provincial government in a direct challenge to Premier Ebrahim...
    Field of dreams
    Field of dreams
    Small-scale black farmers in the southern Cape are locked in battles over access to municipal commonage as councils fetch top prices for land amid...
    Zille told to reform mayoral committee
    Zille told to reform mayoral committee
    Western Cape local government minister Richard Dyantyi has ordered Cape Town mayor Helen Zille to reconstitute her mayoral committee to include her...
    'Meddling could spark crisis'
    'Meddling could spark crisis'
    Intervention in Cape Town’s affairs by the African National Congress-led Western Cape government would trigger a constitutional crisis,...
    Evidence in Goldin murder points to more than theft
    Evidence in Goldin murder points to more than theft
    Uncertainty continues to shroud the motives of the killers of actor Brett Goldin and designer Richard Bloom -- but experts doubt that it was part...
    Cape Town turmoil: Province steps in
    Cape Town turmoil: Province steps in
    The Western Cape government is taking seriously a request by African National Congress councillors to have Cape Town placed under provincial...
    Gang boss gets hero's burial
    Gang boss gets hero's burial
    He may have been the boss of a powerful street gang, but Gavin Atkins was buried like a community leader.
    Buthelezi entrenches himself
    Buthelezi entrenches himself
    Inkatha Freedom Party president Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s decision to subject his leadership to scrutiny, at a hastily convened special...
    I have to be Godzille
    I have to be Godzille
    Cape Town mayor Helen Zille believes she can’t afford to be a shrinking violet. She has sought to stamp her authority on a precariously...