Western Cape

Cape Town residents gather to collect water at a spring with makshift spigots ear Table Mountain. It's one of dozens of open springs across the city where residents come to collect extra water to add to their meager daily quota of 13 gallons.

In drought-stricken Cape Town, parched residents gather at a watering hole


A natural spring in the shadow of Cape Town’s Table Mountain provides a measure of relief — and a new pop-up community — for drought-strapped residents.

Saya Pierce-Jones records a recent report on Cape Town's water crisis for Smile 90.4FM radio. In more than a year on the full-time water beat, Pierce-Jones helped listeners understand the roots of the crisis and find ways to dramatically cut their water u

Journalist on water beat helped Cape Town avoid ‘Day Zero’

People queued to collect water as fears over the city's water crisis grew earlier this year in Cape Town, South Africa.

‘Day Zero’ has been postponed, but Cape Town is still scrambling to deal with its water crisis

Protesters atop a police van in Cape Town last month

Students in South Africa vow to keep protesting over tuition fees

Students march at Stellenbosch University earlier this year

A South African university sheds the language of apartheid


Three lessons from my year reporting on a South African high school

Development & Education

When reporter Anders Kelto embedded himself in a South African high school for a year, he expected to learn a lot from the experience. But there were several lessons he didn’t anticipate.


School Year Blog: South African high school students learn radio reporting

Development & Education

Over the past year, reporter Anders Kelto has profiled a public high school in Cape Town. Now, he’s not the only one asking questions and holding a microphone.


When graduating from high school, even top students need guidance

Development & Education

At the beginning of her senior year in high school, a South African student had big dreams. But by the end of the year, she was forced to reconsider her future.

Sugar Daddies Animated Film

This is why South African schoolgirls say ‘yes’ to sex with sugar daddies

Development & Education

For years, high schools in South Africa have warned female students about the risks of dating older men. But for one girl in poverty, it is hard to say “no” to a sugar daddy.

Video: Those in Cape Town celebrate Mandela’s life

Global Politics

On Friday morning, about a hundred people gathered outside Cape Town City Hall to pay tribute to former South African president, and beloved icon, Nelson Mandela.