SANDF court ruling victory for rule of law

When the high court upheld an application by Andiswe Dwenga against the defence force last week, it wasn’t just a victory for HIV activists: it was also a victory for the rule of law.

Carmel Rickard

Analysis | 29 September 2014

How a group of Cape Flats women is trying to make their community safer

During the day, a group of six women from the Retreat area enjoy beadwork, looking after their grandchildren and helping the aged, but at night, they take on the streets in one of the most notorious gang-ridden areas of the Cape Flats.

Barbara Maregele and Katy Scott

Feature | 28 September 2014

New found passion for touch rugby in Khayelitsha

Khayelitsha learners braved the rainy weather to put in two hours of practice for their new found passion for touch rugby. For these primary and high school learners, bad weather is the least of their problems when it comes to playing sports.

Siyabonga Kalipa

News | 26 September 2014

Harare crime even higher despite urban upgrade

The recently released Western Cape crime statistics of 2014 deem Harare as one of the worst of 10 areas in Khayelitsha, plagued with increasing crime despite the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrade Programme (VPUU).

Mary-Anne Gontsana

News | 26 September 2014

The state of South African Sign Language

The last full week of September, which is Deaf Awareness Month, is the International Week of the Deaf. This year the theme is ‘Strengthening Human Diversity’.

Katy Scott

Feature | 26 September 2014

Why I am going to Sierra Leone to fight Ebola

It’s been a month since I applied and now it’s a matter of days until I go. I head to Europe for briefing before landing in Freetown, Sierra Leone next Tuesday.

Kathryn Stinson

Feature | 26 September 2014

Lwandle residents return

It is nearly a month since residents evicted from Lwandle in Strand returned to the land owned by the South African National Road Agency Limited, but they still face an uncertain future.

Johnnie Isaac

News | 26 September 2014

How Nedbank took the Radebes’ house and how they won it back again

On Thursday in the Gauteng High Court, judgment was given in a matter dealing with reverse mortgage schemes. These schemes have proliferated over the last few years as people with poor credit records seek out companies that are willing to lend them money regardless of their blacklisted status.

Claire Martens

Analysis | 26 September 2014

The boy from Masiphumelele who rapped for Obama

For some teenagers hip hop music means money, cars and fame, but for others, it has a much deeper meaning.

Zintle Swana

News | 25 September 2014

Swag is the new “˜ish’ in the townships

Many youngsters in the township are taking Swag style to a new level. GroundUp spoke to several young people in the township about the meaning of Swag and how they relate to it.

Pharie Sefali

News | 25 September 2014

Public invited to attend the final Lwandle hearing

The commission of inquiry into the Lwandle evictions has invited members of the public to attend its final hearing in Cape Town on Friday.

GroundUp Staff

Brief | 25 September 2014

Secrecy shrouds Blikkiesdorp relocation plans

Blikkiesdorp community leaders are demanding access to an agreement between council and Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) for the relocation of the settlement.

Daneel Knoetze

News | 25 September 2014

The week in activism

This week we look at a settlement on a land reform matter by Legal Resource Centre, a SWEAT dialogue to commemorate National Heritage Day, and Sonke’s call on government.

Thembela Ntongana

News | 25 September 2014

Big week for Bridges for Music

Bridges for Music has announced plans to build a music school in Langa.

Zethu Gqola

News | 25 September 2014

Braaing on Heritage Day: you may want to ask how that beef got to your plate

You probably wouldn't sprinkle antibiotics like sugar all over your breakfast cereal every morning, even if you were sick. There is, though, a good chance that you are in effect doing something similar today on Heritage Day. The steaks you are braaing, or the chicken being grilled is likely to contain traces of antibiotics.

Nicholas Ashby

Opinion | 24 September 2014

A Heritage Day celebration with Pollsmoor prison staff

‘My culture, your culture, our culture, one nation’ was the banner for Heritage Day in Pollsmoor under which prison employees, who come from many cultural backgrounds, celebrated South Africa’s heritage.

Johnnie Isaac

News | 24 September 2014