Author: GroundUp

GroundUp is a community news organisation. We focus on social justice stories in vulnerable communities. We want our stories to make a difference. When we uncovered corruption at the Department of Home Affairs, the department investigated it.
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81-Year-old has waited 6 months for Eskom refund

Posted on September 17, 2019 by GroundUp

Mboneni William Masebe has been waiting since March for R1 000 worth of electricity units which he is ...

Relatives weep after SA man is shot dead during shop looting in Springs

Posted on September 6, 2019 by GroundUp

A man lay dead, wrapped in a silver cover, while his relatives wept in the White City section ...

Khayelitsha residents dig ‘grave’ for Uyinene’s alleged killer

Posted on September 4, 2019 by GroundUp

Khayelitsha residents who torched the house said to belong to a man who is suspected of killing 19-year-old ...

Devastated immigrant shop owner escaped through window during xenophobic attack

Posted on September 4, 2019 by GroundUp

An immigrant shop owner in Alexandra recounted how he had to escape through a window when a group ...

SA women do nearly 5 times more house work than men – Oxfam report

Posted on September 4, 2019 by GroundUp

South African women spend more than five hours and 20 minutes a day on unpaid care and domestic ...

“My RDP house has robbed me of my legs” – Eastern Cape woman

Posted on August 28, 2019 by GroundUp

"I curse the day I received it from the government," Nomvula Frans says of her RDP house in ...

Students protest against 80% attendance policy

Posted on August 23, 2019 by GroundUp

About 200 tourism and hospitality students protested outside the Eastcape Midlands TVET College in Makhanda, while about 60 ...

Concerned parents shut down dilapidated Tulbagh school

Posted on August 21, 2019 by GroundUp

Broken windows, no running water or working toilets, and asbestos contamination through dilapidated ceiling boards: these are just ...

63-Year-old woman has spent her entire lifetime without an ID

Posted on August 19, 2019 by GroundUp

"I am a South African. Both my parents were South Africans. But l have never had an ID. ...

Grade R learners told to avoid ‘unsafe’ school toilets and rather use the field

Posted on August 15, 2019 by GroundUp

Teachers at Mangelengele Primary School near Tsomo in the Eastern Cape are telling young learners to use the ...

Residents fume as ‘day zero’ hits Butterworth

Posted on August 14, 2019 by GroundUp

Residents of Butterworth in the Eastern Cape have been without tap water for more than a week, and ...

Relief for 80-year-old granny – Family of 6 doesn’t have to rely on her pension

Posted on August 14, 2019 by GroundUp

Mayor and government intervene to help Flagstaff family get IDs, social grants and a better home...

Flood victims in Philippi raise their own funds to help rebuild their community

Posted on August 12, 2019 by GroundUp

“City doesn’t send officials to help residents whose shacks are flooded, so we made a decision to help ...

5-Year-old boy in wheelchair denied access to CT superette

Posted on August 5, 2019 by GroundUp

A mom of three from Woodlands in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town, is heading to the Equality Court after ...

Dagga business opens up on N2 in Butterworth

Posted on August 1, 2019 by GroundUp

Members of the Rastafarian community in Butterworth have started selling dagga on the busy N2 from Butterworth to ...

Video of teacher hitting late learners goes viral

Posted on August 1, 2019 by GroundUp

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education says it will take action against a senior member of staff at Msimude ...

Company abandons R164m RDP housing project, residents move into unfinished homes

Posted on July 31, 2019 by GroundUp

Nophakamile Qongwana is 75 years old. Two months ago she moved into an RDP house for the first ...

10 Families left homeless after eviction from old mine building

Posted on July 30, 2019 by GroundUp

"I am so stressed and heartbroken. Since when has it become lawful to evict people who have nowhere ...

Over 1000 left homeless after CT informal settlement fire

Posted on July 30, 2019 by GroundUp

One person has died and over a thousand others were left homeless after a fire swept through Masiphumelele's ...

Frustrated teachers & learners close ‘rotting’ EC school

Posted on July 23, 2019 by GroundUp

On Monday, teachers and learners shut down Zanokhanyo Junior Secondary School in Butterworth, Eastern Cape, GroundUp reported...

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