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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Raw sewage has allegedly been flowing into the Sundays River “for years”

Posted on Feb 18, 2020 by GroundUp

Raw sewage from a municipal sewage works has been flowing into the Sundays River near Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape, ...

Top achiever finally able to register at Wits thanks to generous donors

Posted on Feb 5, 2020 by GroundUp

Triphin Mudzvengi successfully registered at Wits University on Monday...

Domestic workers fight for national minimum wage

Posted on Jan 20, 2020 by GroundUp

"We buy in the same shops, we pay the same transport, so we must be treated like all ...

Gogo builds her own house after waiting for RDP house for 20 years

Posted on Jan 17, 2020 by GroundUp

A 62-year-old woman who ran out of patience after waiting for an RDP house for over 20 years ...

Parents of child who died after jungle gym fell on him want compensation

Posted on Jan 17, 2020 by GroundUp

The parents of the four-year-old child who died, apparently after a jungle gym fell on him in a ...

50 learners crammed into classes at Bishop Lavis primary school

Posted on Jan 16, 2020 by GroundUp

Community and school come together to instill “values” in children...

Nightmare start to 2020 for thousands of Cape Town commuters

Posted on Jan 14, 2020 by GroundUp

It's a nightmare start to 2020 for thousands of long-suffering Cape Town commuters, with Metrorail's Central Line and ...

Learners walk up to 9km on flooded NC roads, fields & damaged bridges to get to school

Posted on Jan 14, 2020 by GroundUp

Department promises emergency transport this week...

“We had no idea he couldn’t walk” – shop owner who refused access to child in wheelchair

Posted on Jan 10, 2020 by GroundUp

"We had no idea that the child could not walk," the owner of a Mitchells Plain superette who ...

Residents blamed for illegal dumping after 4 kids die from eating toxic discarded food

Posted on Jan 9, 2020 by GroundUp

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has blamed residents for illegal dumping after the death on Sunday of four ...

Heroic neighbour saves 3 kids trapped inside burning shack

Posted on Jan 8, 2020 by GroundUp

A resident of C Section in Lindelani, Durban has been hailed a local hero after he saved three ...

Watch: Quick-thinking Donkerbos residents save bakkie from blaze

Posted on Jan 7, 2020 by GroundUp

Residents of Donkerbos informal settlement in Somerset West had to put their shoulders to the wheel on Monday ...

City of Cape Town pollutes its own nature reserve – Milnerton lagoon “particularly disgusting”

Posted on Dec 18, 2019 by GroundUp

Two missing Cradock sisters have been found by police at a shelter for homeless people just outside of ...

Khayelitsha residents demand better facilities for sexual offences court

Posted on Dec 12, 2019 by GroundUp

About 30 people protested outside the Khayelitsha Magistrate's Court on Tuesday to demand a better sexual offences court...

Shop owner reprimanded by court after denying entry to wheelchair-bound child

Posted on Dec 12, 2019 by GroundUp

A magistrate of the Equality Court, sitting in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town, has reprimanded the owner of a ...

9-Year-old electrocuted by illegal power connection in PE

Posted on Dec 10, 2019 by GroundUp

The residents of G-West informal settlement in Walmer, Port Elizabeth, blame the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality for the ...

Nearly 200 homeless after Pietermaritzburg shacks gutted by fire

Posted on Dec 10, 2019 by GroundUp

"We could not stop the fire. Many of us were unable to save anything from our rooms. Our ...

Elderly couple rewards kind stranger with a meat business

Posted on Dec 4, 2019 by GroundUp

Two years ago, Thanduxolo Sixaka helped an elderly couple put their shack up again after the wind blew ...

500 Eastern Cape families only have 4 working toilets

Posted on Nov 27, 2019 by GroundUp

Silver Town informal settlement in East London's Mdantsane has only 10 toilets for 500 families, say community leaders ...

Students, teachers devastated after thieves steal musical instruments from Khayelitsha school

Posted on Nov 22, 2019 by GroundUp

This is the second time in a few weeks that the school has been robbed. Earlier this year ...

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