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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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Fundraising campaign set up for woman denied life-saving treatment

Posted on November 5, 2019 by GroundUp

Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) has started an urgent three-day fundraising campaign for Alem Bazabe Ereselo, an Ethiopian ...

Brakpan family terrorised & intimidated after laying rape charges

Posted on October 29, 2019 by GroundUp

Catherine Baloyi, a widow from Tsakane, Brakpan, says she and her family are being terrorised and intimidated by ...

CT homes flooded during recent rains

Posted on October 29, 2019 by GroundUp

Cape Town was hit by a deluge of rain over the weekend. Rainfall figures for October are now ...

Graça Machel’s daughter, Josina, speaks out about surviving assault by partner

Posted on October 24, 2019 by GroundUp

A better community response to gender-based violence and visible policing were necessary, South African Medical Research Council president ...

Thousands at risk, animals dying: 5 EC villages have been without water for 3 months

Posted on October 23, 2019 by GroundUp

Five villages in Tsomo in the Eastern Cape have been without water for three months...

Shop owner fails to pitch at court in discrimination case

Posted on October 22, 2019 by GroundUp

A notice to appear in court, served on the owner of a store where Liezel Haskin's son was ...

Disgruntled Soshanguve residents demand housing, roads and electricity

Posted on October 18, 2019 by GroundUp

Residents of Soshanguve Ward 26, in Tshwane, marched to the City of Tshwane's local offices in Block KK ...

Old age home occupiers demand housing

Posted on October 16, 2019 by GroundUp

A group of about 40 backyarders and shack dwellers, part of Singabalapha (We belong here), marched from Arcadia ...

IPID officials scramble to explain themselves before Parly

Posted on October 10, 2019 by GroundUp

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) presents its annual report to Parliament on Thursday...

Pensioners suffer under new SASSA system – long queues, no toilets

Posted on October 7, 2019 by GroundUp

Every month an elderly woman called Nanna (surname withheld) pays R70 for a taxi to drive her around ...

Rat infestation plagues Gugulethu informal settlement

Posted on October 7, 2019 by GroundUp

A filthy ditch of stagnant water, oozing with rubbish and even dead rats, runs behind the houses in ...

Wheelchair-bound woman forced to use toilet 1km away from her home

Posted on October 7, 2019 by GroundUp

When she wants to relieve herself, wheelchair user Nonkululeko Dziweni has to rely on two people to take ...

Pregnant cashier allegedly assaulted by customer

Posted on October 3, 2019 by GroundUp

Heavily pregnant cashier Zimkhitha Xhalabile was allegedly assaulted by a male customer in Shoprite in Strand.

Khayelitsha residents living in unfinished RDP houses since 2012

Posted on October 3, 2019 by GroundUp

More than 100 RDP houses in Khayelitsha have not been finished since 2012 and residents are living without ...

“Dead” KZN woman can’t get a job because she can’t get an ID

Posted on October 2, 2019 by GroundUp

Noluvo Mathumbu has been living without an identity document for 12 years after Home Affairs declared her dead ...

Elderly motorist doused with petrol in Dunoon taxi protests

Posted on October 2, 2019 by GroundUp

An elderly motorist arrived at the Milnerton police station "dripping petrol" after fleeing angry taxi operators on Tuesday ...

Furious North West residents bring housing project to a standstill

Posted on October 2, 2019 by GroundUp

Residents of Cyferskuil in the North West have brought a housing project in the village to a standstill, ...

Prisoner allowed to use laptop in prison cell

Posted on October 2, 2019 by GroundUp

Denying laptop infringed Mbalenhle Ntuli’s right to study, says judge..

INSPIRING! SA teen wins major photography award for rhino shot

Posted on September 26, 2019 by GroundUp

The Young Environmental Photographer of the Year Award is run by the international Chartered Institute of Water and ...

The village where women can’t afford to report rape

Posted on September 25, 2019 by GroundUp

Nearest police station is 120 kilometres away...

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