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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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Leaked list reveals Lotto’s ‘dodgy’ beneficiaries – GroundUp

Posted on May 26, 2020 by GroundUp

The National Lotteries Commission has refused to disclose its beneficiaries. But Groundup.org.za found them

“I slept outside SASSA for two days with my child” – Desperate CT mom

Posted on May 22, 2020 by GroundUp

A notice at the entrance reads: “Dear SASSA client please be informed that SASSA Cape Town Local office ...

Here’s what various proposed models predict about Covid-19 in South Africa

Posted on May 22, 2020 by GroundUp

Estimates of Covid-19 deaths range from a few thousands to several hundreds of thousands.

South Africans turn to homemade brew as alcohol prices rocket in illegal booze trade

Posted on May 22, 2020 by GroundUp

People who used to frequent shebeens in the southern Cape, say syndicates have stepped in and are charging ...

Smokers fork out R140 for a packet of cigarettes in Soweto

Posted on May 16, 2020 by GroundUp

“Better a friend with a fag than a friend with a Lamborghini.”

Covid-19: PE clinic finally closes for deep cleaning after a nurse dies and 11 staff test positive

Posted on May 12, 2020 by GroundUp

Staff at the clinic have been demanding that they all be tested and that the clinic be closed ...

Gospel singer’s reputation redeemed: Police to pay out R96k for warrantless search

Posted on May 12, 2020 by GroundUp

A gospel singer, who was spurned by her community and branded a thief after an unlawful police raid ...

Covid-19: “I’ve lost six months of my income” says musician

Posted on Apr 7, 2020 by GroundUp

“The work that we do [as freelance artists] is like a day-to-day hustle, unless you’re a resident artist ...

Companies could be fined up to R1 million for profiteering during Covid-19 pandemic

Posted on Apr 7, 2020 by GroundUp

The latest regulations, gazetted on Friday, say a complaint must be laid by filing a notice of motion, ...

Covid-19: What happens after the lockdown?

Posted on Apr 1, 2020 by GroundUp

Those of us trying to model the Covid-19 pandemic should try to be humble; there is more we ...

Controversial “prosperity gospel” church accused of scamming members

Posted on Mar 26, 2020 by GroundUp

(By Tariro Washinyira) Former members of the Prophetic, Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries in Cape Town have accused ...

Covid-19: It’s hard to wash your hands when 380 families share three taps

Posted on Mar 26, 2020 by GroundUp

While South Africans are being urged to wash their hands frequently to protect themselves from Covid-19, hundreds of ...

How much does a Covid-19 test cost in SA? And how does it work?

Posted on Mar 19, 2020 by GroundUp

Both money and logistics are barriers to scaling up the number of tests for the novel coronavirus

How the Lottery funded an R8.5 million Facebook page

Posted on Mar 17, 2020 by GroundUp

A director of a non-profit company that received an R8.5 million Lottery grant has refused to give details ...

Almost 9 months after the army was deployed to the Cape Flats, what has changed?

Posted on Mar 16, 2020 by GroundUp

A resident of Hanover Park, McKay was speaking about Tuesday night when the army had been patrolling the ...

National Lotteries Commission refuses to release list of beneficiaries

Posted on Mar 11, 2020 by GroundUp

The National Lotteries Commission has refused to release information on beneficiaries of lottery funding because, says the chairperson, ...

Ethiopian shop owners in Diepsloot accuse police of stealing their goods and cash during raids

Posted on Mar 10, 2020 by GroundUp

(By Kimberly Mutandiro, groundup.org.za) Immigrant shop owners in Diepsloot, Johannesburg, say they are being terrorised by police during ...

15% of SA’s wealth is in the hands of just 3,500 people – Study

Posted on Mar 10, 2020 by GroundUp

South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world in terms of wealth, according to ...

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...

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