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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Pmb residents forced to fetch water from old tank in the bush

Posted on July 19, 2019 by GroundUp

Residents in Umkhambathini, Maqongqo location, in Pietermaritzburg have to fetch water from an old tank located in the ...

Rural community finally wins battle for school – after 20 years

Posted on July 19, 2019 by GroundUp

They have been fighting a battle for 20 years, but now the end is in sight for a ...

No water for weeks: Furious Umlazi residents take to the streets

Posted on July 16, 2019 by GroundUp

Residents used trees and stones to block several roads in the Engonyameni area near Umlazi, south of Durban, ...

Operators say new R15m taxi rank near Noordhoek is not going to meet their needs

Posted on July 16, 2019 by GroundUp

The City of Cape Town and taxi owners in Masiphumelele are at odds over a new R15-million taxi ...

Waste picker mom of 4 struggles to get her children to school

Posted on July 10, 2019 by GroundUp

Hundreds of thousands of learners across South Africa made their way to schools for the first day of ...

“We’re pleading for help” – Pensioner who lost family members to gang violence

Posted on July 4, 2019 by GroundUp

Pensioner Maureen de Vries lost her stepson and her grandson to gang violence, and also nearly lost her ...

Delivery drivers on scooters ‘risk their lives’ on SA roads

Posted on July 3, 2019 by GroundUp

A Tanzanian driver fell off his bike on the N1 near Woodstock and could not walk for two ...

Grieving granny recalls how grandson was killed by illegal connection

Posted on July 1, 2019 by GroundUp

A number of people have been electrocuted in Amalinda Forest informal settlement in the past three years...

Children help rebuild shack demolished in Cape Town

Posted on June 27, 2019 by GroundUp

Fifteen-year-old Awonke Tshemese says his family's shack has been demolished so many times that he and his younger ...

Baby dies after teargas is fired during CT protest

Posted on June 27, 2019 by GroundUp

An inquest has been ordered into the death of a 4-month-old baby after teargas was fired by police ...

Disturbing report: Fish caught off Cape coast are contaminated with pharmaceuticals

Posted on June 26, 2019 by GroundUp

The ocean around Cape Town is so polluted that pharmaceutical and industrial chemical compounds are accumulating in the ...

Sea Point police still haven’t returned keys of woman arrested while taking selfies

Posted on June 24, 2019 by GroundUp

A month after Esethu Mcinjana was arrested on the Sea Point beachfront while waiting for a job interview, ...

Cape Town storm: Informal settlements hard hit by high winds

Posted on June 24, 2019 by GroundUp

“I do not know how I will be able to rebuild because the crèche was not insured,” said ...

Shack dweller receives R18k water bill!

Posted on June 14, 2019 by GroundUp

The City of Cape Town is sending water bills to families in shacks, even though they get their ...

Mentally handicapped man dies after allegedly being beaten by cops

Posted on June 13, 2019 by GroundUp

Residents demonstrating outside Lingelethu West police station in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, on Tuesday demanded that police officers - ...

Raw sewage floods streets of Port Elizabeth suburb

Posted on June 13, 2019 by GroundUp

Raw sewage from broken manholes is flooding the streets of Wells Estate in Port Elizabeth. Residents say the ...

Parent fears for child’s safety after teacher is shot dead

Posted on June 12, 2019 by GroundUp

A parent at Masuku Primary School in Folweni, south of Durban, fears for her child's safety after a ...

Outcry after Green Point construction project excavates unknown skeletons

Posted on June 5, 2019 by GroundUp

Claims that a mass Khoi grave was being excavated brought a Green Point construction project to a halt ...

Granny’s 2-decades battle to correct error on her ID

Posted on June 3, 2019 by GroundUp

Home Affairs officials in the Eastern Cape are investigating claims by an elderly woman, who has been battling ...

Hospital confiscates passports, reports foreigners to Home Affairs

Posted on May 29, 2019 by GroundUp

The Robertson hospital in the Western Cape confiscated the passport of a 25-year-old Zimbabwean woman on May 19, ...

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