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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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Limpopo grandmother walks 2km to beg for water

Posted on Sep 23, 2020 by GroundUp

“I am tired of walking around begging for water from people who have boreholes at their homesteads,” said ...

Foster parents distraught after not receiving grants this month

Posted on Sep 14, 2020 by GroundUp

(By Thamsanqa Mbovane) 6,000 foster parents in the Eastern Cape did not receive their foster grants this month. ...

Lotto millions meant for new facility used for “minor renovations to old stadium”

Posted on Sep 11, 2020 by GroundUp

An R11.4 million Lottery grant to a non-profit organisation to build a sports facility in Limpopo was used ...

“I want that something in between your legs under the undies” – Councillor accused of demanding sex for job

Posted on Sep 9, 2020 by GroundUp

She said she was shocked when Moyeni called her later. She said that he asked, ‘’Do you know ...

Day Zero in water-stricken Nelson Mandela Bay

Posted on Sep 9, 2020 by GroundUp

“We are in big trouble” says resident as dam levels for the metro fall below 19% - Day ...

Township parents build their own speed bumps to slow traffic

Posted on Sep 3, 2020 by GroundUp

Parents in Nkandla township in Port Elizabeth have built their own speed bumps to slow down traffic to ...

Learners miss out on vital school meals because transport to school costs too much

Posted on Sep 3, 2020 by GroundUp

For some learners in Limpopo, transport to collect food at school cost more than the meal itself.

Inspiring: Unemployed men make food gardening “fashionable” again

Posted on Aug 28, 2020 by GroundUp

“Today we sowed broccoli, fresh mint, and carrot and we have 25 plots on this land,” said Mbaduli. ...

Woman with concrete slab told her house is complete!

Posted on Aug 27, 2020 by GroundUp

About 250 foundations laid in 2014 still have no RDP houses on them

A day in the life of community health worker Katrina Jacobs: It’s incredible what she does

Posted on Aug 25, 2020 by GroundUp

From Monday to Friday, on foot, carrying a shoulder bag and wearing a mask and sometimes a visor, ...

The “war on drugs” has failed South Africa – Former ConCourt justice Edwin Cameron

Posted on Aug 20, 2020 by GroundUp

The prisons system is not equipped to offer treatment for drug use. And, despite the highly controlled environment, ...

South Africans forced to fork out R50 to get to town to collect R350 Covid-19 grant

Posted on Aug 19, 2020 by GroundUp

(By Bernard Chiguvare, Ruben Mukhakwedzwa from Nzhelele in Limpopo spends R50 to get to and from Louis ...

Poo protest: Dunoon residents empty toilets on N7

Posted on Aug 18, 2020 by GroundUp

South Africans shouldn't pack away their winter gear just yet, as disruptive snow and chilly weather was expected ...

CT celebrates closure of field hospital as Covid-19 cases drop

Posted on Aug 14, 2020 by GroundUp

In March, Khayelitsha was the first township in South Africa to have a confirmed Covid-19 case.

Old age homes & children’s havens on the brink of collapse as provinces cut funding

Posted on Aug 14, 2020 by GroundUp

Social workers in only two of 31 organisations in the Eastern Cape had been paid their subsidy. Some ...

Unemployed man fined for trying to get vital meds from clinic during lockdown

Posted on Aug 7, 2020 by GroundUp

“As I came closer and closer, an officer approached me and stopped me. He asked me where I ...

Vandals destroy school sports field funded by Lotto – “They only left stumps of goalposts”

Posted on Aug 6, 2020 by GroundUp

“Vandalism has been a problem at this school,” he said. “The school was broken into during lockdown. Criminals ...

Partially blind woman faces eviction from shack

Posted on Aug 4, 2020 by GroundUp

“Even if l can get an empty space to build another shack that will be fine,” says Mdluli. ...

Job cuts, lock-ins, and fear: Domestic workers suffer Covid-19 squeeze

Posted on Aug 3, 2020 by GroundUp

Many employers have been forced to retrench domestic workers after they lost their own jobs or income, or ...

Toxic herbicides accumulate in Camps Bay sea life

Posted on Aug 3, 2020 by GroundUp

Previous studies have shown that pharmaceutical compounds have been found in Camps Bay’s waters

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