Blind man walks 3km to fetch water for mentally-ill sister

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 by GroundUp

A blind man from Elandskop in Pietermaritzburg has to walk three kilometres to fetch water for himself and ...

“The flood took everything from me” – devastated victim

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 by GroundUp

The informal settlement of Setswetla in Alexandra bore the brunt of the flooding ...

Shocking: Children ditch school for illegal gold refineries

Posted on Nov 8, 2016 by GroundUp

Around the time most children start their school day, 13-year-old Moses loads soil into a gold refining machine ...

Tragic: Paralysed teen bitten by rats while sleeping

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 by GroundUp

Palesa has no feeling in her lower body and has lost the use of her legs. She was ...

Victory for spouses of farm workers following ConCourt judgement

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 by GroundUp

The Klaase case means women's interests must be taken into account before evictions can be carried out …

Man on mission to make the Khoisan language official

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 by GroundUp

Residents of Port Elizabeth were recently surprised by the sight of a man walking across town dressed only ...

UCT proposes higher fees for wealthier students

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 by GroundUp

UCT has proposed that only students from households earning more than a threshold amount - R500 000 per ...

Lack of money threatens Mitchells Plain dancer’s dreams

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 by GroundUp

A fifteen-year-old from Mitchells Plain wants to be a professional ballet dancer ...

Uncovered: How to ‘buy’ a driver’s licence in Jo’burg

Posted on Jul 1, 2016 by GroundUp

For a bribe of between R2 500 and R4 300, you can get a learner’s and a driver’s ...

The fine art of turning a rubbish dump into a thing of beauty

Posted on Apr 28, 2016 by GroundUp

What started as a simple project two years ago to replace an illegal dump outside their home with ...

Tragically high levels of foetal alcohol syndrome found in Saldanha Bay

Posted on Apr 5, 2016 by GroundUp

A study commissioned by the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) found that over 6% of children ...

Building a future, one letter at a time

Posted on Feb 12, 2016 by GroundUp

Priscilla Njamele walks daily from the foot of Signal Hill, to the Company Gardens, delivering mail. She loves ...

‘I was jailed for filming a police assault’ – Journalist

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 by GroundUp

A journalist recounts his experience at the hands of police officers who detained him for filming an arrest, ...

Senegalese man teaches South Africans how to make and sell crafts

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 by GroundUp

Seeing how many unemployed young people there are in Imizamo Yethu informal settlement, Moustapha Fall, originally from Senegal, ...

Living off vegetables from a dump site

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 by GroundUp

Like others in Sobantu township where she lives, 42-year-old Nokhukhanya Myeza wakes up at 5am and dresses for ...

Sweet deal for Kayamandi beekeeper

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 by GroundUp

Six years ago, Loyiso Mbete from Kayamandi in Stellenbosch saw a gap and struck a deal to buy ...

White boy goes to circumcision school

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 by GroundUp

Not even initiation school could separate two teens from Hudson Park High School in East London. Estiaan Swanepoel, ...

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