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Phumeza Tisile, 23 years, at her home in Khayelitsha, South Africa on August 16, 2013, the day she celebrated her cure from XDR-TB. Photo by Sydelle Willow Smith. Caption and photo from MSF website.Phumeza's chance to hear again

News: A fundraising campaign has sprung up to pay for cochlear implants that would help former drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) patient and current activist Phumeza Tisile regain her hearing.

19 Dec 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Chilling at a pub during the festive season. Photo by Masixole Feni.Township residents complain about festive season noise

News: Some townships residents are fed up with the noise from parties and street bashes that escalate at this time of the year.

19 Dec 2014
Pharie Sefali
Taurai Mari says going to Zimbabwe at Christmas time depresses him. Photo by Tariro Washinyira.What immigrants do in the holidays when it's too expensive to travel home

News: Taurai Mari is from Zimbabwe, but he will be spending the December holidays in Cape Town. He has saved money to visit the city’s tourist destinations.

19 Dec 2014
Tariro Washinyira
Sadie Forman on Muizenberg beach about a decade ago. Photo courtesy of Terry Bell.Farewell to a lovable revolutionary

Obituary: Sadie Forman (1929-2014) one of the most unconventional, interesting and lovable fighters in the South African anti-apartheid movement, died on the morning of 11 December, aged 85. She spent the last years of her life with her daughter, Sara, in Lewes, in the East Sussex county of England. Her funeral will be held on 23 December.

19 Dec 2014
Terry Bell
After spending much of his adult life in prison Mark Philander makes furniture in Hope Street. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.  Hope Street carpenter shut down

Featured Story: When it is late at night and Cape Town’s streets are quiet, Mark Philander’s faint hammering at his pavement workshop on Hope Street can still be heard.

18 Dec 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Daniel Kalu from Nigeria earns a living in Cape Town by modelling and bartending. Photo courtesy of Kalu.Problems and prejudice face Nigerians in Cape Town

News: After two months in Cape Town, Oliver, 40, has decided to go back to Nigeria. Like many of his compatriots, he is tired of the work permit problems and the way Nigerians are treated in South Africa.

18 Dec 2014
Tariro Washinyira
Shacks in Site C Khayelitsha. Dr Geerts says we need an alternative to our current economics. Photo by Masixole Feni.Time for an economic alternative

Opinion: The old ideas about economics are not working and we are in an unstable period, where alternative ideas should be considered, tested and grown, writes Sofie Geerts.

18 Dec 2014
Dr Sofie Geerts
President Jacob Zuma. Photo by Eric Miller taken from Wikimedia. License: CC BY-SA 2.0.No sign of Zuma’s sanitary towels

News: In 2011, President Jacob Zuma made promises about the provision of sanitary towels to poor women. Three years later, GroundUp tried to find out whether these promises have been kept.

17 Dec 2014
Pharie Sefali
Rally in New York City to raise the minimum wage. Photo by Flickr user Otto Yamamoto. (License: CC BY-SA 2.0)Minimum wage debate: the old cheap labour system will get us nowhere

Opinion: The low wage argument is a red herring, argue Gilad Isaacs and Ben Fine in the latest contribution to the minimum wage debate.

17 Dec 2014
Gilad Isaacs and Ben Fine
Collapsed Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2013. Photo from Wikimedia Commons uploaded by user Rijans007 (CC BY-SA 2.0).Cape Town congress shows how Rana Plaza offers hope for workers' rights

Opinion: Rana Plaza was the deadliest factory disaster in history. On April 23 last year a shoddily built eight-storey building in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, collapsed.

15 Dec 2014
Terry Bell

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