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The “Corner Market” in Zwezwe, Khayelitsha. Photo by Joyce Xi.Running a vegetable shop from a wheelchair

News: Lulamile Witbooi lost his legs in a train accident in 1991. Today he runs the “Corner Market”, a thriving fruit and vegetable shop in Zwezwe, Khayelitsha.

26 Nov 2014
Joyce Xi
Photo by Giorgos Moutafis. Courtesy of Medecins Sans Frontieres.“You see yourself vanishing and you think: I’m going to die”

Featured Story: Andaleeb Rinquest remembers the moment she accepted, with certainty, the imminence of her own death.

26 Nov 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Angy Peter outside the Cape High Court earlier this year. Photo by Johnnie Isaac.Sentence hearing for Angy Peter begins

News: This week, witnesses began testifying in the sentencing hearing of Angy Peter, Isaac Mbadu, Azola Dayimani and Christopher Dina.

25 Nov 2014
Johnnie Isaac
Informal traders wait at Fezeka Municipal offices. Photo by Tariro Washinyira.The long wait for a trading permit

News: At least 40 Zimbabwean informal traders fear they may lose their livelihoods after delays in getting informal trading permits from Fezeka City Council offices in Gugulethu.

25 Nov 2014
Tariro Washinyira
Lumka and Zamantungwa Mdingi. Photo by Johnnie Isaac.Dead man left to “cook” in sun for hours

News: Mahlubandile Mdingi lay dead for seven hours on a street corner in Bardale extension, Mfuleni, before the health department’s pathology services took his body away.

25 Nov 2014
Johnnie Isaac and GroundUp staff
Workers at E&T Meyer Droë  Heuwel accuse Edgar Meyer of physically and verbally abusing them. Photo by Thembela Ntongana.Abuse allegations against Philippi farmer

News: Thirteen workers from a farm in Philippi have accused their employer of contract breaches, unfair dismissal and abuse. But farm owner Edgar Meyer denies the allegations, and says that the proper dismissal process was followed.

24 Nov 2014
Thembela Ntongana
Ricardo Vermeulen, who has recovered from drug addiction, works at the soup kitchen. Photo by Katy Scott.Amidst acrimony, Somerset West soup kitchen to be replaced by transport hub

News: The Helderberg Street People’s Centre (HSPC), a soup kitchen for the poor in Somerset West, has been given notice by the City to quit its premises by 31 January 2015.

24 Nov 2014
Katy Scott
Terry Bell.Trade union supported political parties: lessons to be learned

Opinion: Learning from the mistakes of others, and being aware of the basis of those mistakes, helps us not to repeat the same errors. This is something to which those individuals, groups and unions now agitating to move South Africa onto a new political trajectory via a trade union supported political party would do well to pay heed.

24 Nov 2014
Terry Bell
Gcinikhaya Ngqaqu, the legal adviser for shackdwellers at Erf 149 in Philippi, explains to residents the High Court decision to postpone an eviction application by the landowner of the plot which they occupied in August this year. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Court orders City to conduct census of Marikana

News: On Thursday, residents of Marikana informal settlement’s Rolihlahla Park section welcomed a Western Cape High Court postponement of an eviction hearing. The court ordered that the City of Cape Town compile an audit of the households living on the erf in question to determine who will need emergency temporary accommodation if an eviction order is granted.

21 Nov 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. Photo by Thembela Ntongana.Zimbabweans can now stay longer for the festive season

News: On Thursday, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced that Zimbabweans intending to travel home for the festive season will be able to do so even if their permits have not been issued.

21 Nov 2014
Tariro Washinyira
Umkwetha singing. Photo by Masixole Feni.Urban initiates: are the teachings still relevant?

News: In many African cultures, boys from age 14 must go through the process of initiation, where they are circumcised in order to be recognized as men by the community. But how relevant is the ceremony for today’s urban youth and are the traditions being upheld in the cities?

20 Nov 2014
Pharie Sefali
(from left to right) Joan van Niekerk, president of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Bathabile Dlamini Minister of Social Development and Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, Deputy Minister of Social Development at the launch of the SA Child Gauge 2014. Photo by Mary-Anne Gontsana.Prevention strategies the key to curbing violence against children

News: “South Africa has no national statistics on violence against children,” says Shanaaz Mathews, director of the Children's Institute at the University of Cape Town. In the absence of statistics, the South African Child Gauge looks at community-based studies. The 9th issue was launched in Pretoria on Tuesday.

20 Nov 2014
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Metrorail has been struggling with cable theft and delays. Photo by Masixole Feni.Fines, firings and written warnings thanks to Metrorail delays

News: While Metrorail guards demand train tickets, a poor service leaves many commuters to face the consequences of being late.

20 Nov 2014
Tariro Washinyira and Zintle Swana
Photo courtesy of Zama Dance School.Dancing to a better future

News: Dance is fast becoming a tool used for building confidence and self-expression among kids. Zethu Gqola looks at some of the top township-based dance schools that have for years provided a supportive space for children.

20 Nov 2014
Zethu Gqola
Kathryn Stinson.Ebola: the difficult return from the front

Opinion: The health care workers who put their lives at risk to fight Ebola should be honoured, not quarantined, writes Kathryn Stinson, who recently returned from Sierra Leone.

20 Nov 2014
Kathryn Stinson
Winter in Khayelitsha. Photo by Phumeza Mlungwana.Link between poor housing, traffic deaths and education outcomes

News: The 7th annual Irene Grootboom Memorial Dialogues, which explore the continuation of Cape Town’s “spatial apartheid”, are underway. On Tuesday night, the focus was on the spate of shack evictions around the city this year, and the correlation between poor, densely populated areas and traffic deaths and education outcomes.

19 Nov 2014
Daneel Knoetze

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