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Portaloo cleaners and supporters from Siqalo informal settlement blocked Vanguard Drive on Friday morning in protest over not receiving inoculations against diseases. Photo by Daneel Knoetze. Siqalo portaloo cleaners protest

Protesting portaloo cleaners from Siqalo informal settlement blocked Vanguard Drive during rush hour traffic on Friday morning. They claim that their health is being compromised by inadequate protective equipment and the failure of their employer to provide them with inoculation against disease - a requirement of their contracts.

24 Oct 2014
Daneel Knoetze

News and Opinion

Photo by Masixole Feni.How a groundbreaking clinic is helping men deal with HIV

News: You enter the Ivan Toms Centre for Men’s Health via a quiet road on the side of Woodstock Hospital. Despite the modest surroundings that superficially look no different to any other clinic, this is a pioneering experiment in public health.

24 Oct 2014
Zintle Swana
Zackie Achmat.Police: the facts behind the Commissioner’s “good story”

Opinion: Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Policing should ask police management some tough questions, writes Zackie Achmat in the second in a series of articles on policing.

24 Oct 2014
Zackie Achmat
Mzawuhlalwa Dlala reads out residents’ list of demands. Photo by Masixole Feni.Residents march for essential services

News: The City of Cape Town has been given 14 working days to respond to a memorandum of demands from the residents of Marikana, Rolihlahla Park and Klipfontein informal settlements.

24 Oct 2014
Johnnie Isaac
Joe Slovo resident Nomvula Msimanga and 55 of her neighbours are challenging Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela claims that they are not the rightful beneficiaries of houses at the N2 Gateway development. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Joe Slovo housing spat continues

News: Joe Slovo residents have accused Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela of changing the criteria for housing allocation at the last minute in order to deny them access to new houses. But Madikizela says even “approved” subsidy beneficiaries should not expect automatic allocation of houses.

23 Oct 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Cllr. Ernest Sonnenberg.Liebenberg's argument is a straw man

Opinion: The City is not opposed to social audits, but takes issue with the way the SJC carried out its audit, writes Counsellor Ernest Sonnenberg in response to Professor Sandra Liebenberg.

23 Oct 2014
Ernest Sonnenberg
Bayanda Ganyaza (right) and Anele Magadla prepare for the South African and African championships this weekend. Photo by Siyabonga Kalipa.Khayelitsha’s young BMXers off to the championships

News: Four of Khayelitsha’s finest up and coming BMXers have been hard at work on the track for the past two weeks preparing for the South African championships this weekend in Durban.

23 Oct 2014
Siyabonga Kalipa
Zackie Achmat.Police: Parliament must ask tough questions

Opinion: It’s annual report season in Parliament, and the new Portfolio Committee on Police is finding its feet. In the first in a series of articles, Zackie Achmat has some suggestions for the committee.

23 Oct 2014
Zackie Achmat
Residents in Joe Slovo informal settlement, Langa say that they have been left homeless after they were not given keys for government housing at the nearby N2 Gateway development. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Joe Slovo residents “too young” for houses

News: Residents of Joe Slovo informal settlement, Langa, have been left homeless after they started demolishing their shacks under the impression that keys to new housing units would be handed over to them. The MEC for Human Settlements, Bonginkosi Madikizela, has said that the shack demolitions were premature and that many of the beneficiaries are “too young” to be prioritised for housing.

23 Oct 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Access to safe and hygienic sanitation is internationally regarded as a fundamental human right. Photo by Masixole Feni.Social audits and the right to sanitation

Opinion: Social audits are a valuable tool in implementing socio-economic rights, which is why the response by the City of Cape Town to the social audit of janitorial services in Khayelitsha is disturbing, writes Sandra Liebenberg.

22 Oct 2014
Sandra Liebenberg
Angry Ward 108 residents broke down shacks in Mfuleni in a battle over housing at the weekend. Photo by Masixole Feni.Mfuleni backyarders clash over land

News: A piece of land in Bardale was the site of clashes at the weekend when two groups of backyard dwellers from Mfuleni confronted each other.

21 Oct 2014
Johnnie Isaac
National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega was questioned by MPs on Tuesday about the botched firearms control system contract. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Police’s Firearms Registry contract probed by Hawks

News: After paying R340 million for a Firearms Control System that was not delivered, the SA Police Service has cancelled its contract with IT company Waymark Infotech. The botched contract is subject to a criminal investigation by the Hawks.

21 Oct 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Kathryn Stinson.Ebola: Journey to a quarantined village

Opinion: In her latest article from the frontline of the Ebola epidemic, Kathryn Stinson ​looks for answers in a quarantined village in Sierra Leone.

21 Oct 2014
Kathryn Stinson
Gerald Kraak in Amersfoort, Netherlands, quite soon after he had arrived there as a South African war resister in the early 1980s. Photo by Andrew Boraine and published with his permission.A tribute to Gerald Kraak

Obituary: Gerald Kraak (1956-2014), who was responsible for organising funding for many leading civil society organisations, died of cancer on Sunday night. Zackie Achmat pays tribute to his old friend.

21 Oct 2014
Zackie Achmat
Child playing in dirty water near the new Lwandle shacks. Photo by Masixole Feni.Lwandle residents to SANRAL: where are our possessions?

News: Lwandle residents who have been rehoused after being evicted from SA National Roads Agency land in June complain that their possessions have been lost or damaged.

21 Oct 2014
Pharie Sefali
Organisations like SWEAT and TB/HIV Care Association work together to ensure that sex workers get respectful, dignified health services. Photo by Masixole Feni.Getting health care to sex workers in Cape Town

News: Leigh Davids was born a boy, but when she was five, she realised she wanted to be a girl.

20 Oct 2014
Katy Scott and GroundUp Staff
A high rape rate is of deep concern to organisations working in Khayelitsha. Photo by Masixole Feni.Tackling rape in Khayelitsha

News: Between two and three rapes are reported every day to a single centre in Khayelitsha. And the numbers will probably rise at the end of the year.

20 Oct 2014
Mary-Anne Gontsana

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