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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
Lin talks to her assistants while sitting in front of her shop in Khayelitsha. Photo by Joyce Xi.We know how to bear hardships, says Chinese trader in Khayelitsha

Featured Story: Next to a small fruit stand and across the street from a hodgepodge of street vendors, Cuiyi Lin sits in front of her furniture store every day waiting for customers. She is the only non-African in the area.

19 Nov 2014
Joyce Xi
Study shows how HIV+ women can reduce risk to their babies

News: Pregnant women with HIV can take three anti-HIV medicines instead of one to reduce the risk of their infants contracting the virus, according to results of a study released yesterday.

18 Nov 2014
GroundUp staff
Mind Trix Media’s Bheki Kunene. Photo by Siyabonga Kalipa.Making a go of graphics in Gugulethu

News: Bheki Kunene started his own business, Mind Trix Media, in 2009 with just R600 and a computer. Today he has eight employees and clients across the globe.

18 Nov 2014
Siyabonga Kalipa
MIT Rangers versus Surrey Estate Rangers on Workers’ Day 2014 at Athlone. Photo by Siyabonga Kalipa.Scrum over quotas to transform rugby

News: South African rugby represents the “rainbow failure”, says rugby writer Mark Fredericks, and quotas will not help.

18 Nov 2014
Johnnie Isaac
Photo by Brent Meersman.Tokolos collective graffiti bomb Sea Point Ray-Bans

Brief: Guerrilla graffiti artist group Tokolos Stencil Collective struck again on Monday night, this time targeting Michael Elion’s controversial giant Ray-Ban sunglasses on Sea Point promenade.

18 Nov 2014
Brent Meersman
Khayelitsha Community at the launch of Small Claims Court. Photo by Johnnie Isaac.Small Claims court opens its doors in Khayelitsha

News: The Khayelitsha Community has been urged to use the small claims court to resolve financial disputes for amounts of up to R15,000. The court was relaunched on Friday. It was established in 2010, but never functioned.

17 Nov 2014
Johnnie Isaac
Photo by Casey West (Wikipedia handle) under CC BY-SA 2.0.Why we should support the new complementary medicines regulations

Opinion: It has been a year since regulations were published to protect the public from poor quality complementary medicines. The industry’s response has been characterised by obfuscation, denial and blatant contraventions, writes Professor Roy Jobson.

17 Nov 2014
Roy Jobson
A police Nyala drives through De Doorns after protests in January 2013. Photo by Kate Stegeman.Farm workers union Csaawu should be saved

Opinion: Csaawu is facing bankruptcy for supporting farm workers dismissed after the sector’s historic strikes in 2012/13 - arguably the strongest challenge to rural labour exploitation in recent South African history. This is the story of why it is important for the union to be saved.

17 Nov 2014
Daneel Knoetze

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