Nokubonga Yawa

Nokubonga Yawa has hosted Siyayinqoba Beat It on SABC1. She's was an activist with the Treatment Action Campaign in the battle for AIDS drugs for several years. Then she joined Equal Education to fight for better education. GroundUp is Nokubonga's first stint at journalism.

Nokubonga's stories published on GroundUp

Nearly a year since we told the story of the state of toilets at Joe Slovo High School in Khayelitsha, the toilets remain broken.
April 24, 2013
Following several reports published on GroundUp on the broken street light problem in Khayelitsha, particularly along Lansdowne Road, several social justice organisations protested and the City repaired the lights. In the last two weeks we have checked the street lights. While most remain on, there are signs that the situation is getting worse.
April 10, 2013
A memorial service was held in Khayelitsha stadium on 21 March for the victims of the Hex River bus accident on 15 March 2013.
March 27, 2013
For the past three years, education activist organisation, Equal Education, has been campaigning for the adoption of a policy called the Minimum Norms and Standards for School Infrastructure.
March 20, 2013
In 2012, 511,152 full-time pupils and 81,552 part-time pupils wrote their matric exams. The 73.9% of learners who passed either pursue careers or further their education at tertiary institutions. Whichever path graduates have available to them, most of them hope to fulfil their eventual goal of finding a job that will provide them with a regular and adequate income.
March 13, 2013
On March 11th, the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) staged a protest outside of parliament in Cape Town proposing a new memorandum aimed at improving relations between community members and the police that serve them.
March 13, 2013
High levels of corruption and fraud in the social grant system have been acknowledged by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA). According to a press release issued by SASSA on 20 February 2013, 10 SASSA offices in KwaZulu-Natal are being investigated for disability grant fraud amounting to R38 million in a case in which syndicates, some SASSA officials, medical doctors, and members of the public are suspected to be involved.
March 6, 2013
GroundUp interviewed Justin Peters, Cape Town Pride Brand Ambassador and PR Director on the Cape Town Pride Event which happened on Saturday March 2, 2013.
March 6, 2013
Should citizens be able to choose their MPs? This is the question that was posed by the "My vote counts" campaign yesterday evening at the Central Methodist Church in Greenmarket Square.
February 27, 2013
We asked people what they think of Valentine's Day.
February 13, 2013
Night-time and Khayelitsha looks a different place to a few weeks ago. The City has repaired most of the street lights in the township's major roads; it is noticeably brighter now. Last night Mayor Patricia De Lille joined a march organised by organisations who have been demanding that the lights be repaired.
February 12, 2013
Eight years ago Bongani Ndlazi started collecting old bicycles and making them new again. He has turned his talent into a business that puts food on the table.
February 6, 2013
Broken streetlights in Khayelitsha are at the centre of a debate between civil society activists, Premier Helen Zille, Mayor Patricia De Lille and several councillors responsible for wards along Lansdowne Road.
January 30, 2013
Mzukisi Lembeni is not only making himself for taking tourists on township tours. He also takes Khayelitsha learners on tours to places they would not normally go to, like the Two Oceans Aquarium.
January 23, 2013
Most Xhosa and Sotho boys in the Western Cape will go for their initiation during the festive season. We spoke to two.
January 16, 2013
Brian Makuyana is a leather craftsman who makes leather bags, belts, shoes and key holders. He is twenty five years old and originally from Zimbabwe.
December 12, 2012
Madoda Dyantyi, 37, has created a brand that many people can’t wait to wear this summer. In September 2011 he started selling Che Guevara t-shirts and that’s where he got the idea of coming up with his own brand.
December 12, 2012
Generation X is a hip hop group from Zwelitsha in Nyanga, Cape Town.
December 5, 2012
Kayla Kim Meiring is the founder of Fro, a company that started off selling vintage clothing but now sells Meiring's own homespun popular clothes.
December 5, 2012
Here are photographs of a Golden Arrow bus that crashed into and destroyed someone's shack on Mew Way Road, Khayelitsha.
November 28, 2012
We have previously told you about Khayelitsha's first coffee shop: Department of Coffee. On 17 November they had an official launch at the Khayelitsha Mall.
November 21, 2012
The future is looking bright for a group of Khayelitsha chess stars. They have been selected to play for the Western Province schools chess team.
November 14, 2012
GroundUp interviewed up-and-coming Cape Town fashion designer, Melissa Samuels.
November 14, 2012
The most famous popular soul artists have been quiet lately. But Zandisile Rhayi and Sonwabile Dzila are back by popular demand. This time with Zoe Nqose.
November 7, 2012
Over a hundred community members marched to Lingelethu Police Station in Khayelitsha on Friday demanding a greater police presence in high-crime areas in the township.
November 5, 2012
On 17 October 2012 Equal Education (EE) and its members marched for a better education system in South Africa. The march started at 15h30 from Hector Pieterson Secondary School and ended at Wallacedene community hall.
October 24, 2012
Bulelwa Mbomela is in her 60s. She is the grandmother of Phumlani Mbomela who is 19 years old. Phumlani dropped out of school when he was in grade seven and he never went back.
October 24, 2012
Baphumelele Children's Home is a home for children who are orphaned, abandoned, abused or neglected. It is located in Khayelitsha's Site B, Z section.
October 17, 2012
Radio Zibonele, a community radio station in Khayelitsha, organised a fun run for Khayelitsha residents on Saturday 6 October.
October 10, 2012
Mandla Mncayi lives in Du Noon in Cape Town. He lives in an RDP house and is a street committee member. Mncayi is, like many residents in his area, fed up with the way mobile toilets are collected in his area, which is called Site 5.
October 10, 2012
Sbu Jakavula is 14 years old. He lives in Du Noon township. He does not go to school. Instead he sells furniture from an informal stand.
October 3, 2012
Masiphumelele primary school in Khayelitsha is growing a group of promising chess players. The people driving chess at the school believe it has an important educational role.
September 19, 2012
South Africa's tag rugby team recently visited a township school, Masiphumelele primary school, in Makhaza, Khayelitsha. This was a very exciting visit for the learners of Masiphumelele, who only get to see the Bokke on television.
September 17, 2012
Earlier this year, GroundUp published a story on the issue of street lights not working on Lansdowne Road in Khayelitsha.
September 12, 2012
Umrhabulo Triangle is the name of ward 96 in Makhaza Khayelitsha. Former ward councilor, Thabile Maxon Ludidi, had to step down when he faced corruption charges. Now 34-year old Councillor, Danile Khatshwa, is having to pick up the pieces.
September 12, 2012
The High School Book Club, is based in Nyanga township at Oscar Mpetha High School. This is a new project started by Madoda Soko who is originally from Tembisa in Johannesburg.
September 5, 2012
Situated in the heart of Khayelitsha Velokhaya Cycling Academy is an unusual sight in a township.
August 29, 2012
Jump Start Music Academy is based in Khayelitsha at the Khaya Bazaar centre. The music academy started in 2010 and was the brainchild of Vincent Manzini.
August 22, 2012
This is a community swimming pool at Phillipi Cape Town. Entrance is R2 for adults and R1 for children. It is closed for winter.
August 22, 2012
Many drivers get irritated with the youths who, without asking for permission first, wash their windscreens at traffic lights.
July 25, 2012
Lucas Manya works at a stand selling building material in Makhaza, Khayelitsha.
July 25, 2012
The Grahamstown Arts Festival is world famous for its many plays and music performances. But there's a lesser known alternative festival which takes place along side it, called the Rhini Festival of Resistance.
July 18, 2012
The Constitutional Literacy and Service Initiative (CLASI) ran a camp for learners from different schools about the Constitution at the District 6 Museum from 2 to 4 July.
July 18, 2012
A memorial service was held for Phumeza Nkolonzi on 5 July in Nyanga.
July 11, 2012
GroundUp journalist Nokobonga Yawa explains how she travels to work in Rondebosch from one of Khayelitsha's suburbs.
July 4, 2012
Hundreds of people living in Site C Khayelitsha have been affected by flooding caused by winter weather.
July 4, 2012
Homestead is a non-profit organisation in Khayelitsha dedicated to helping street children.
July 4, 2012
The City of Johannesburg hosted a youth event on 29 June 2012 in Thembisa to create awareness on HIV.
July 4, 2012
A lot of party animals will know Barmooda Lounge in Observatory Cape Town.
June 27, 2012
The street lights on Lansdowne in Khayelitsha have not worked for years. After noticing a long portion of Lansdowne Road without working street lights, I interviewed people who walk along the road.
June 20, 2012