Tariro Washinyira

Tariro was born in Zimbabwe. She is an activist and a journalist with a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA). Currently she is studying for a Community Development Degree through UNISA. After her graduation from CCOSA she worked for The Sunday Mail in Zimbabwe as a court and news reporter. She also volunteered and worked for several non-profit organisations including Scripture Union, AIDS Counselling Trust, Women Empowerment of Southern Africa and Girls and Football South Africa. She has a passion for youth programmes, HIV and AIDS prevention and girls and women empowerment projects.

Tariro's stories published on GroundUp

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Police fire rubber bullets in city centre A man was injured when police fired rubber bullets at a crowd of about a thousand asylum seekers earlier today at the Home Affairs Temporary Refugee Centre on Cape Town’s foreshore. Witnesses say that a nine-month-old baby was also injured. 27 November 2014
The long wait for a trading permit 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 November 2014
Zimbabweans can now stay longer for the festive season 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 November 2014
Fines, firings and written warnings thanks to Metrorail delays While Metrorail guards demand train tickets, a poor service leaves many commuters to face the consequences of being late. 20 November 2014
Zimbabweans afraid to go home for Christmas Zimbabweans whose permits expire on 31 December and whose applications for new permits have not yet been processed face a difficult decision about whether to return home for Christmas - and risk trouble at the border on their return to South Africa. 10 November 2014
How an organisation is helping immigrant children with disabilities It is not easy to raise a child with disabilities if you are a single mother and a foreign national living in a township in South Africa. Fortunately, there is the PASSOP Disabled Children Support Group. 5 November 2014
Home affairs tells asylum-seeking married couple to remarry Christine Ntumba is an asylum seeker from the DRC. And she’s in a desperate situation. Her baby, Aradi, is sick and cannot get the medical attention he needs because Christine cannot obtain vital documents because of bureaucratic hurdles. 31 October 2014
Peeing into a plastic bottle on the long road from Lindela Tapiwa, 35, was deported to Zimbabwe in August via the notorious Lindela Repatriation Centre. A few days later, he was back in South Africa. He told Tariro Washinyira his story. 27 October 2014
How I crossed the border illegally Every day, hundreds of Zimbabweans cross the Beit Bridge border across the Limpopo River into South Africa - some of them illegally. GroundUp reporter Tariro Washinyira joined them. 13 October 2014
New immigration laws here to stay - minister On Tuesday at a media briefing in Cape Town on the implementation of the new immigration regulations, Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba announced that the regulations will stay despite them having created much anxiety. 16 September 2014
The Greatmore Long Walk Project empowers young artists Established in 1998, and located in Woodstock, Greatmore Studios is a dynamic environment in which South African artists and international visitors co-exist. The studios have played an essential role in the career development of many highly successful South African artists. 11 September 2014
18 years documentation struggle with Home Affairs After 18 years of legal struggles, Mathijs van Hillegondsberg will meet the Department of Home Affairs in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday. Van Hillegondsberg claims that he and his family have been victims of maladministration and abuse of power. 9 September 2014
Police clearance is needed for Zimbabwean Special Dispensation Permit says Home Affairs Following the Minister of Home Affairs remarks on 12 August 2014 that a clear criminal record was a condition to qualify for the Zimbabwean Special Dispensation Permit, the Zimbabwe Community South Africa (ZCSA) said they have noted people flocking to police stations for police clearance. The ZCSA told GroundUp that in fact there was no need for anyone to get police clearance. Subsequent to GroundUp quoting ZCSA yesterday, Home Affairs has confirmed that a certificate is needed. GroundUp deeply regrets adding to the confusion. 3 September 2014
Zimbabweans form local study group Zimbabwean teachers and students sometimes find it hard to integrate to South African schools. Established in January 2014, Par excellence is a study group with teachers and 20 Zimbabwean students located in Salt River. They are mainly high school repeaters and a few primary school children whose parents could not get places for them in major South African schools. 2 September 2014
SAPS told to treat foreigners with respect The SA Police Service must “take urgent steps” to eradicate discriminatory behaviour towards foreigners and gay people, the Commission of Inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha has said. 26 August 2014
Confusion over Zimbabwe Special Dispensation Permit Some holders of Zimbabwe Dispensation Permits that expire in 2015 do not understand that all permits are expiring on 31 December 2014, and that they too need to make an online application by 1 October 2014 for the new Zimbabwe Special Dispensation Permit (ZSP). 22 August 2014
Gay and not free in South Africa A gay man from the DRC claims the Congolese community in South Africa will not rest until they kill him. Junior Miteo Kalonji, 34, wept hard as he talked about his life. GroundUp had to stop the interview three times when he broke down. 19 August 2014
Women who beat the odds: Lydia Ntonga Lydia Ntonga, 25, will not allow the loss of her eyesight to hold her back. With courage and help from Cape Town Society for the Blind and The League of Friends of the Blind she is determined to get what she wants from life. 19 August 2014
Zimbabweans welcome extension of residence The Department of Home Affairs has granted three more years residence to more than 250 000 Zimbabweans who applied for dispensation permits in 2009. 13 August 2014
Zimbabwean musician bounces back with AfricentiQ band Zimbabwean Afro-soul music artist Shamie Mabvudzi will release his first video for 2014, Haruwe, on 13 August. He has established his own band, AfricentiQ, made up of five men and one woman. Mabvudzi is also launching a website this month, which will enable people to buy and listen to his music, see the latest news, interviews and tour information. 12 August 2014
African immigrants experience a spate of raids and deportations It started on 16 July in Langebaan at Freeport block of flats. Immigrants were deported with nothing on them. Deportees, leaving friends and relatives behind, lost their possessions, furniture and money. Then on 31 July, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) raided a block of flats in Somerset West and Sholoza Villa in Kraaifontein. Immigrants who did not have documents -- mainly Congolese, Tanzanians, Malawians and Zimbabweans -- were arrested. 6 August 2014
Durban police refused to open a case for a Zimbabwean man A 38-year-old Zimbabwean man claims he was assaulted by a metro police officer in Durban and two Durban police stations refused to open an assault case. 4 August 2014
Tightrope walker says he was pushed off wire by city official A Zimbabwean tightrope walker and musician claims that a City of Cape Town law enforcement officer pushed him off his tightrope in April, and that Camps Bay police have failed to respond. 1 August 2014
Refugees lose security jobs Over 100 refugees and asylum seekers have lost their jobs in Cape Town’s security industry, following enforcement of a 2002 regulation. 18 July 2014
Former car guard gets his master’s degree Former car guard Albert Mpazayabo’s great regret is that he cannot use his new master’s degree in his own country, Rwanda. 9 July 2014
Refugees enduring prejudice twofold Junior Nsamia Mayema, 25, of Democratic Republic of Congo and Flavirina Naze, 32, from Burundi are refugees and activists. They have endured both xenophobia and homophobia. It has also been challenging for them to integrate with the South African lesbian and gay community. 27 June 2014
Anxiety grows among Zimbabweans while Home Affairs says do not panic Some Zimbabweans in Cape Town are asking how one can be patient and not panic when they have lost their jobs, find their bank accounts frozen, their children unable to go to university, and their work permits expiring. 24 June 2014
Family of 13-year-old take legal steps to compel SAPS The Makalakata family is concerned that a month after the death of their daughter, Tariro, they have not received the post-mortem results and there is no progress on the case. 20 June 2014
Zimbabwean man sues SAPS A 39-year-old Zimbabwean man, Samson Chifamba, is suing the South African Police Service (SAPS) for R300,000 in damages after an assault at his house at Asanda Village in Strand in January. 18 June 2014
Zimbabwean alleges he was assaulted by police A 40-year-old Zimbabwean man fleeing from robbers was allegedly attacked in the grounds of his home in Van Eyssen Street Parow by a group of Law Enforcement Officers last week. 9 June 2014
Was 13-year-old Tariro murdered? No arrests have yet been made after the death of 13-year-old Tariro Makalakata earlier this month. 28 May 2014
Youths farm in the City Bowl A group of young people mainly from townships are growing their own vegetables in the Tyisanabanye organic farming project on the slopes of Signal Hill overlooking the city. 27 May 2014
Home Affairs says it will renew special Zimbabwean permits Yesterday the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) announced that Cabinet approved the renewal of permits issued under the Special Dispensation for Zimbabweans. 21 May 2014
Mother and disabled daughter face deportation after going to hospital A 46-year-old Zimbabwean woman, Fortunate Makamba, and her 17-year-old disabled daughter, Alice Chitsuro, are facing deportation. Makamba arrived in 2012 after the Cape Town Refugee Reception Centre stopped granting asylum to newcomers. 19 May 2014
R100 a week for water - prepaid water meters forced on Parow residents Tenants in Victoria Court, who are mostly immigrants, are unhappy with the prepaid water system installed without their knowledge in April. They say they never signed a new rental agreement or agreed to pay for water on top of their rent. 9 May 2014
20 years later, Rwandans still struggling to reconcile Rwandan Hutu cousins, Hakizimana and Kwizera (not their real names), aged 30 and 35, believe the 1994 genocide story is told in a partisan manner, and they say the reconciliation and unity policy is government imposed. 11 April 2014
What immigrants think of SA elections GroundUp reporter Tariro Washyinyira asked immigrants what they thought of the South African elections. Some did not want to say anything, but others gave fascinating perspectives. The views expressed by the people Washinyira interviewed, some of which are racist, obviously do not reflect of those of GroundUp or Washinyira. 4 April 2014
Where is Sipho Ncube? A 31-year-old Zimbabwean woman who resided in Maitland, Sipho Ncube, has been missing since 4 March 2014. She is believed to have gone to Hout Bay for a job interview. She never returned. 28 March 2014
Evicted Soko African Market traders struggling to get back in business Two years after eviction from Soko African Market next to Greenmarket Square, former traders say their businesses have collapsed and they are struggling to survive. 27 March 2014
Ugandan woman abandoned in South Africa by the lover she met on Facebook A 28-year-old Ugandan woman, Lydia Mutuwa, who came to South Africa hoping to get a job to look after her children and ailing mother, says her life has become even harder than the life she ran away from in her country of birth. 18 March 2014
Struggling Zimbabwean author writes about the challenges of living and dying on the Cape Flats 39-year-old Zimbabwean Milton Jaure, also known as Rasmijah, is struggling to get financial support to publish his book of short stories and produce a documentary focusing on the challenges foreigners face when their loved ones die in South Africa. 17 March 2014
Immigrants apparently unaware of new laws as government tightens up on permits Immigrants in Cape Town might lose their livelihoods if the new regulations to the 2011 Immigration Amendment Act published in the Government Gazette on 14 February 2014 comes into effect. 12 March 2014
Alleged discrimination against foreign children in the Techno Girl programme A Zimbabwean woman, Sandra Chinyanga, is unhappy because her daughter was dropped from the Techno Girl Programme after three years of consistent participation. Now she has been told that her daughter should never have been allowed to join the programme, because she is an immigrant. 5 March 2014
Ugandans in South Africa unhappy with anti-gay law Uganda’s brutal new anti-gay law puts Dembe Ainebyona (not her real name) in a difficult situation because she may never see her country of birth again. 4 March 2014
Refugee facing arrest in Congo ordered to leave SA A 47 year old Congo-Brazzaville man has been told to leave South Africa though there is a search warrant (avis de recherche) out for him in his own country. 25 February 2014
Rights organisations contest reasons for Home Affairs directive Director General of Home Affairs, Mkuseli Apleni, has given reasons why no new asylum seekers will be accepted at the Refugee Reception Office (RRO) in Cape Town. 14 February 2014
Gugs dance school gives children self-worth Self-discipline and self-worth: Zama Dance school instils these much-needed values in children in Gugulethu. 12 February 2014
Somali community run school to learn English Somali Association of South Africa (SASA) Western Cape chairperson Abdikadir Mohamed has established an English school project with the help of the Scalabrini Centre. 6 February 2014
Lawyer to Home Affairs: treatment of asylum seekers is irresponsible, hard-hearted, incompetent Hundreds of asylum seekers who have been living in Cape Town for more than five years and have renewed their documents more than twelve times are now undocumented. They may lose their work. They no longer have access to health, education, and bank accounts. And they are vulnerable to arrest, detention and deportation. 29 January 2014
Home Affairs violates court order - man arrested despite effort to be lawful A 21-year-old Somali man, Ibrahim Abdulkhadir from Malmesbury, was turned away from the Cape Town Refugee Reception Offices (RRO) on 5 July 2012 and denied an opportunity to collect his asylum document and legalise his stay in the country. 22 January 2014

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