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

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.
April 11, 2014
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.
April 4, 2014
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.
March 28, 2014
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.
March 27, 2014
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.
March 18, 2014
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.
March 17, 2014
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.
March 12, 2014
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.
March 5, 2014
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.
March 4, 2014
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.
February 25, 2014
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.
February 14, 2014
Self-discipline and self-worth: Zama Dance school instils these much-needed values in children in Gugulethu.
February 12, 2014
Somali Association of South Africa (SASA) Western Cape chairperson Abdikadir Mohamed has established an English school project with the help of the Scalabrini Centre.
February 6, 2014
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.
January 29, 2014
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.
January 22, 2014
Three Zimbabwean men were detained at Richmond Police Station for over 15 days for being in the country unlawfully. The police were apparently waiting upon Immigration Services of the Department of Home Affairs to deport the men.
January 22, 2014
The South African Education and Environment Project (SAEP) started a bridging year programme in 2003. Young people from township schools are assisted with rewriting matric to improve their chances of getting into university, getting a job or doing other useful work for their communities.
January 15, 2014
The parents and relatives of six Zimbabwean children and five adults have found themselves helpless after malaichas (their smugglers) were arrested for human trafficking.
December 11, 2013
Talent Chikwanha alleges he was brutalized by police officers on 29 November when they mistook him for a criminal. He was in fact the victim of an ATM robbery at Fairview, Grassy Park.
December 11, 2013
Human rights organisations have opposed the possible closure of the Cape Town Refugee Reception offices on the foreshore.
December 11, 2013
The hardships and inconsistencies of the South African refugee system are illustrated by what has happened to Zimbabwean asylum seekers who work on a farm near Vanwyksdorp, a tiny rural town in the Western Cape, more than four hours drive from Cape Town, that is only served by gravel roads.
November 28, 2013
44-year-old Nomfundo (not her real name) says for the past 20 years she has lived in the informal settlement outside Capricorn, Muizenberg. She always dreads rain as it comes with the possibility of floods.
November 21, 2013
Louis Titus, a 60-year-old married man from Elsies River, was introduced to the Vineyard soup kitchen in Parow four months ago by a friend. Titus worked for the City of Cape Town for 20 years. He currently receives a R1,500 monthly pension. His wife is unemployed. Titus takes the food he receives home to his four children.
November 20, 2013
Jesus Espirito Do Santos has lived in South Africa since he was three. He is at risk of being sent back to Angola where he was born. Yet he only speaks English and Afrikaans and can’t speak Portuguese.
November 5, 2013
Nancy Muzembe, originally from Zimbabwe, struggles against all the odds to give her son a good education.
October 29, 2013
A decision taken in 2012 by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) to stop processing new applicants at the Cape Town refugee reception office has resulted in asylum seekers having to travel long distances at great cost to be documented and renew their permits.
October 23, 2013
Rene Mayinga from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is on strike. He claims his employer, Street Parking Solution (SPS), which won a tender in July 2008 from the City of Cape Town to collect parking fees in the CBD, has not been paying him since 2009.
October 21, 2013
What drives a 15-year-old boy to move to a neighbouring country on his own and without his guardian’s consent? Meet Brian Dlodlo, now a 20-year-old man from Zimbabwe who crossed to South Africa through Beitbridge Border Post as an unaccompanied minor in 2007. Brian has no identity papers. He is effectively the citizen of no country.
October 16, 2013
Property owners and tenants of Alexander Court in Parow say they are being terrorised by drug lords and sex workers who trespass on their balconies.
October 15, 2013
Over the school holidays GroundUp went to canvass various school children about their activities.
October 2, 2013
A Zimbabwean family has accused the police of negligence and human rights abuses after 29-year-old Arthur Padzakashamba died in custody in the Langebaan police cells. The family alleges that he was arrested when reporting a domestic violence case against his estranged wife after she had allegedly stabbed him on 6 September 2013.
September 25, 2013
Petro Nzazi (not his real name) and his young brother are refugees from Angola. They have lost their refugee status, and they are now left without any identity documents.
September 25, 2013
Several Social Justice Coalition (SJC) members who chained themselves to railings at the Civic Centre in Cape Town this morning vowing they would not budge until Mayor Patricia de Lille addressed them, were arrested and held at Caledon Square Police Station. They have not yet been charged.
September 11, 2013
A Zimbabwean woman, Faith Muchina (not her real name), 48, claims that officials at the Cape Town Department of Home Affairs (DHA) intimidated her into changing her application for refugee status to cite economic and not political reasons. As a result she lost her asylum seekers status in October 2012 and is now illegally in the country. She has now been in the country for eight years.
September 10, 2013
Ikapa Dance Theatre is a non-profit arts organisation established in 2007 by Theo Ndindwa, Tanya Arshamian and founding member Mbulelo Ngubombini. The organisation focuses on identifying and developing talent among children from the townships around Cape Town.
September 10, 2013
“The Arch soup kitchen was my second home. I feel sad that this is my last time to eat here. The loving, warm, dedicated staff, a guaranteed meal even when it is raining, makes the Arch unique from all other soup kitchens in Cape Town,” said Richard Thomas, a homeless man.
September 3, 2013
Zimbabweans in Cape Town who claim they fled torture at the hands of ruling party ZANU-PF say recent reviewing and rejection of refugee statuses by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is causing great anxiety and uncertainty.
August 28, 2013
Campus Protection Services at the University of Western Cape (UWC), Bellville campus, has been accused of negligence by five students after they were were assaulted in the early hours of 11 August by three men. The students -- four female, who have declined to be named for safety reasons, and one male, Sipho* (name changed) -- were returning to their residences from the Barn, a university bar.
August 28, 2013
Last week Thursday, Women’s Hope Education and Training Trust (WHEAT) launched a book called ‘Every Scar tells a story’. The book is the compilation of writings by eight beneficiaries of WHEAT’s first writing workshop, which took place in April 2013 in Kleinmond.
August 14, 2013
A Malawian man, Simon Phiri, 44, was attacked by three robbers in Masiphumelele, Fish Hoek in April 2013, on his way home from the shopping mall. The robbers searched his pockets, took his phone and money, then struck him with a golf stick on the head.
August 13, 2013
89-year-old President Robert Mugabe, who has been in power since Zimbabwe gained its independence in 1980, is set to lead the country for yet another five years.
August 6, 2013
“I am scared. The criminal who murdered my brother is still roaming the streets,” Nonkosi Nteyi told GroundUp, obviously distressed. “Worse, he is asking people for descriptions of each of my family members. Does he want to kill us as well?”
July 31, 2013
Jabulani Murire is a 38-year-old, married Zimbabwean man with three children. His family is struggling to survive after he became bedridden following a car accident while on duty.
July 30, 2013
The father of a Dutch family that has been living in South Africa since 1996 has been ordered to leave the country by the end of next week. The order came from Home Affairs in Cape Town. The family has been struggling with the department for 17 years to live and work legally in South Africa. Although the order is made against the father, it is effectively forcing the family to leave the country.
July 23, 2013
The Miss Zimbabwe Cape Town pageant was founded in March 2012 by a then 27-year-old Maynard Chizavare. He said the objective was to celebrate Zimbabwean beauty in a foreign land.
July 9, 2013
Clayton (name changed) is a Zimbabwean man who injured his leg in a stampede at the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) foreshore offices in Cape Town on Monday.
July 3, 2013
Immigrants who protested outside Kraaifontein Police station on Thursday 20 June claim that police officers assigned to the Wallacedene area yelled offensive statements at them. They also gave harrowing accounts of how they lost their livelihoods.
June 25, 2013
29 year old Prince Ikenna, a native of Nigeria who set up a successful salon and cosmetics business in South Africa in 2010, launched a new gospel album, "In his presence", at Salt River Community Hall on 16 June 2013.
June 18, 2013
Albert Kafuka heard his landlady's nephew shout, "I wonder why mum allows these ... sexual animals to stay in the house and bring in their dirty behaviours." Kafuka, who is gay, was then beaten up.
June 12, 2013
Somalis marched to Parliament on 7 June in response to xenophobic violence against Somali refugees. About 500 people participated.
June 12, 2013

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