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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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
Police detain Zimbabweans for over 15 days 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. 22 January 2014
Organisation helps matriculants get into university 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. 15 January 2014
Zimbabwean kids detained after being smuggled into SA The parents and relatives of six Zimbabwean children and five adults have found themselves helpless after malaichas (their smugglers) were arrested for human trafficking. 11 December 2013
Police throw victim in jail with perpetrators 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. 11 December 2013
Cape Town’s last refugee processing centre might close Human rights organisations have opposed the possible closure of the Cape Town Refugee Reception offices on the foreshore. 11 December 2013
Tried twice for expired asylum papers: bureaucratic nightmare for Zimbabwean farm workers 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. 28 November 2013
Muizenberg shack-dwellers flooded out of their homes 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. 21 November 2013
Parow soup kitchen offers vital service to hungry and homeless 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. 20 November 2013
Angolan who grew up in SA risks being sent back 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. 5 November 2013
Daily grind of a Zimbabwean mother Nancy Muzembe, originally from Zimbabwe, struggles against all the odds to give her son a good education. 29 October 2013
Home Affairs continues to defy court order and refuses to serve new asylum seekers 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. 23 October 2013
Striking parking attendants allege they have not been paid since 2009 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. 21 October 2013
Citizenless Brian 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. 16 October 2013

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