After spending much of his adult life in prison Mark Philander makes furniture in Hope Street. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.  Hope Street carpenter shut down

When it is late at night and Cape Town’s streets are quiet, Mark Philander’s faint hammering at his pavement workshop on Hope Street can still be heard.

Dec 18, 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Daniel Kalu from Nigeria earns a living in Cape Town by modelling and bartending. Photo courtesy of Kalu.Problems and prejudice face Nigerians in Cape Town

After two months in Cape Town, Oliver, 40, has decided to go back to Nigeria. Like many of his compatriots, he is tired of the work permit problems and the way Nigerians are treated in South Africa.

Dec 18, 2014
Tariro Washinyira
President Jacob Zuma. Photo by Eric Miller taken from Wikimedia. License: CC BY-SA 2.0.No sign of Zuma’s sanitary towels

In 2011, President Jacob Zuma made promises about the provision of sanitary towels to poor women. Three years later, GroundUp tried to find out whether these promises have been kept.

Dec 17, 2014
Pharie Sefali
A school boy walks through an empty field in De Doorns during the time of the farm worker strike in 2012. The Department of Labour is currently investigating allegations of child labour on one of the valley's farms. Photo by Kate Stegeman. R3.30 an hour: De Doorns child labour probed

The Department of Labour is investigating allegations of child labour on a grape and mushroom farm in the Hex Valley, outside De Doorns.

Dec 15, 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Fluoxetine, better known by the brand name Prozac, is used to treat depression.Empty medicine shelves of Gauteng hospital

Gauteng hospitals are suffering severe medicine stockouts. Here are photos that GroundUp has obtained of the empty shelves of a pharmacy in a Gauteng tertiary hospital. All the medicines shown (or, to be more precise, not shown) are used to treat psychiatric conditions.

Dec 12, 2014
GroundUp Staff
Nolubabalo Nkosi says she bought her dreads at a salon in Langa for R2,000 and had to pay R300 for the hairstylist to lock her new dreads with her own short hair. Photo by Pharie Sefali.Don’t touch me on my dreads

Anelisa Sonjola from Khayelitsha says that last week she was mugged. And robbed of her dreadlocks!

Dec 11, 2014
Pharie Sefali
After hitting rock bottom, Forty-year-old Lere Mosieane Mgayiya has become South Africa’s leading shoe shine entrepreneur.Who is behind the airport shoe shine business?

Lere Mosieane Mgayiya dreamt of being a pilot. But when that didn’t work out he started the shoe shining business that you find in every major South African airport.

Dec 11, 2014
Zintle Swana
Tenants at 194 Voortrekker Road Parow are angry at property manager or owner John Goodman for failing to keep the block properly maintained. Photo by Tariro Washinyira.Parow’s block of flats from hell

Immigrants who live in Goodman Close and Le Ruth Close at 194 Voortrekker Road Parow are fed up with the awful conditions they live in.

Dec 10, 2014
Tariro Washinyira
The late Edward Mabunda, Nomfundo Dubula and Zackie Achmat at a march to Parliament by the TAC on 14 February 2003 to demand that the Mbeki government deliver an HIV treatment plan.Unions should rescue TAC, says Achmat

Former Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) leader, Zackie Achmat, has called on the trade unions to come to the rescue of TAC which has been mired in financial difficulties.

Dec 10, 2014
Alide Dasnois
Gauteng Premier David Makhura called for a "reinforced fight against HIV and AIDS" on World AIDS Day, but his health department has been unable to keep vital medicines in stock. Photo taken from Gauteng government website.Life-saving AIDS medicine out of stock in Gauteng

Hospitals throughout Gauteng ran out of essential medicines in recent weeks, including a life-saving drug for people with AIDS called amphotericin B.

Dec 9, 2014
Daneel Knoetze and GroundUp staff