Nolufefe Mhlangeni lost her home and possessions in Sunday morning's fire in Masiphumelele. Photo by Thembela Ntongana."My only thought was: I don't want to die"

Nolufefe Mhlangeni lost her mother and her two-year-old daughter in a fire in Masiphumelele in 2013. On Sunday, she lost her home.

Nov 30, 2015
Thembela Ntongana
Vuyisile and Nomveliso Rululu are pleased after being paid out a disputed insurance policy. Photo by Siyavuya Khaya.Bereaved Khayelitsha family wins insurance battle

Nomveliso Rululu says she wept with relief last Friday when she received a pay-out of R10,000 from Emerald Life to cover the funeral costs of her disabled teenage daughter.

Nov 30, 2015
Siyavuya Khaya
TAC TB protest from several years ago. Photo from TAC website.Money for TB research is shrinking while millions die

Tuberculosis (TB) killed 1.5 million people last year according to the World Health Organisation. Yet research money for TB is stagnating or even declining, according to a new report by the US based Treatment Action Group (TAG).

Nov 30, 2015
GroundUp staff
Aftermath of fire in Section E of Masiphumelele.One thousand homes destroyed in Masiphumelele fire

Distraught residents wander amongst the ash, corrugated iron, rubble and smoke of Section D in Masiphumelele, a township in Cape Town's south peninsula. In the last few hours, thousands have lost their homes and possessions. Two fire engines stand at the edge of the burnt areas.

Nov 29, 2015
GroundUp Staff
Image adapted from Wikipedia user Htonl. (CC BY-SA 3.0)Can Dunoon overcome its housing problems?

In a dimly-lit room, about 50 people, some of them in wheelchairs, wait to have proof-of-residence documents authorised by Dunoon ward councillor Lubabalo Makeleni.

Nov 27, 2015
Steve Kretzmann
Vacant dwellings at the Wolwerivier development. Photo by Barbara Maregele. Twitter war between activists and City over Wolwerivier

A spat erupted on Twitter this week when Ndifuna Ukwazi (NU) director Zackie Achmat accused City of Cape Town’s Benedicta van Minnen of being ‘a liar’ and ‘one who holds black people in contempt’.

Nov 27, 2015
Barbara Maregele
Nov 27, 2015
Khayelitsha resident Mongi Dikazi and Rape Crisis volunteer Ida Malthe-Soenssen discussing the survey. Photo by Barbara Maregele.Survey shows how unsafe Khayelitsha residents feel

Most of the Harare, Khayelitsha, residents who participated in a survey campaign launched by Rape Crisis this week as part of 16 Days of Activism believe that robbery and housebreaking are the main problems in the area.

Nov 26, 2015
Barbara Maregele
Photo by Masixole Feni.Gigaba releases stats on Zimbabwean Special Permit

At a press briefing at Parliament today, Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba released statistics on the Zimbabwe Special Dispensation Permit (ZSP).

Nov 25, 2015
Tariro Washinyira
MDC T held a protest outside the Zimbabwean Consulate in Cape Town. Protesters wore T-shirts calling for the release of political activist Itai Dzamara and demanded information about Patrick Nyabanyama, missing for 15 years. Photo by Bernard Chiguvare.Zimbabwean consular official pelted with plastic bottles

Supporters of the main Zimbabwean opposition party threw plastic bottles at a Zimbabwean consular official today after marching on the consulate to hand over a memorandum.

Nov 25, 2015
Bernard Chiguvare