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Photo courtesy of SJC Social Audit report.Khayelitsha residents welcome SJC social audit report

The community of BM Section in Khayelitsha came out in their numbers to listen to the report by the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) into sanitation services in the township.

Oct 1, 2014
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Open toilets in Makhaza. Archive photo by Masixole Feni.Khayelitsha toilet audit finds “dire” results

One in four of the Khayelitsha public toilets which are supposed to be cleaned by the City of Cape Town's janitorial services is not working, a social audit by the Social Justice Coalition has found.

Oct 1, 2014
GroundUp staff
Thuli Ndlovu, an Abahlali baseMjondolo branch chairperson who was murdered at her home in KwaNdengezi on Monday night, pictured at the relaunch of the movement's Western Cape branch at Cape Town's Sweethome Farm informal settlement on Saturday. Photo by Jared Sacks.Another Abahlali baseMjondolo member assassinated

Shortly after returning to KwaZulu Natal from the Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM) Western Cape relaunch, Thuli Ndlovu, a branch chairperson in the shackdwellers’ movement, was gunned down in her shack.

Oct 1, 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Since it was founded in 1998, the TAC has become the leading civil society force behind comprehensive health care services for people living with HIV and AIDS in South Africa. The organisation is now facing a funding crunch. Photo by Mary-Anne Gontsana.TAC plans fund raising drive as crunch time looms

Even though the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) faces the possibility of closing down due to a lack of funding, it says there is no need to worry yet.

Oct 1, 2014
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Khayelitsha Wheelchair Tennis Club hosted a tennis camp. Photo by Siyabonga Kalipa.Wheelchair tennis growing in popularity

People living with disabilities gathered at Mandela Park Stadium in Khayelitsha on the weekend to try their hand in wheelchair tennis. The sport of wheelchair tennis is growing in South Africa. Lucas Sithole is ranked second in the world. Khayelitsha has Meyenzeke Gwija, ranked fifth in South Africa.

Sep 30, 2014
Siyabonga Kalipa
Sewage water from a blocked drain floods the road to the library in Philippi. Photo by Siphenathi Mbozo.City blames “irresponsible” residents for Philippi flooding

For months Philippi residents have been living with blocked drains that have flooded the roads. The City Council says the sewers are blocked because residents throw rubbish, including builders’ rubble, into the drains.

Sep 30, 2014
Thembela Ntongana
Community members speak out at TAC's gender-based violence workshop. Photo by Joyce Xi.TAC workshop highlights domestic violence

Khayelitsha community members voiced their concerns on how the police deal with gender-based violence such as rape.

Sep 30, 2014
Joyce Xi
Judgement is expected today in the murder trial of SJC activist Angy Peter (above). Photo by Johnnie Isaac.Judgement expected today in SJC activist Angy Peter case

Social Justice Coalition activist Angy Peter and her co-accused, husband Isaac Mbadu, Christopher Dina and Azola Dayimani, will know their fate after nearly two years on trial when Judge Robert Henney deliver his judgment today. The four were charged for the kidnapping and murder.

Sep 30, 2014
Johnnie Isaac
Siviwe School of Skills is one of a few schools located in the townships which caters for learners with special needs. Some parents complain that it is tough getting schools in the township for their disabled children. Photo by Mary-Anne Gontsana.The need for special needs schools

A 15-year-old child spent 2013 without an education. Despite the great lengths her grandmother went to, she was unable to be placed in school because of her disabilities. There is a shortage of places for children with special needs.

Sep 29, 2014
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Elaine Brenkman with her adopted sons Ethan and Deagan. Photo courtesy of the family.Adoption and race: we unpack the issues

Adoption of children across the the old apartheid categories is on the increase, according to the Department of Social Development. There were 936 such adoptions in the last three years. GroundUp unpacks some of the issues the department calls “trans-racial” adoption.

Sep 29, 2014
Thembela Ntongana and GroundUp staff

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