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Jabir Aliye in his Masiphumelele shop. Photo by Zintle Tia Swana.29 foreign-owned shops targeted

A 37 year old Somali, Ahimenet Jamel was shot in his shop in Masiphumelele last Friday in an attempted robbery, bringing to at least 29 the number of attacks on foreign-owned shops in the Western Cape in the last three weeks.

Jul 31, 2014
Zintle Tia Swana
So long and thanks for all the fish

Clans living near Kosi Bay have used an ancient fish trapping system to create a livelihood for themselves and their families for centuries. But as population pressure rises, increasing the twin stressors of poverty and unemployment, how long will the fragile balance between humans and nature provide a bountiful catch? Mandy de Waal travelled to uMhlabuyalingana for GroundUp. Jon Pienaar took the photographs.

Jul 31, 2014
Mandy de Waal and Jon Pienaar
Ntsikelelo Mdladlana pumps iron at Strongbones gym. Photo by Siyabonga Kalipa.One-legged weightlifter aims for Paralympics

Half of Ntsikelelo Mdladlana's leg was destroyed in a shack fire in 2007.

Jul 31, 2014
Siyabonga Kalipa
Albert Masakala comforts his wife Xoliswa at the ministerial inquiry into the Lwandle evictions today. Photo by Masixole Feni.Evicted resident breaks down at Lwandle inquiry

Xoliswa Masakala broke into tears at the ministerial inquiry into the Lwandle evictions today as she was asked to comment on two pictures of herself which were published in the media. In one of the pictures, she is seen with her breasts and upper body completely exposed and the rest of her clothes appear torn.

Jul 29, 2014
Barbara Maregele
Gay Congolese refugee Junior Mayema claims police officers at Claremont police station beat him up in a homophobic attack. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.“Homophobic police attack” to be investigated

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) this morning confirmed that it is investigating claims of police officers dragging a gay Congolese man to a back room of Claremont police station and beating him with metal poles.

Jul 28, 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Margaret Constant sits on the steps of one of the ruined houses of her childhood. Photo by Masixole Feni.Redhill’s ruins: Cape Town’s forgotten District Six

There’s silence as Margaret Constant and her brother George Lawrence walk through lush Fynbos to the stone ruins of Redhill Village, the place they once called home.

Jul 28, 2014
Barbara Maregele
Children playing in Mfuleni. Photo by Masixole Feni.Minister promises to expand child support grant, but no tangible progress yet

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini announced plans in June to expand child support grant eligibility from age 18 to 23.

Jul 25, 2014
Michelle Korte
Living in constant anticipation of another court sanctioned eviction, Andries Joostenberg has vowed to stand firm and resist being thrown off the land he has called home for 50 years. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Montagu family on brink of losing home

Darkness falls on the Koo valley. Andries Joostenberg, 63, and his son hang up their axes, stack the last logs of cut wood and trudge indoors. The temperature drops. In the farm cottage's kitchen a family huddles in semi-darkness around a wood stove. The electricity has been cut, so too the water: final instalments in a siege designed to drive Andries off the land.

Jul 25, 2014
Daneel Knoetze
SJC activist Luthando Tokota outside the Cape Town Magistrates' Court today. He and 20 others are standing trial for unlawfully convening and attending a protest at the Civic Centre in September last year. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Magistrate says charges stand against sanitation activists

The trial of 21 Social Justice Coalition (SJC) members continued in the Cape Town Magistrates' Court today. The group are charged with unlawfully attending and convening a protest in September last year.

Jul 24, 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Domestic worker Patricia Qwase (pictured here at her employer's house) has to pay R26,000 to African Bank for R7,000 worth of furniture she bought from Ellerines.Fleeced! How Ellerines and African Bank misled a customer into debt

“Making Life Easier For You” is Ellerines’ promise to customers. But the high-profile furniture outlet has made life anything but easy for Patricia Qwase.

Jul 24, 2014
Michelle Korte

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