What’s that you say ... human-whats?

Nearly two decades into our democracy, for most people living in South Africa our Constitution might as well be written in Latin, because it is more than likely that they have never read it.

Apr 17, 2014
Tim Fish Hodgson and Tawana Nharingo
Cape Town Pride parade. Photo by Odette Fouche.Where to for Cape Town Pride?

At a meeting on 12 April convened by Ikasi Pride, members of a divided gay and lesbian community discussed the future of gay pride in the city, its steady depoliticisation, its lack of community outreach and its image problem.

Apr 15, 2014
Brent Meersman
School children at Imperial Primary School in Eastridge, Mitchell's Plain.  Photo by Henry Trotter under CC ASA 2.5.A year of compulsory community service for new teachers?

On April Fool’s day, GroundUp published a story which claimed that government had made it compulsory for teacher graduates to provide their services in non-model C government schools for one year.

Apr 15, 2014
Joshua Maserow
Luyanda Mangali. Photo by Luyanda Mangali.Musos keep their ballots secret

With parties in full swing out campaigning, some will hire artists and bands to perform at election rallies. GroundUp asked some performers how they will vote, but most wouldn’t disclose, out of fear of being sidelined on various platforms, losing their funding or alienating their audience.

Apr 14, 2014
Dumisani Dabadini
Terry Bell.Still seeking fairness on the farms

Farm employer organisation AgriSA last week met with trade union representatives in an effort to strike a deal to allow unionisation on farms — and especially in the winelands of the Western Cape. “Most farmers still will not allow union representatives onto their properties,” says Federation of Unions (Fedusa) general secretary Dennis George.

Apr 14, 2014
Terry Bell
Kiernan Forbes, whose stage name is AKA. Photo by Blaque Magazine.Big year for Aka and Da L.E.S

Since partnering up with Da L.E.S, Kiernan Forbes, whose stage name is AKA, has been headlining more gigs now than ever before, not only for his strikingly unconventional Kanye-esqe style and entourage, but mainly for his lyrics.

Apr 9, 2014
Zethu Gqola
Photograph of Khayelitsha.Kramer has it wrong says City

Paul Boughey, chief of staff to the executive mayor of Cape Town, takes issue with Dustin Kramer's article on GroundUp.

Apr 9, 2014
Paul Boughey
Photo by Fergus Turner.Mobile phone rates and putting people before profits

You’ve probably heard the news that MTN and Vodacom have gone to court to stop new regulations. The court ruled that the regulations should go head. What does this mean for the people’s right to communicate?

Apr 8, 2014
John Haffner
Terry Bell.Strike focus must be on jobs, not wages

A crunch point has this week been reached in the platinum sector. Stockpiles are all but exhausted and striking miners are starving. In normal circumstances this would be the time when compromise is reached, a matter of who blinks first.

Apr 8, 2014
Terry Bell
Image from TAC Election Manifesto booklet.Where do political parties stand on health issues?

The People’s Health Manifesto is an initiative of the Treatment Action Campaign. With elections upon us, the TAC wanted to know what political parties proposed to do for healthcare. They put 11 questions to them. This is what they discovered.

Apr 7, 2014
Brent Meersman