100 years since the Native Land Act: an interview with Ben Cousins

It is the 100th anniversary of the Natives Land Act. We spoke to Ben Cousins, a professor at the University of Western Cape and founder of the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies.

Camila Osorio - 26 June 2013

Private Security: a law unto themselves?

The private security industry in South Africa is one of the largest in the world, with active registered security guards outnumbering police by almost three to one and eight security companies for every police station.

Craig Oosthuizen - 26 June 2013

Sanitation in the streets

Under a hail of criticism, the City is making attempts at sanitation improvements in the informal settlements. On June 25, 300 people took to the streets in a protest demanding faster action. This photo story looks at sanitation in Makhaza, Khayelitsha.

Amelia Earnest - 26 June 2013

Activists to De Lille: Give us toilet plan in two weeks

More than 300 people marched in the Cape Town city centre today to demand better sanitation in informal settlements.

Pharie Sefali - 25 June 2013

Petition calls for more time to comment on police green paper

Last Friday, 27 civil society organizations signed a letter directed at Ms Jenni Irish-Qhobosheane, of the Civilian Secretariat for Police Service. The organisations requested more time to comment on the Green Paper on Policing that Ms Irish-Qhobosheane published last week.

Camila Osorio - 25 June 2013

Immigrants accuse cops of abuse as their businesses are destroyed

Immigrants who protested outside Kraaifontein Police station on Thursday 20 June claim that police officers assigned to the Wallacedene area yelled offensive statements at them. They also gave harrowing accounts of how they lost their livelihoods.

Tariro Washinyira - 25 June 2013

Toilets: What’s all the flush about? A GroundUp Q&A

Shit is at the centre of Cape Town's recent political conflict. Today the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) is marching to the Mayor's office and the Human Rights Commission to demand improvements to the City's sanitation programme. But what is it all about? With so many players and issues within issues as well as poo being thrown at politicians, it's understandable if you're confused. So here is a simple Q&A that tries to explain Cape Town's sanitation battles.

Amelia Earnest - 25 June 2013

Heading for the 2014 (E)lection

E-tolling, excrement and expanded public works. Apart from starting with the letter “E” they appear at first sight to have nothing in common. But with the country heading toward what promises to be a bitterly contested election in April or May next year, they are not only linked, they are likely to be major campaigning features.

Terry Bell - 24 June 2013

Siyayinqoba Beat It! VIII - Ep. 12 - Kangaroo mother care

- 19 June 2013

MyCiTi should not be compared to Golden Arrow: A response to Martin Eichhorn

This is a response by the Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Roads and Stormwater to an article published on GroundUp by Martin Eichhorn.

Brett Herron - 19 June 2013

Transformation by quota is barking mad

Jack Lewis argues that government's transformation plan is based on identity politics and is misguided. He asks people on the political left to speak out against it.

Jack Lewis - 19 June 2013

Equal Education vs Motshekga gets nasty

The struggle between Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, and activist organisation Equal Education, is getting nasty. The Department has accused EE of using whites to mislead black people and EE has accused the Department of racism. EE held Youth Day marches on Monday 17 June in Cape Town and Pretoria. The marches were part of EE’s campaign to get Minister Motshekga to publish a policy on minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure.

Thandile Majivolo - 19 June 2013

Declaration of economic war in South Africa

For all the sound and fury of the current fight between poultry producers and meat importers, their dispute may turn out to be only a minor skirmish in what promises to be a war of words and protest action aimed at securing the high ground of economic policy. And central to this will be the question of land.

Terry Bell - 19 June 2013

Radio show gives awards to young people on 16 June

Children’s Radio Foundation (CRF) held, what it says is the first youth radio award in Cape Town on 16 June.

Pharie Sefali - 19 June 2013

Nelson ‘Iron’ Mandela

- 19 June 2013

Climate change denier cherry-pickers

Few other fields of science come under such heavy public scrutiny as climate science. Climate change deniers pick data to fit their agendas, ignoring what the science is telling us.

Kerry Gordon - 18 June 2013