Helping Khayelitsha’s children escape gang violence

The youth of Khayelitsha have been infected with a terrible "disease of gang violence"--as ‘Big Guy’, a radio presenter from Radio Zibonele called it--that is destroying tomorrow’s leaders. It is not hardened gangsters who are involved but children, some as young as 13.

Axolile Notywala - 1 August 2012

Rats and rubbish: Somafho Flats in Gugs

Rubbish piles, rats and no electricity. This is the site of Somafho, a block of flats in Gugulethu’s NY 121.

Mary-Anne Gontsana - 1 August 2012

Cape Town’s determined small business owners

Most young people living in Cape Town's townships are unemployed and have little chance of getting a job.

GroundUp Editor - 25 July 2012

Immigrants at work: IT repair shop in Gardens

Admire Siya is just 25-years old and from Zimbabwe. He has set up an IT shop in his home in Gardens.

Veronica Washaya - 25 July 2012

“I don’t do this for fun” - Road-side window cleaner

Many drivers get irritated with the youths who, without asking for permission first, wash their windscreens at traffic lights.

Nokubonga Yawa - 25 July 2012

Immigrants at work: The Parow flea market

Cameroon-born Desmond Chia is a stall owner at the Parow flea market. The harsh weather Cape Town has recently seen makes it hard for him to run his business.

Tariro Washinyira - 25 July 2012

“We’ll come back to Cape Town” - Manchester United players

On Saturday, Manchester United played Ajax in Cape Town as one of their pre-season training friendly matches.

Margo Fortune - 25 July 2012

Site B’s vetkoek hub

Makazi’s take away is a busy shack that constantly has a line of customers waiting outside to be served their vetkoek (fat cakes).

Mary-Jane Matsolo - 25 July 2012

Gay and lesbian activists protest Holomisa’s call for review

Last Wednesday, gay and lesbian rights organisations handed a memorandum to the ANC Western Cape representative, Songezo Mjongile.

Tariro Washinyira - 25 July 2012

Hope amid the horror of joblessness and exploitation

Hope springs eternal in the human breast. So wrote the much-quoted 18th Century English poet, Alexander Pope. And, although this has all too often described the
futility of chasing after rainbows and never finding a promised pot of gold, hope continues to sustain millions of people in situations that, to the more fortunate, might seem hopeless.

Terry Bell - 25 July 2012

From bad boy to legitimate business owner: The Corner Lounge Story

Nkululeko Tuntubele is the owner of Corner Lounge, a cosy bar-lounge in the hub of Gugulethu at NY 138. Officially opened this year on 31 March, the lounge is a container previously used as a hair salon.

Mary-Anne Gontsana - 25 July 2012

Feeding her family with a meat stand

Nonyameko Sowazi, also affectionately known to her customers as “Madlamini,” runs a “binnegoed” stand at the bottom of the Nonqubela station in Khayelitsha.

Mary-Jane Matsolo - 25 July 2012

Where Cape Town’s homeless live

Nestled underneath a concrete highway, the District Six Haven shelter is a modest, two-story house where 80 of the area’s homeless live.

Allen Jiang and Audrey Leasure - 25 July 2012

Immigrants at work: Making ends meet as a cab driver

Tinashe Nhidza is a 35-year-old Zimbabwean taxi cab driver operating in Cape Town.

Veronica Washaya - 25 July 2012

A spaza shop “just to keep busy”

For most people, opening a spaza shop is a small business venture to earn an income. For Richard Handel, it is just to keep busy.

Mary-Anne Gontsana - 25 July 2012

Immigrants at work: Hair salon and cosmetics shop in Parow

Prince Ikenna came to South Africa from Nigeria in 2010 and has set up a successful salon and cosmetics business.

Tariro Washinyira - 25 July 2012