Young Seedat loves playing football for South Africa

Ebrahim Seedat is just 19 years old, but this left-wing and midfielder is making waves in the soccer world.

Margo Fortune

20 August 2012

Why Cape Town has erupted and what we can do about it

On the evening of Friday 3 August thousands of Khayelitsha residents were nearing the end of the long and difficult bus journey that city workers endure twice a day.

Gavin Silber

17 August 2012

No angels in the bloody Lonmin clashes

The ongoing tension and violence at South Africa’s Lonmin platinum mine is a much more complex and messy business than a simple turf war between unions in the Rustenburg region of the country.

Terry Bell

17 August 2012

Where are the police? Zimbabwean man murdered by two gangsters

Zimbabwean born Garikai Mpala has been stabbed to death, allegedly by two gangsters operating in Khayelitsha. The family was told by the Harare (Khayelitsha) police to bring the two suspects to the police station.

Tariro Washinyira

15 August 2012

Cape Town protests

About 350 residents of Khayelitsha's BM section took to the streets on Monday this week to protest over the lack of houses and sanitation. The protestors burnt tyres and stoned vehicles. Eight people were arrested by police for public violence.

GroundUp Staff

15 August 2012

Education through soccer

A football non-profit organisation is using soccer to educate kids living in townships.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

15 August 2012

Mars and the need to imagine a different South Africa

On 6 August, something extraordinary happened: NASA, the US space agency, landed a research craft called the Curiosity rover on Mars.

Jacques van Heerden

15 August 2012

The forgotten history of workers’ Olympics

In this week of Women’s Day, the 30th summer Olympiad is coming to an end. Over the past week and more, women and men from all backgrounds have displayed their sporting abilities, watched on television by more than 1 billion people around the world.

Terry Bell

13 August 2012

Activists and politicians argue over violent protests

Several protests in Cape Town's informal settlements have turned violent in recent weeks. Residents, activist groups and the city's political parties are blaming each other for the violence and lack of service delivery.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

8 August 2012

Immigrants accuse construction company of abusive labour practices

Kate Jambela, the owner of Jambela Building Construction, is being accused of exploiting immigrants for the past four years and more recently of dismissing them without paying their accumulated wages.

Tariro Washinyira

8 August 2012

Cape Town geeks promote computer games

Last Friday evening GroundUp headed to Ajax training ground in Parow to attend 2upGamers the 8th Lap.

Gareth Dawson

8 August 2012

Athlone school fights government’s threat to close it

Peak View Secondary is a school of about 650 learners in Bridgetown, Athlone. The school has been marked by the provincial government for closure by the end of the year, but the school's learners and teachers are protesting the decision.

Veronica Washaya

8 August 2012

Service delivery failures: we need leadership not opportunists

I live in a house in Nyanga township in Cape Town. But before 1994 I lived in Nyanga Bush in a tent, then a plastic shack, then a corrugated iron shack.

Vuyiseka Dubula

8 August 2012

Province gives conflicting reasons for Zonnebloem school’s closure

Equal Education (EE) has set up an online petition to fight the closure of Zonnebloem Nest Senior School. Western Cape MEC for Education, Donald Grant, has included Zonnebloem in a list of schools marked for closure.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

8 August 2012

Know clearly what you want - and will fight for

That there is widespread and apparently growing cynicism within the labour movement about politics and politicians is perfectly understandable. Recent history provides many reasons, not least of them the corruption scandals, the circumstances surrounding the murder of Moss Phakoe and the ongoing school textbook crisis.

Terry Bell

8 August 2012

Runners for Health honoured by University of Stellenbosch

Even if you are HIV positive you can still run the Comrades Marathon. That is the message behind a group of runners that call themselves Runners for Health.

Mary-Jane Matsolo

8 August 2012