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

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

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

Khayelitsha’s first coffee shop opened

What do a fireman, an employee at a towel factory and a coffee barista have in common? They all make up the Department of Coffee (DOC), a new intimate coffee shop in Khayelitsha.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

19 July 2012

Delft RDP houses falling apart

Delft residents are left in the cold this winter as the recent bad weather is causing their houses to fall apart.

Janine Fortuin

19 July 2012

Activists battle Novartis over cancer drug

South African activists are campaigning to get a multinational pharmaceutical company, Novartis, to drop a court case against the Indian government.

Mary-Jane Matsolo

18 July 2012

Zimbabwean woman murdered on her way to Bellville

The brother of a Zimbabwean woman who was murdered last week is accusing her ex-boyfriend in a case that highlights violence against women.

Tariro Washinyira

18 July 2012

GROW Academy bringing communities into the digital age

On Monday, a group of unemployed school-leavers gathered in Athlone for GROW Academy. This is an initiative by organisations in Cape Town to give people basic information technology skills through a five day training programme called a boot camp.

Veronica Washaya

18 July 2012

The alternative Grahamstown festival

The Grahamstown Arts Festival is world famous for its many plays and music performances. But there's a lesser known alternative festival which takes place along side it, called the Rhini Festival of Resistance.

Nokubonga Yawa

18 July 2012

Youths learn about the Constitution and the importance of activism

The Constitutional Literacy and Service Initiative (CLASI) ran a camp for learners from different schools about the Constitution at the District 6 Museum from 2 to 4 July.

Nokubonga Yawa

18 July 2012

Satire and the spear

First we had the Spear, a painting by Brett Murray. Now we have the Dick, a cartoon by Jonathan — Zapiro — Shapiro. And this satire of a genital nature has, in both cases, caused the same polarised reaction: support or amused indifference on one side; expressions of outrage on the other.

Terry Bell

18 July 2012

From Ocean View and Lavender Hill to player of the season: GroundUp interviews Ashley Hartog

GroundUp interviewed Ashley Hartog, the midfielder for Supersport United who won the club's Player of the Season and the Players' Player of the Season awards for the 2011/12 season.

Margo Fortune

18 July 2012

Information Technology and the Treatment Action Campaign: successes and pitfalls

On 10 December 1998, about 10 people picketed outside St Georges Cathedral in Cape Town. They demanded that the state roll out a programme to reduce the risk of pregnant women transmitting HIV to their infants and for drug companies to lower their HIV medicine prices. This marked the modest beginning of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC).

Nathan Geffen

18 July 2012