Local entertainment brand develops Cape Town youth

GroundUp interviewed founder and managing director of Ziyawamo, Mzura Kuse, about the company’s expansion to Cape Town, its youth development programs as well as the annual spring picnic affair.

Mary-Anne Gontsana - 24 October 2012

Mike Matyeni: human rights activist and Treatment Action Campaign Leader has died

Leading Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) activist Mike Matyeni collapsed during his cousin's funeral in Cathcart on Saturday 13 October 2012. He was declared dead the following morning.

Mary-Jane Matsolo - 24 October 2012

Zimbabwean lays complaint with police against Home Affairs official

A 25 years old asylum seeker lodged a complaint of bribery with the police against a Cape Town Foreshore Home Affairs official last week.

Tariro Washinyira - 24 October 2012

Activists march wearing masks of Education Minister

On 17 October 2012 Equal Education (EE) and its members marched for a better education system in South Africa. The march started at 15h30 from Hector Pieterson Secondary School and ended at Wallacedene community hall.

Nokubonga Yawa - 24 October 2012

The challenges of being a goalkeeper

This week GroundUp interviewed Jayrad "Jimmy" Visagie, the 23-year old goalkeeper for the National First Division team Milano.

Margo Fortune - 24 October 2012

Clanwilliam hosts Khoi San dance competition

Isaac Petersen attended the semifinals of an ongoing Rieldans competition held in Clanwillam on Saturday, 20 October 2012. He sent us these wonderful photos.

Isaac Petersen - 24 October 2012

Vigilante killing in Mfuleni: Two leading SJC members arrested but deny involvement

On Sunday 14 October, two Social Justice Coalition (SJC) activists Angy Peter and Isaac Mbadu were arrested along with two other Mfuleni residents for the kidnap and murder of Siphiwo "Rowan" Mbevu.

Mary-Jane Matsolo and GroundUp Staff - 23 October 2012

Dance teacher who raped students faces the music

Lulamile Gagu was found guilty on twelve counts of rape at the Khayelitsha Magistrate's Court on 10 October. He will be sentenced on 29 October.

Mary-Jane Matsolo - 17 October 2012

Khayelitsha’s homeless children

Baphumelele Children's Home is a home for children who are orphaned, abandoned, abused or neglected. It is located in Khayelitsha's Site B, Z section.

Nokubonga Yawa - 17 October 2012

Stateless in South Africa

Love Mathobela was born in South Africa and has lived most of her life here, but she is not yet recognised as a citizen.

Tariro Washinyira - 17 October 2012

“Show coach you want to be in the first eleven but have patience”

GroundUp spoke to Niven Scott, a 20-year old central midfielder for Junction Rovers, a promising team in the SAB League.

Margo Fortune - 17 October 2012

Cape Town artists struggle to penetrate the market - an interview with Mxizo

The Western Cape has many talented artists. But often they struggle to make a living doing what they love. A talented artist who is determined to make it is Mxolisi Moyi a local Afro soul artist that hails from the township of Nyanga East infamously known for its high level of crime.

Mary-Jane Matsolo - 17 October 2012

Kenny Solomon - the chess star from Mitchell’s Plain

Kenny Solomon is South Africa's first chess grandmaster-elect.

Nathan Geffen - 17 October 2012

Poor versus business in Somerset West

A soup kitchen serving poor people in Somerset West struggles to stay open following pressure for it to relocate from the ward councillor and a business woman.

Mary-Anne Gontsana - 17 October 2012

Western Cape Education Department finalises school closures

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has announced a customised draft plan for each school recommended for closure.

GroundUp staff - 17 October 2012

Why is the Public Investment Corporation bankrolling private education for the rich?

Next month young activists will attempt to make Bhisho the centre of the world. Members of Equal Education (EE) will be present throughout the duration of a court case aimed at securing infrastructure standards for every school in South Africa.

Doron Isaacs - 17 October 2012