RoundUp 30/04/2012 - 06/05/2012

In this regular new feature, GroundUp brings you the most important stories of the last week. We hope busy or young people who want a quick roundup of events will find this useful.

Nokubonga Yawa - 7 May 2012

Alleged drunk driver crashes into car killing mother and child

A mother and her 5 month old baby were killed in a drunken driving accident while the husband survived. "A drunk male driver came at a very high speed and hit our car. Right then I lost my family", the husband, Zola Mateza, said.

Nokubonga Yawa - 7 May 2012

DJ Sbu and Ruffest bring out the Khayelitsha crowds

DJ Sbu performed in Khayelitsha yesterday. Groundup spoke to DJ Sbu after his performance. We asked for his message for the youth of Khayelitsha.

Nokubonga Yawa - 4 May 2012

The broken toilets of Joe Slovo High School

Toilets in many Cape Flats schools are in poor condition. GroundUp visited a school with a serious problem with its toilets and also interviewed the Western Cape Education Department about plans for addressing the problem.

Nokubonga Yawa - 3 May 2012

Khayelitsha taxi owners: crime-fighters or vigilantes?

Taxi owners and members of the Congress for Democratic Taxi Association (CODETA) have recently joined in to help curb the escalating crime and gangsterism in Khayelitsha by patrolling areas and doing search and seizures.

Mary-Anne Gontsana - 3 May 2012

Moonlight Cocktail Party

Moonlight Productions organised a cocktail party for youth in Nyanga East to celebrate Freedom Day on Sunday night.

Mary-jane Matsolo - 2 May 2012

Education Minister opposes Equal Education court case

The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, has filed a notice to oppose Equal Education’s (EE) court case for minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure.

Mary-Anne Gontsana - 24 April 2012

Rats, robbers and foul smells: Life on the Island

Residents of Island in Khayelitsha TR section have been terrorised by rats for more than a decade. Situated between a highway and a blocked drainage canal, the residents also have to deal with the stench that comes from the canal which is infested with mosquitoes.

Mary-Jane Matsolo - 20 April 2012

Company’s HIV treatment claim condemned

Clinicians and AIDS workers have condemned Imuniti Holdings for claims it is making about its nutritional supplements. Henry Stassen, from Edge to Edge Investments, which distributes for Imuniti, says the company manufactures a nutritional pack that eradicates HIV.

Mary-Jane Matsolo - 19 April 2012

Maitland Home Affairs’ scary toilets

When GroundUp journalists visited Maitland Home Affairs, they noticed clients and their children struggling to hop into the portable toilets to avoid the stagnant water surrounding them.

Tariro Washinyira - 19 April 2012

Khayelitsha’s kid gangsters

“We are fighting for our freedom, our freedom to go anywhere we want to go in Khayelitsha,” says Latinyo, an 18-year-old grade 12 learner from Khayelitsha's H-section. He has been involved in gangs since the age of 12 and says he has lost count of how many murders he has committed.

Mary-Anne Gontsana - 18 April 2012

Why Jim Kim’s Critics are Wrong

Lant Pritchett—a Professor of the Practice of International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School—has been leading a campaign against the election of Jim Kim to the World Bank presidency. While he isn’t the only critic of Dr. Kim’s nomination, he is among the most vocal, prominent and well known. Though his views are his own, many of them have been amplified and echoed by other leading development economists like William Easterly at New York University and several people associated with the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC.

Gregg Gonsalves - 18 April 2012

Home Affairs office turns away asylum seekers because it runs out of paper

The Maitland office of Home Affairs is turning away asylum seekers daily because it is running out of paper.

Veronica Washaya - 17 April 2012

Disgruntled asylum seekers protest at Maitland Home Affairs

Hundreds of disgruntled asylum seekers, who have been turned away for several months without assistance, demonstrated on Friday at the Maitland Home Affairs premises.

Tariro Washinyira - 17 April 2012

Cape Town’s informal rubbish dumps

The rubbish stacked against the wall of Gugulethu's NY132 stadium has grown to the point that residents are unable to walk on the pavement.

Mary-Anne Gontsana - 16 April 2012