Immigrants soccer players aim for PSL

Professional soccer players who are refugees in South Africa have found comfort in establishing an informal soccer club, with the objective of being recognized and playing professionally again, like they did in their birth countries.

Tariro Washinyira - 5 September 2012

AMCU gives its side of the story

We spoke to Jimmy Gama, Treasurer of the Association of Mine Workers and Construction Union (AMCU), about the Lonmin strike, the killings at Marikana, the status of negotiations and what needs to happen next.

Mara Kardas-Nelson - 5 September 2012

De Doorns farm workers strike after wages dropped

An ongoing wage dispute that led to an unprotected strike by farm workers highlights the complex relationship between farmers and workers in the De Doorns area.

Tariro Washinyira - 5 September 2012

Marinovich on Marikana and journalism

GroundUp interviewed investigative journalist Greg Marinovich, who has published shocking findings about the deaths of miners at Marikana.

Mara Kardas-Nelson - 4 September 2012

A union key to a really democratic future

The bloodbath at Lonmin’s Marikana mine served to alert more of the public to aspects of feuding and tension that have been ongoing for years and not only at Lonmin and in the mining industry generally. In particular it has highlighted the stresses, strains and battles for power and position within the trade union movement and opened up a number of debates about the way forward.

Terry Bell - 3 September 2012

TAC pickets in support of man who got TB in prison

Dudley Lee contracted TB while he was an awaiting trial prisoner. Now he's suing the state.

Mary-Jane Matsolo and GroundUp Staff - 29 August 2012

Lance Armstrong: It’s about the bike, not the boosters

The name Armstrong dominated the past week's headlines. Neil remained a public hero until his end. Lance’s drug infested career came home to roost. However the level of public support demonstrated for Lance Armstrong, as evidenced in website comments and polls, has been surprising.

Shuaib Manjra - 29 August 2012

Behind the political posturing and defensiveness are people with genuine unfilled needs

None of the big political parties are showing the kind of leadership that is needed when it comes to housing.

Nathan Geffen - 29 August 2012

City explains its sports field plans

GroundUp has been reporting on sports facilities in Cape Town's townships. We interviewed Tandeka Gqada, Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services, to find out the city's ideas and plans for making sports facilities more available.

Tariro Washinyira - 29 August 2012

Hundreds audition for SABC HIV show

Hundreds of hopefuls lined the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s ampitheatre on Saturday hoping to be cast in the SABC 1 television drama series, Intersexions.

Mary-Anne Gontsana - 29 August 2012

Green Market Square traders face imminent eviction

At least 40 immigrants trading since 2010 at the Soko African Market, next to Green Market Square, face imminent eviction. Their attempts to negotiate for more notice time before eviction from the Kings Hotel, which owns the property, have failed.

Tariro Washinyira - 29 August 2012

New PSL star Graham says, “Don’t let fame make your head big.”

Travis Graham, who is just 19, played his first PSL match last week Wednesday for Ajax Cape Town.

Margo Fortune - 29 August 2012

The budding cyclists of Khayelitsha

Situated in the heart of Khayelitsha Velokhaya Cycling Academy is an unusual sight in a township.

Mary-Jane Matsolo and Nokubonga Yawa - 29 August 2012

Sorting facts from propaganda at Marikana

“Money, historic distrust, poor communication by and between different parties and the intervention of a small criminal element provided the volatile mix that exploded into violence....."

Terry Bell - 27 August 2012

Appoinment of Commission of Inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha

Civil society organisations have welcomed the appointment of a Commission of Inquiry into the allegations of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha.

Mary-Anne Gontsana - 22 August 2012

Where do the children play?

The Cape Flats violence over the last few weeks--much of it perpetrated by young people who are often out of work, out of school, but in gangs--raises this question: What extramural activities are available for children living in Cape Town's townships?

GroundUp Editor - 22 August 2012