Ocean View man explains how he lives “Off the grid”

Ricardo Fortune explains how he has freed himself of Eskom and gone off the grid to power his house.

Janine Fortuin and Neo Sithole - 13 February 2013

Do you love or hate Valentine’s Day?

We asked people what they think of Valentine's Day.

Nokubonga Yawa - 13 February 2013

Immigrants establish support project for women

Evelyn Handiseni founded a support project called Divine Caring Hands in 2012. The idea was born from her desire to help women who face challenges similar to those she has faced in her own life.

Tariro Washinyira - 13 February 2013

City turns Khayelitsha street lights on

Night-time and Khayelitsha looks a different place to a few weeks ago. The City has repaired most of the street lights in the township's major roads; it is noticeably brighter now. Last night Mayor Patricia De Lille joined a march organised by organisations who have been demanding that the lights be repaired.

Nokubonga Yawa and Nathan Geffen - 12 February 2013

The poorest of the poor: The Karretjie Mense of the Great Karoo

In and around Colesberg, a small historical town on the N1 mid-way between Cape Town and Johannesburg, I met a group of impoverished sheep shearers living in abject poverty, surviving in tiny tin shacks on the verges of public roads. Only recently, in the last 15 years, have they become a settled, sedentary people.

Timothy Gabb - 6 February 2013

Libertas Flats in Parow are a human pig sty

On Thursday morning I went to see Libertas Flats in Klosser Street, Parow. This block is a human pig sty. It is filthy and stinks. There are leaking ceilings and walls that seem to have been painted a century ago. Many flats are without water and electricity.

Tariro Washinyira - 6 February 2013

Will Lentegeur’s hospice be closed?

St Lukes Hospice in Lentegeur Hospital in Mitchells Plain has received notice that it will be closed. The hospice is a separate building on the hospital grounds. The provincial health department intends to replace the hospice's services in a ward in the hospital itself.

Mary-Jane Matsolo - 6 February 2013

How I became a polygamist

- 6 February 2013

Metrorail or Metrofail?

Metrorail is one of the three divisions of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), the state-owned enterprise which is responsible for most passenger rail services in South Africa. It is also one of the most troublesome forms of public transport.

Mary-Anne Gontsana - 6 February 2013

PE boy makes it on the American soccer scene

Twenty-year-old Kirk de Boer grew up in PE and is now playing football in Atlanta, USA. GroundUp spoke to him about his soccer career and how he started playing for Southern Poly.

Margo Fortune - 6 February 2013

How I became a polygamist

Mr Sithole is a very traditional man who has two wives and 19 children. Growing up he realised that his father was a polygamist, he looked at his fathers life and liked it, so when it was time for him to take a wife, he decided to have more than one.

Sthembiso Dube and Fanelesibonge Mthimkhulu - 6 February 2013

Boystown residents protest over housing corruption allegations

Residents burned tyres at Boystown near Crossroads in Nyanga. They complained that houses were being built without knowledge of who is going to receive them.

Mihle Pike - 6 February 2013

Nomlinganiselo Primary School closed off by angry parents - principal locked in

Parents protested outside Nomlinganiselo Primary school in New Crossroads, Nyanga. They also prevented kids from entering the school building on 30 and 31 January.

Mihle Pike - 6 February 2013

Renting out recycled bicycles

Eight years ago Bongani Ndlazi started collecting old bicycles and making them new again. He has turned his talent into a business that puts food on the table.

Nokubonga Yawa - 6 February 2013

Gugs Youth perform hip hop at the Baxter theatre

Hip Hop Kaslam (which means "my location") is the name given to the first hip hop event organised in 2010. The event is returning to the Baxter Theatre on 2 March 2013.

Mary-Jane Matsolo - 6 February 2013

Memorial for police officer shot dead in front of his house

A memorial service was held at Salvation Church in Makhaza, Khayelitsha, for Constable Ngangezwe Calvin Mkhize, who was shot at D-section, Khayelitsha, on Saturday 26 January. The shooting happened at 1am in the morning.

Mihle Pike - 6 February 2013