About GroundUp

GroundUp publishes news that matters. We report human rights stories across South Africa. Our journalists won the prestigious 2021 Nat Nakasa Community Award.

South Africa’s Constitution gives people the rights to housing, education, health, safety, a decent environment, justice, food and dignity. Our stories show what these rights mean in daily life.

We are a news agency. Our articles are made available for republication, usually under a Creative Commons license, to news publications.

We value high-quality, ethical journalism. We are independent and do not promote any political party. We write in plain language. We also occasionally solicit and publish opinion pieces. We prefer opinion pieces that are fact-rich from people who work in the field about which they are writing.

GroundUp started in April 2012 as a joint project of Community Media Trust and the University of Cape Town's Centre for Social Science Research. As of June 2020, we became a standalone non-profit company (i.e. we are no longer a project within another company).

We adhere to the press code. We are members of Press Council and abide by the press ombudsman. GroundUp does not publish pseudoscience (such as AIDS denialism, climate change denialism, vaccination denialism) or bigotry (such as  racism, sexism and homophobia).

GroundUp does not run adverts.