22 December 2014
This was the year after Madiba died. We reported many tragic stories and breaches of human rights. But we also showed moments of happiness, beauty and dignity. Here is some of the best GroundUp photography and reporting of 2014.
Wayne Wilke’s fishing exploits in Cape Town’s Black River were captured by photographer Masixole Feni.
Tracey Davies of the Centre for Environmental Rights explained how Mpumalanga is being polluted by unregulated mining.
Sanitation was a recurring theme in 2014. But this story by Barbara Maragele about a creche in Khayelitsha that had no toilets, eventually had a satisfactory ending when the City of Cape Town delivered portable toilets to the creche.
The Social Justice Coalition’s social audit described problems with the delivery of toilet services in part of Khayelitsha. The City of Cape Town responded by arguing the audit was not representative of the service it provided. GroundUp carried a series of articles presenting both the SJC’s and City’s views.
These workers at a facility in Airport Industria clean portable toilets. Zintle Swana told the story of a “House full of faeces”. Photo by Masixole Feni.
Everyday, these children hitchhike over a mountain to get to school. People do extraordinary things to get an education. Thembela Ntongana told the story of the Westlake students. Photo by Masixole Feni.
Decades after being forcibly removed the former residents of Redhill, a beautiful area overlooking Simon’s Town, are struggling for justice. Story by Barbara Maragele. Photo of former resident Margaret Constant by Masixole Feni.
University of Cape Town epidemiologist Kathryn Stinson volunteered to go to Sierra Leone to help the effort against Ebola. Her dispatches from the front line of the epidemic were moving yet sober and informative.
It has been a year of commissions. But only one was completed within a reasonable period of time and also had an outcome that was broadly accepted: the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of Police Inefficiency and a Breakdown in Relations between SAPS and the Community in Khayelitsha. Adam Armstrong reported it extensively.
A man who only identified himself as Obey builds a shack in Philippi. Joyce Xi and Mary-Anne Gontsana showed how shacks are commissioned and built from start to finish. Photo by Joyce Xi.
Residents of Lwandle found themselves in the cold when they were evicted in winter. GroundUp covered this acrimonious and tragic story in depth.
The Philippi East informal settlement, called “Marikana” by its residents, has been a focal point of evictions. Daneel Knoetze and Pablo Pinedo were there when the police fired live ammunition at residents protesting against an attempted eviction.
Daneel Knoetze investigated the lack of access to effective medicines to treat drug-resistant TB by telling Andaleeb Rinquest’s heart-wrenching story.
Domestic worker Patricia Qwase had to pay R26,000 to African Bank for R7,000 worth of furniture she bought from Ellerines. Michelle Korte told the story.
The most viewed news article on the GroundUp website in 2014 was Pharie Sefali’s report telling how girls in township schools deal with not being able to afford sanitary pads. The public response to this article was generous. Thousands of sanitary pads were dropped off at our office and distributed through Equal Education and other organisations. The artwork is by Thandiwe Tshabalala (copyright on the image belongs to her).
Tension at Cape Town’s Refugee Centre on the foreshore finally boiled over in November. Immigrants, fed up with what they saw as incessant Home Affairs ill treatment, rioted. Police responded with rubber bullets. Tariro Washinyira was on the scene. Pictured is Tresor Mbuga, an asylum seeker from the DRC, who was injured and taken to hospital. Photo by Francois N’siku Vovelo.
Sea dwelling Cape Town resident. Photo by Masixole Feni.