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Lawlessness at Gupta mines was behind deadly tragedy

Men trapped underground at Gloria Coal Mine were allegedly stealing cable

By Ciaran Ryan - 18 February 2019
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The men who make a living from an old gold mine dump

“The gold is right here in the soil”

By Kimberly Mutandiro - 14 February 2019
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Unemployment: our biggest problem

We are taking an in-depth look at the issue South Africans are most concerned about

By Aidan Jones - 12 February 2019
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Mantashe inspects West Coast mine ahead of its expansion plans

Mining department granted Tormin prospecting rights to substantial part of coastline and 15km of Oliphants River estuary

By John Yeld - 12 February 2019

Sex workers campaign for law to be changed

“It’s like any other type of work”

By Ashraf Hendricks and GroundUp Staff - 4 February 2019
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Mushroomville waste pickers avoid eviction, for now

“It’s not an easy life but I have to do it to support my family back home”

By Zoë Postman - 4 February 2019
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Gloria Matsala walks 10km every day to wait for work on the side of the road. This month, she’s earned R100

Jobseekers hope for domestic work

By Kimberly Mutandiro - 30 January 2019
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Elderly residents of Durban have waited decades, in vain, for housing

“I grew old here, and so will my grandchildren.”

By Nomfundo Xolo - 25 January 2019
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Thousands of learners still don’t have transport to school

Equal Education calls for change in funding

By Kim Reynolds - 18 January 2019
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Coal miner community shows the beautiful side of SA

Shafted by the Guptas, the people of Blinkpan, Mpumalanga have come together across race and class to help each other

By Ciaran Ryan - 18 January 2019
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City accused of destroying occupied shacks in Khayelitsha

Authorities say shacks were unoccupied but residents say otherwise

By Vincent Lali - 15 January 2019
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2018: News that mattered

Land occupations on the increase, Post Office takes over social grant payments, corruption exposed at PRASA and DAFF, but also good-news stories featuring ordinary South Africans

By GroundUp Staff - 19 December 2018
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Why are the lights off at PRASA?

Claims, counter claims and racketeering allegations in PRASA fencing contract

By Steve Kretzmann - 13 December 2018
Portia Michaels has stayed in Longlands for 28 years.

Farm community demands homes promised over a decade ago

Stellenbosch Municipality blames developer for delays

By Barbara Maregele - 7 December 2018
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How a hijacked organisation scored millions from the Lottery

Troubling questions for the COO of the National Lotteries Commission

By Raymond Joseph and Anton van Zyl - 22 November 2018
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Border War veterans fall through the cracks of reconciliation

“32 Battalion raped our women. They killed our brothers and sisters. It’s painful living with the legacy of their oppression.”

Text by Christopher Clark. Photos by Shaun Swingler. - 19 November 2018