Photo Essay

The South African National Defence Force (SANDS) is deployed to the Cape Flats to help the police quell gang violence.

Cape Flats residents cheer arrival of army

Military deployed on Mandela Day to help quell Cape Town’s gang crime

By Ashraf Hendricks - 19 July 2019
Youth from Vrygrond build a sculpture titled "Ubuntu"

Township youths build exquisite sculpture

It doesn’t make all the violence stop but it reminds people that there is beauty in the world, says volunteer

By Ashraf Hendricks - 12 July 2019
Photo of a woman

Life in Plastic City is hard, but being an immigrant makes it worse

Mozambican immigrants and Xitsonga-speakers say they are discriminated against

By Kimberly Mutandiro - 8 July 2019
Photo of a shack under water

No water, no toilets, no electricity in Qandu-qandu

Thousands in Khayelitsha informal settlement hope and wait for basic services

Text by Mary-Anne Gontsana. Photos by Masixole Feni. - 1 July 2019
Photo of an informal settlement

The people of Plastic City cannot even afford zinc shacks

People live in homes built of discarded board and plastic next to a Brakpan dump site

By Kimberly Mutandiro - 27 June 2019
Photo of a shack room hanging on overehead electrical wires

Cape Town storm pics: informal settlements hard hit by high winds

“The house was shaking and if I slept I knew I would be putting my life in danger”

By Velani Ludidi - 23 June 2019
Photo of trolley pushers

Hard work and little pay: pushing heavily-laden trolleys while dodging traffic

Competition is stiff between the men who push trolleys for vendors in the Cape Town city centre

Text by Tariro Washinyira. Photos by Ashraf Hendricks. - 21 June 2019
Photo of people carrying refuse bags

Community clean up turns waste into arts and crafts

Clean My Space initiative in Khayelitsha has ballooned to 180 members

Text by Mary-Anne Gontsana. Photos by Masixole Feni. - 7 June 2019
Photo of flooded shacks

Shacks flood in Cape Town rains

700 homes affected says City

By Velani Ludidi - 6 June 2019
For Eid-Al Fitr, Nakhlistan will feed akhni to over 85 000 people in need.

Nakhlistan’s 300 volunteers will feed 85,000 for Eid

300 volunteers, 169 pots, and more than four tons of meat

By Ashraf Hendricks - 5 June 2019
Thousands of learners in Kraaifontein protest again overcrowding

Thousands of learners protest in Kraaifontein

Frustration with overcrowded classrooms

By Ashraf Hendricks - 16 May 2019
Roads were blocked with burning tires and debris early in the morning inside Grabouw. Some residence who were watching were not sure why the the protest was happening or who the leaders were.

Grabouw community divided as protests continue

Tensions rise along racial lines

By Ashraf Hendricks - 14 May 2019
Photo of demolished shacks

“I am left with this blanket and winter is coming”

Strand land occupiers who are staying in community halls say they have nowhere to go

Text by Velani Ludidi. Photos by Masixole Feni. - 14 May 2019
Photo of woman who has voted

In photos: South Africans brave cold and wet weather to vote

Voters, including ANC ones, express hope for change after decade of state capture

By GroundUp Staff - 8 May 2019
Photo of a man drinking beer

“I raised my children by selling home brewed beer”

Traditional beer is cheap and popular in Tsakane township

By Kimberly Mutandiro - 2 May 2019
Dunoons new state-of-the art library

A look inside Dunoons new state-of-the-art library

Five years in the making, the R42-million facility is now open

By Ashraf Hendricks - 27 April 2019