Photo Essay

Tension over family living in historical Muslim cemetery

"You don’t want to do anything that’s going to starve the kids,” says neighbour


15 June 2016

Hangberg’s dog rescuer

Up in the cramped Hout Bay district of Hangberg, Shaygam Newman lives on the edge with a dream - to develop the refuge he maintains for dogs and cats


8 June 2016

Mfuleni’s homemade gym

Aleas Stokwe used his personal savings to start a gym in his home for his neighbourhood

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2 June 2016

This simple task is a nightmare if you live in a shack

Just washing your clothes is slow, difficult and dangerous

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23 May 2016

Riot in Grabouw over housing

Traffic department destroyed and schools closed


11 May 2016

Quest for water in an Eastern Cape village

In March I visited a village in Pondoland in the Eastern Cape for two weeks as part of GroundUp's investigation into the province's dagga trade.


22 April 2016

Boxing tournament brings much needed recreation to Mfuleni

"We want youth to be active and their parents to see them doing something positive"


23 February 2016

A day in the life of a postwoman

Rain or shine, Priscilla Njamele is out delivering mail in the city bowl

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10 February 2016

The scrap collectors

Across the city there are people who survive by collecting things we throw away


29 January 2016

Fire in Langa destroys dozens of homes

A fire in an informal settlement in Langa earlier today destroyed dozens of shacks, leaving many homeless.


12 January 2016

The forgotten people of the Western Cape

Klipheuwel is an informal settlement about 10km north of Durbanville. It seldom gets any news coverage. GroundUp's photographer, Masixole Feni, spent time in the area.

2015 in photos

From the horrors of the Free State health system to student protests and the demands for President Zuma to fall, here is a collection of some of GroundUp's finest photos and stories from 2015.