GOVERNMENT

It’s still dark in Khayelitsha

Earlier this year, GroundUp published a story on the issue of street lights not working on Lansdowne Road in Khayelitsha.

Nokubonga Yawa - 12 September 2012

Five years and still no street lights on N2 Gateway

Delft ward councillor Michael Sandile Toko is in charge of ward 20 which includes Voorbrug, Eindhoven and Delft South. His duties include bringing services and projects provided by the City of Cape Town to the people of these areas.

Mary-Jane Matsolo - 12 September 2012

Athlone councillor finds ways to counter violence and drug use

Some parts of Athlone have serious violence and drug problems. We interviewed the ward councillor for these areas to find out what's being done about it.

Margo Fortune - 5 September 2012

Khayelitsha Councillor: City ignores my community

The councillor for a major ward in Khayelitsha says the city is ignoring the real needs of his community.

Mary-Jane Matsolo - 5 September 2012

Marinovich on Marikana and journalism

GroundUp interviewed investigative journalist Greg Marinovich, who has published shocking findings about the deaths of miners at Marikana.

Mara Kardas-Nelson - 4 September 2012

Behind the political posturing and defensiveness are people with genuine unfilled needs

None of the big political parties are showing the kind of leadership that is needed when it comes to housing.

Nathan Geffen - 29 August 2012

Service delivery failures: we need leadership not opportunists

I live in a house in Nyanga township in Cape Town. But before 1994 I lived in Nyanga Bush in a tent, then a plastic shack, then a corrugated iron shack.

Vuyiseka Dubula - 8 August 2012

My Vote Counts campaign launched

This past Saturday, 28 July, saw the launch of the ‘My Vote Counts’ campaign. The event took place at the District Six Museum in Cape Town and was attended by more than 40 social activists, all of whom participated in their personal capacities. The occasion was marked by speeches from veteran activist Zackie Achmat, director of Cape Town-based social justice organisation Ndifuna Ukwazi, and well-known cartoonist Jonathan ‘Zapiro’ Shapiro.

Fritz Schoon - 1 August 2012

Gay and lesbian activists protest Holomisa’s call for review

Last Wednesday, gay and lesbian rights organisations handed a memorandum to the ANC Western Cape representative, Songezo Mjongile.

Tariro Washinyira - 25 July 2012

Of transitions, nonsense and historical distortions

“What the country now needs is growth with social justice. And this will require the state to play a major role in creating the conditions and dictating the policy direction of economic growth.”

Terry Bell - 4 July 2012

White youth as part of a larger community

This is a speech given by journalist Waldimar Pelser at an Ndifuna Ukwazi seminar on 16 June.

Waldimar Pelser - 27 June 2012

Political advisors must stay away from tenders

The authors argue that the recent findings by the Public Protector on the Western Cape Communications tender are not a storm in a teacup.

Fatima Hassan and Greg Solik - 27 June 2012

Nyanga housing delays anger residents

"Every time we think we are getting somewhere, we just go right back to square one." These are the words of Thembisa Maso, a KTC resident and mother of three who has been waiting for her house to be completed.

Mary-Anne Gontsana - 27 June 2012

How immigrants are scammed at Maitland Home Affairs

GroundUp received several allegations that bribes are commonplace at Maitland Refugee Reception Centre. We decided to investigate.

Tariro Washinyira - 29 May 2012

Traditional Courts Bill “authoritarian and patriarchal”

Civil society organizations expressed concern during recent public hearings on the Traditional Courts Bill at the Western Cape Legislature.

Tariro Washinyira and Veronica Washaya - 10 May 2012

Lindela accused of poor handling of meningitis case

A Zimbabwean man became extremely ill after contracting meningitis at Lindela Repatriation Centre. His family has accused the Department of Home Affairs of infringing their rights by failing to inform them timeously.

Tariro Washinyira - 10 May 2012