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After spending much of his adult life in prison Mark Philander makes furniture in Hope Street. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.  Hope Street carpenter shut down

Featured Story: When it is late at night and Cape Town’s streets are quiet, Mark Philander’s faint hammering at his pavement workshop on Hope Street can still be heard.

18 Dec 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Daniel Kalu from Nigeria earns a living in Cape Town by modelling and bartending. Photo courtesy of Kalu.Problems and prejudice face Nigerians in Cape Town

News: After two months in Cape Town, Oliver, 40, has decided to go back to Nigeria. Like many of his compatriots, he is tired of the work permit problems and the way Nigerians are treated in South Africa.

18 Dec 2014
Tariro Washinyira
Shacks in Site C Khayelitsha. Dr Geerts says we need an alternative to our current economics. Photo by Masixole Feni.Time for an economic alternative

Opinion: The old ideas about economics are not working and we are in an unstable period, where alternative ideas should be considered, tested and grown, writes Sofie Geerts.

18 Dec 2014
Dr Sofie Geerts
President Jacob Zuma. Photo by Eric Miller taken from Wikimedia. License: CC BY-SA 2.0.No sign of Zuma’s sanitary towels

News: In 2011, President Jacob Zuma made promises about the provision of sanitary towels to poor women. Three years later, GroundUp tried to find out whether these promises have been kept.

17 Dec 2014
Pharie Sefali
Rally in New York City to raise the minimum wage. Photo by Flickr user Otto Yamamoto. (License: CC BY-SA 2.0)Minimum wage debate: the old cheap labour system will get us nowhere

Opinion: The low wage argument is a red herring, argue Gilad Isaacs and Ben Fine in the latest contribution to the minimum wage debate.

17 Dec 2014
Gilad Isaacs and Ben Fine
Collapsed Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2013. Photo from Wikimedia Commons uploaded by user Rijans007 (CC BY-SA 2.0).Cape Town congress shows how Rana Plaza offers hope for workers' rights

Opinion: Rana Plaza was the deadliest factory disaster in history. On April 23 last year a shoddily built eight-storey building in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, collapsed.

15 Dec 2014
Terry Bell
A school boy walks through an empty field in De Doorns during the time of the farm worker strike in 2012. The Department of Labour is currently investigating allegations of child labour on one of the valley's farms. Photo by Kate Stegeman. R3.30 an hour: De Doorns child labour probed

Featured Story: The Department of Labour is investigating allegations of child labour on a grape and mushroom farm in the Hex Valley, outside De Doorns.

15 Dec 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Fluoxetine, better known by the brand name Prozac, is used to treat depression.Empty medicine shelves of Gauteng hospital

Photo story: Gauteng hospitals are suffering severe medicine stockouts. Here are photos that GroundUp has obtained of the empty shelves of a pharmacy in a Gauteng tertiary hospital. All the medicines shown (or, to be more precise, not shown) are used to treat psychiatric conditions.

12 Dec 2014
GroundUp Staff
A fire in an Mfuleni hostel gutted the place and surrounding shacks. Photo by Masixole Feni.Witness says fire that left over 20 homeless was started by man high on tik

Brief: At noon on 10 December more than 20 people were left homeless by a fire at a hostel in Mfuleni.

11 Dec 2014
Pharie Sefali
Nolubabalo Nkosi says she bought her dreads at a salon in Langa for R2,000 and had to pay R300 for the hairstylist to lock her new dreads with her own short hair. Photo by Pharie Sefali.Don’t touch me on my dreads

News: Anelisa Sonjola from Khayelitsha says that last week she was mugged. And robbed of her dreadlocks!

11 Dec 2014
Pharie Sefali

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