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Pollsmoor prison cell. Photo from a presentation on tuberculosis in prison by Professor Robin Wood of the University of Cape Town. Conditions at Pollsmoor "profoundly disturbing", says judge

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Constitutional Court judge Edwin Cameron and his law clerks have published a scathing report of Pollsmoor Prison after visiting the remand centre — where awaiting trial prisoners are kept — and the women's centre on 23 April. Some of their findings are consistent with those reported by GroundUp in May.

4 Sep 2015
GroundUp Staff
Amina Stevens drives a taxi on the Cape Flats. Photo by Masixole Feni.Meet the Hanover Park woman who drives a taxi

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What’s it like to be a woman taxi driver? It’s OK, says 52 year old Amina Stevens from Hanover Park - though some of her women passengers took a while to feel safe with her.

4 Sep 2015
Siphesihle Matyila
Protesters burnt tyres in Bhunga Avenue, Langa, on 1 September. Photo by Masixole Feni.Langa housing: it's separate development all over again

Opinion:

The reason for the recent protests by Langa residents is the delay in answers to complaints and demands handed peacefully over to the Mayor’s office on the 26 July 2015.

4 Sep 2015
Vusi Mandindi
GroundUp opens in Eastern Cape

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We are pleased to announce that GroundUp has opened an Eastern Cape office in East London. This is our first office outside Cape Town.

3 Sep 2015
GroundUp Staff
Nine out of ten toilets were blocked when GroundUp visited Khayelitsha informal settlement in Duncan Village. Photo by Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik.Buffalo City janitors have to pay for their own toilet cleaning materials

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Janitors employed by the Buffalo City municipality in East London to clean toilets say they are forced to pay for cleaning materials and gloves from their own salaries.

3 Sep 2015
Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik
The long battle to get the mines to cough up

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Their lawyers are preparing to fight in court, but for many of the miners who contracted lung disease from the silica dust on South Africa’s gold mines, it’s too late.

3 Sep 2015
Text by Alide Dasnois, photos and videos by Thom Pierce
Barcelona informal settlement is filled with rubbish which residents say has not been collected for months. Photo by Masixole Feni.Barcelona residents angered by piles of rubbish

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Rubbish is piling up in front of people’s homes in Barcelona informal settlement near Gugulethu and the airport in Cape Town. Residents showed their displeasure this morning by dumping rubbish on the N2.

2 Sep 2015
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Oceana's 57-year-old fishmeal factory in Hout Bay might be closed.Jobs more important than smells, say Hangberg residents

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The proposed closure of Oceana’s Hout Bay Fishmeal and Fish Oil Facility is worrying people of Hangberg, where many employees live.

2 Sep 2015
Ashleigh Furlong
Aleck Kuhudzai and Deborah Won of the Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training and Advocacy (ARESTA). Photo by Tariro Washinyira.Refugee amendment bill is a mistake

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The phrasing of the Refugee Amendment Bill calls into question the commitment of the Department of Home Affairs to uphold its obligations under the UN Refugee Convention, write Aleck Kuhudzai and Deborah Won of the Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training and Advocacy (ARESTA).

2 Sep 2015
Aleck Kuhudzai and Deborah Won
A group of homeless men queuing for a meal at the Youth Solutions Africa shelter in Salt River on Monday night. Photo by Barbara Maregele.Church group assists overcrowded city shelter

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It's 7:30 on Monday evening and the Youth Solutions Africa shelter for the homeless in Salt River is abuzz.

2 Sep 2015
Barbara Maregele

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