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Elections: what people are saying

GroundUp spoke to people about the elections, asking whether they would vote, who they would vote for and why. This is the first of a series GroundUp will be running.

Apr 16, 2014
Mary-Anne Gontsana and Pharie Sefali


A march through Khayelitsha arranged by the SJC in support of the Khayelitsha Commission, 27 January. Photo by Dustin Kramer.SJC “delighted” at progress of Khayelitsha Commission

News: The Social Justice Coalition is “delighted” at the progress of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry into policing, said the coalition’s Joel Bregman.

Apr 16, 2014
Adam Armstrong
Cape Town Pride parade. Photo by Odette Fouche.Where to for Cape Town Pride?

Opinion: At a meeting on 12 April convened by Ikasi Pride, members of a divided gay and lesbian community discussed the future of gay pride in the city, its steady depoliticisation, its lack of community outreach and its image problem.

Apr 15, 2014
Brent Meersman
David Olyn. Photo by Kenith Abrahams.Murder in Ceres: gay people are not safe, says activist

News: Activist Kenith Abrahams, who was a friend of David Olyn, a gay man murdered in Ceres three weeks ago, says gay people in the community do not feel safe.

Apr 15, 2014
Pharie Sefali
School children at Imperial Primary School in Eastridge, Mitchell's Plain.  Photo by Henry Trotter under CC ASA 2.5.A year of compulsory community service for new teachers?

Opinion: On April Fool’s day, GroundUp published a story which claimed that government had made it compulsory for teacher graduates to provide their services in non-model C government schools for one year.

Apr 15, 2014
Joshua Maserow
Electron micrograph of Hepatitis C virus. Source Wikipedia.Deadly disease that’s curable if you’re rich

News: Around the world, 180 million people are infected with hepatitis C. But you would be forgiven if you asked, “What is hepatitis C?”.

Apr 15, 2014
Dr Mark Sonderup
The Western Cape has the highest access to flush toilets in the country.Transparency is what is needed SJC tells City

News: Deputy General Secretary of the Social Justice Coalition Dustin Kramer continues his exchange with the City’s Paul Boughey, Chief of Staff to the Executive Mayor of Cape Town.

Apr 14, 2014
Dustin Kramer
The road into Enkanini: a sandy track off Baden Powell Drive. Photo by Adam Armstrong.Enkanini’s “field of death”

News: Residents of Enkanini informal settlement in Khayelitsha say they have taken it upon themselves to deal with thugs that are terrorising the community.

Apr 14, 2014
Johnnie Isaac
John Januarie seated during his interview. Photo by Jason Jardem.Elandskloof 18 years after restitution

News: The Elandskloof community, forcefully removed from their land in 1962, was the first successful restitution case in post-apartheid South Africa. Yet, the way the process has unfolded, has left several community members feeling angry and frustrated, 18 years after their historic victory.

Apr 14, 2014
Joshua Maserow and Jason Jardem
Green leaf vegetables have over the past few years come to dominate immigrant green market stalls. Photo by Ras MiJa.Zimbabweans introduce South Africans to new greens

News: A novelty to South Africans, various green leaf vegetables have over the past few years come to dominate immigrant green market stalls all over the city of Cape Town. The veggies, shunned by many locals, are favoured by many refugees from northern and central African countries.

Apr 14, 2014
Ras MiJa
Luyanda Mangali. Photo by Luyanda Mangali.Musos keep their ballots secret

Review: With parties in full swing out campaigning, some will hire artists and bands to perform at election rallies. GroundUp asked some performers how they will vote, but most wouldn’t disclose, out of fear of being sidelined on various platforms, losing their funding or alienating their audience.

Apr 14, 2014
Dumisani Dabadini
Masithandane Football Club. Photo by Bulelani Ngovi.‘A place where we ought to love one another’

News: Emasithandane home, founded in 1994 in Nyanga, currently looks after 39 children, most of them HIV infected and affected. 20 years later, it is still going strong despite financial constraints.

Apr 14, 2014
Bulelani Ngovi
Unimportance: an extract from Thando Mgqolozana’s latest novel

Book extract: Unimportance, Thando Mgqolozana’s latest novel was launched at the Book Lounge, Roeland Street, Cape Town on 11 April.

Apr 14, 2014
Thando Mgqolozana
Terry Bell.Still seeking fairness on the farms

Opinion: Farm employer organisation AgriSA last week met with trade union representatives in an effort to strike a deal to allow unionisation on farms — and especially in the winelands of the Western Cape. “Most farmers still will not allow union representatives onto their properties,” says Federation of Unions (Fedusa) general secretary Dennis George.

Apr 14, 2014
Terry Bell
Axolile Notywala of the SJC speaks from the floor during last night's election debate. Photo by Craig Oosthuizen.Party supporters embarrass their leaders at Khayelitsha election debate

News: On April 10, an election debate convened by Equal Education and Ndifuna Ukwazi in Khayelitsha with the DA, EFF, Agang and Cosatu, was disrupted by unruly party members.

Apr 11, 2014
Pharie Sefali
Some Rwandans in Cape Town say they feel they are being “forced” to reconcile. Photo by Tariro Washinyira.20 years later, Rwandans still struggling to reconcile

News: Rwandan Hutu cousins, Hakizimana and Kwizera (not their real names), aged 30 and 35, believe the 1994 genocide story is told in a partisan manner, and they say the reconciliation and unity policy is government imposed.

Apr 11, 2014
Tariro Washinyira
Representatives of the political parties at last night's debate. Photo by Craig Oosthuizen.Election debate in Khayelitsha

News: On April 10, at Lookout Hill, Khayelitsha, representatives of the ANC, DA, EFF, and Agang SA spoke about their parties’ policies. But the debate ended, before many questions could be asked.

Apr 11, 2014
Craig Oosthuizen