Gladys Mafita has been living without water or electricity for nine months now. Photo by Tariro Washinyira.False Bay domestic worker paid nothing for 14 years

Featured Story: A 61-year-old Zimbabwean domestic worker, Gladys Mafita, claims her False Bay employer fired her without payment after 14 years.The employer is Daniel Deng, son of Francis Deng, the first ambassador of South Sudan to the United States.

4 Mar 2015
Tariro Washinyira
On Monday, Law Enforcement and City contractors removed shacks erected in Langa TRA over the weekend. The evictees are the latest victims of a corrupt plot selling syndicate operating in the TRA, says a resident activist. Photo by Tumi Ramahlele.Shack scam: Langa activist fears for her life

Featured Story: Langa residents are asking why a man accused of fraudulent plot sales to dozens of poor people has still not been arrested, while the activist who exposed him fears for her life.

4 Mar 2015
Daneel Knoetze
Sibongile Centre offers care to children with disabilities in Khayelitsha. Photo by Nomasango Xabanisa.Sibongile - help for children with disabilities

News: Nomasango Xabanisa knows only too well how time-consuming it is to look after a disabled child. Her own daughter, Sibongile, had cerebral palsy.

3 Mar 2015
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Life remains intolerably hard for most South Africans

Opinion: Wednesday was Budget day in South Africa, an annual event for the state. But for most citizens, budget day is every day or, if they a slightly luckier, a weekly or monthly calculation to try to remain at least afloat economically. So what happened last week, along with the plaudits and the protests reflected in the media, will not cause any excitement for more than half the population.

3 Mar 2015
Terry Bell
Lonwabo Nkonzo, head boy at The Leadership College addresses his fellow students during their early morning assembly. Photo by Barbara Maregele.Manenberg school highlights public versus private education debate

Featured Story: An independent school in Manenberg, one of Cape Town's most gang-ridden communities, had better matric results last year than any state school in the area has ever achieved. But educationalists are divided as to whether it is a model that should be scaled up.

2 Mar 2015
Barbara Maregele
Mlondolozi Madlingozi rebuilding his shack. Photo by Masixole Feni.City does not care if it is wrong as long as no one else knows it

Opinion: When the Madlingozi family in Mfuleni extended their shack without authorisation, the City of Cape Town removed the extensions, amidst a dispute over the facts. Jared Sacks argues that the City presented its position without checking the facts.

2 Mar 2015
Jared Sacks
"Alternative Inclusive Pride" activists hold a banner accusing the mainstream gay pride march of being racist. Photo by Barbara Maregele.Gay and lesbian activists call for "racist" Cape Town Pride to be more inclusive

News: For 25-year-old, Aphiwe Mikana from Gugulethu, raising awareness about what it means to be lesbian is more than brightly coloured floats or a day of dancing through city streets.

2 Mar 2015
Barbara Maregele
Premier Ace Magashule. Photo taken from Free State government website.Response by Free State government to whistleblowers

Opinion: On Friday 27 February GroundUp published a whistleblowers' account of the state of the Free State health system. Before publishing GroundUp sent a list of questions to the Free State Department of Health and the office of Premier Ace Magashule. Here is a response written by Mondli Mvambi of the health department and Makalo Mohale of the premier's office.

28 Feb 2015
Mondli Mvambi and Makalo Mohale , for the Free State government
How the Free State health system is being destroyed

Featured Story: Doctors working in the Free State public health system have written a devastating indictment of MEC for Health Benny Malakoane as well as Premier Ace Magashule. They describe how through a combination of ineptitude, corruption and neglect the Free State Health system has been brought close to collapse.

27 Feb 2015
Whistleblowing doctors
Houses of Parliament (Cape Town) by I, PhilippN. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.orgHelp us help you, Minister Nene

Analysis: For 21 years, the Minister of Finance has tabled budgets announcing that large amounts of money will go to social services that are meant to improve the lives of the poor. But, even the staunchest government supporter would agree that the country has not derived full benefit from this money. Year after year the Auditor General, Public Protector and others report on inefficiency, poor accounting and corruption in all categories of public spending.

27 Feb 2015
Albert van Zyl