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Hip hop artist Emile YX speaking to a group of Lavender High School students after the screening of "Afrikaaps"  on Monday. Picture by Barbara MaregeleWhere does the word "gogga" come from?

The hall at Lavender Hill high school erupted in giggling and whispers on Monday as students watched the documentary “Afrikaaps” on the story of the Afrikaans language and the origin of words like “Yoh!” and “gogga.”

Jul 28, 2015
Barbara Maregele
Nobongile Ninini, mother of slain Bongiwe, is comforted by Neli Natal and Nomzobanzi Sgelem at yesterday's protest."Arrest rapists and murderers, or community will impose the death sentence on them," says community leader

About 150 Khayelitsha residents marched along Lansdowne Road on Monday before gathering and praying at the scene where Bongiwe Ninini (20) was murdered on 17 July.

Jul 28, 2015
Vincent Lali
Zip Zap performers impressed the crowd with stunts on the trampoline. Photo by Mary-Anne GontsanaJuggling for Jack: How the Zip Zap circus helped a six-year-old boy

The Zip Zap Circus School dome in the city centre was packed on Saturday afternoon as the circus put on a show to raise funds for severely disabled six-year-old Jack Bain.

Jul 28, 2015
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Sakhile Mbatha has started a tackie laundry.Perhaps it's time you cleaned your tackies?

Because two brothers hated getting their sneakers dirty and could not bear wearing dirty shoes, they came up with the unique idea of opening a tackie laundry.

Jul 27, 2015
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Blikkiesdorp. Photo by Ashleigh Furlong.City and Blikkiesdorp residents fail to see eye-to-eye

“Residents of Blikkiesdorp do not trust the City [of Cape Town government],” says a Blikkiesdorp leader, Jerome Daniels. A meeting on Thursday night highlighted the ongoing tensions between this community and the City.

Jul 27, 2015
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Two homeless men sleep nights under a bridge on the N2 entering Cape Town. Picture Masixole Feni.Strange beds

The homeless in Cape Town find refuge wherever they can and sometimes in the most surprising spaces. Where they sleep is often precarious and exposed to various hazards from bad weather and pollution to criminals or people who don't want them around. Although mostly transient, homeless people will often stay in the same place, wherever it is they have managed to carve out a shelter for themselves. Some homeless people have lived in a suburb or street for longer than many residents who live there in brick and mortar buildings.

Jul 24, 2015
Pictures by Masixole Feni., Text by Brent Meersman
Residents of Sobantu, Pietermaritzburg, try to hand over a memorandum to the mayor against the prepaid electricity system. Picture by Ntombi Mbomvu.Protest turns ugly and mayor snubs memorandum

On Thursday, following protests at Sobantu in Pietermaritzburg on Monday police used rubber bullets and teargas to disperse angry residents blocking road access to the township. This came after Msunduzi Municipality refused to accept the hand over of a memorandum from the residents.

Jul 24, 2015
Ntombi Mbomvu
The Social Justice Coalition, Ndifuna Ukwazi, the Community Law Centre and the Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative convened seminar on policing at the University of the Western Cape. Picture by Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik.Khayelitsha residents stuck with severe lack of police resources

Eleven months after the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry into policing released its finding that the South African Police Service (SAPS) allocation of resources was unfair and irrational, the situation has hardly improved. Khayelitsha residents still suffer from a severe lack of police resources and there are still reports of poor communication and distrust between the police and the community.

Jul 23, 2015
Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik
N1 (South Africa), Pretoria by Kameraad Pjotr. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/How I was "ransomed" hitching back from Zimbabwe

A freelance reporter for GroundUp found himself all but held hostage on his way back hitchhiking from Zimbabwe.

Jul 23, 2015
Bernard Chiguvare
Adv Anton Katz and the legal team questioning the validity of garnishee orders in the Flemix case outside the Cape High Court in February. Picture by Masixole Feni.New law to curb illegal debt deductions

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development are about to submit a new Magistrates' Court Amendment Bill in a bid to curb “illegal” garnishee orders.

Jul 23, 2015
Barbara Maregele

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