Workers at E&T Meyer Droë  Heuwel accuse Edgar Meyer of physically and verbally abusing them. Photo by Thembela Ntongana.Abuse allegations against Philippi farmer

Thirteen workers from a farm in Philippi have accused their employer of contract breaches, unfair dismissal and abuse. But farm owner Edgar Meyer denies the allegations, and says that the proper dismissal process was followed.

Nov 24, 2014
Thembela Ntongana
Ricardo Vermeulen, who has recovered from drug addiction, works at the soup kitchen. Photo by Katy Scott.Amidst acrimony, Somerset West soup kitchen to be replaced by transport hub

The Helderberg Street People’s Centre (HSPC), a soup kitchen for the poor in Somerset West, has been given notice by the City to quit its premises by 31 January 2015.

Nov 24, 2014
Katy Scott
Gcinikhaya Ngqaqu, the legal adviser for shackdwellers at Erf 149 in Philippi, explains to residents the High Court decision to postpone an eviction application by the landowner of the plot which they occupied in August this year. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Court orders City to conduct census of Marikana

On Thursday, residents of Marikana informal settlement’s Rolihlahla Park section welcomed a Western Cape High Court postponement of an eviction hearing. The court ordered that the City of Cape Town compile an audit of the households living on the erf in question to determine who will need emergency temporary accommodation if an eviction order is granted.

Nov 21, 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. Photo by Thembela Ntongana.Zimbabweans can now stay longer for the festive season

On Thursday, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced that Zimbabweans intending to travel home for the festive season will be able to do so even if their permits have not been issued.

Nov 21, 2014
Tariro Washinyira
Umkwetha singing. Photo by Masixole Feni.Urban initiates: are the teachings still relevant?

In many African cultures, boys from age 14 must go through the process of initiation, where they are circumcised in order to be recognized as men by the community. But how relevant is the ceremony for today’s urban youth and are the traditions being upheld in the cities?

Nov 20, 2014
Pharie Sefali
(from left to right) Joan van Niekerk, president of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Bathabile Dlamini Minister of Social Development and Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, Deputy Minister of Social Development at the launch of the SA Child Gauge 2014. Photo by Mary-Anne Gontsana.Prevention strategies the key to curbing violence against children

“South Africa has no national statistics on violence against children,” says Shanaaz Mathews, director of the Children's Institute at the University of Cape Town. In the absence of statistics, the South African Child Gauge looks at community-based studies. The 9th issue was launched in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Nov 20, 2014
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Metrorail has been struggling with cable theft and delays. Photo by Masixole Feni.Fines, firings and written warnings thanks to Metrorail delays

While Metrorail guards demand train tickets, a poor service leaves many commuters to face the consequences of being late.

Nov 20, 2014
Tariro Washinyira and Zintle Swana
Winter in Khayelitsha. Photo by Phumeza Mlungwana.Link between poor housing, traffic deaths and education outcomes

The 7th annual Irene Grootboom Memorial Dialogues, which explore the continuation of Cape Town’s “spatial apartheid”, are underway. On Tuesday night, the focus was on the spate of shack evictions around the city this year, and the correlation between poor, densely populated areas and traffic deaths and education outcomes.

Nov 19, 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Lin talks to her assistants while sitting in front of her shop in Khayelitsha. Photo by Joyce Xi.We know how to bear hardships, says Chinese trader in Khayelitsha

Next to a small fruit stand and across the street from a hodgepodge of street vendors, Cuiyi Lin sits in front of her furniture store every day waiting for customers. She is the only non-African in the area.

Nov 19, 2014
Joyce Xi
Study shows how HIV+ women can reduce risk to their babies

Pregnant women with HIV can take three anti-HIV medicines instead of one to reduce the risk of their infants contracting the virus, according to results of a study released yesterday.

Nov 18, 2014
GroundUp staff