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The minimum wage for domestic workers goes up by R1 an hour from next month. Photo by Masixole Feni.R1 an hour is not enough, says domestic workers’ union

The increase in minimum wages for domestic workers of R1 an hour is not enough, says Myrtle Witbooi, general secretary of the South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union (SADSAWU).

Nov 26, 2014
Thembela Ntongana
The “Corner Market” in Zwezwe, Khayelitsha. Photo by Joyce Xi.Running a vegetable shop from a wheelchair

Lulamile Witbooi lost his legs in a train accident in 1991. Today he runs the “Corner Market”, a thriving fruit and vegetable shop in Zwezwe, Khayelitsha.

Nov 26, 2014
Joyce Xi
Photo by Giorgos Moutafis. Courtesy of Medecins Sans Frontieres.“You see yourself vanishing and you think: I’m going to die”

Andaleeb Rinquest remembers the moment she accepted, with certainty, the imminence of her own death.

Nov 26, 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Angy Peter outside the Cape High Court earlier this year. Photo by Johnnie Isaac.Sentence hearing for Angy Peter begins

This week, witnesses began testifying in the sentencing hearing of Angy Peter, Isaac Mbadu, Azola Dayimani and Christopher Dina.

Nov 25, 2014
Johnnie Isaac
Informal traders wait at Fezeka Municipal offices. Photo by Tariro Washinyira.The long wait for a trading permit

At least 40 Zimbabwean informal traders fear they may lose their livelihoods after delays in getting informal trading permits from Fezeka City Council offices in Gugulethu.

Nov 25, 2014
Tariro Washinyira
Lumka and Zamantungwa Mdingi. Photo by Johnnie Isaac.Dead man left to “cook” in sun for hours

Mahlubandile Mdingi lay dead for seven hours on a street corner in Bardale extension, Mfuleni, before the health department’s pathology services took his body away.

Nov 25, 2014
Johnnie Isaac and GroundUp staff
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

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