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Par Excellence primary level learners. Photo by Tariro Washinyira.Zimbabweans form local study group

Zimbabwean teachers and students sometimes find it hard to integrate to South African schools. Established in January 2014, Par excellence is a study group with teachers and 20 Zimbabwean students located in Salt River. They are mainly high school repeaters and a few primary school children whose parents could not get places for them in major South African schools.

Sep 2, 2014
Tariro Washinyira
There is a stockout of nevirapine syrup in the public health system. Note: the syrup in the photo is made by a different manufacturer to the one responsible for supplying it to the health department. Photo by Flickr user Mike Blyth (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).Shortage of drug that prevents babies from getting HIV

The National Department of Health (NDoH) has sent out a circular nationally to all doctors, nurses and pharmacists informing them of a shortage of a paediatric anti-AIDS drug called nevirapine, used to prevent HIV infection in the newborn children of mothers with HIV.

Sep 2, 2014
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Sunday, 31 August, was Overdose Awareness Day. Workers at the TB/HIV Care Association and users released these helium balloons, each one in memory of an individual who had lost their life due to an overdose.Healthcare workers worry injecting heroin on increase

Sunday 31 August was International Overdose Awareness Day. Health workers in Cape Town have warned of a possible increase in drug overdoses and the spread of infectious diseases, including HIV, if the use of needles to inject drugs increases.

Sep 2, 2014
Ian Broughton
Dayanaud Loykissoonlal, programme manager for medical male circumcision at the national Department of Health,  cutting the ribbon to launch the new mobile theatres. On the right is Nikki Soboil, CEO of SACTWU Health Programme.  Photo by Masixole Feni.Circumcision just got easier

In a bid to get thousands of men in the Western Cape circumcised, the national department of health (NDoH) officially cut the ribbon to launch the new mobile theatres which will be going around the Cape’s remote areas, to get males circumcised.

Sep 1, 2014
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Metro police arrive to enforce evictions at Marikana settlement, Philippi East, Cape Town, 24 August 2014. Photo by Masixole Feni.What the law has to say about evictions

The law on evictions has changed since the landmark Grootboom judgment in the Constitutional Court in 2000. But the recent spate of evictions and demolitions of shelters in informal settlements in the Western Cape – Lwandle, Philippi East, and Khayelitsha – must make the right to housing ring hollow for those left homeless, writes Sandra Liebenberg.

Sep 1, 2014
Sandra Liebenberg
Mandi Mudarikwa, Axolile Notywala and Zackie Achmat viewing the report for the first time. Photo by Adam Armstrong.Khayelitsha commission: rift between police and community “not irretrievable”

The commission into policing in Khayelitsha has recommended that in order to restore a good working relationship with the community, the South African Police Services should promise to be respectful, transparent, and perform their duties in a professional manner.

Aug 29, 2014
Barbara Maregele
Public Order Policing commander Captain Potgieter, accompanied by police advocate Ncumisa Mayosi, questioned at the Lwandle Commission of Inquiry. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.Police hammered on Lwandle eviction violence

At the Lwandle Commission of Inquiry today, the police were hammered for failing to engage community leaders in an attempt to prevent the escalation of violence during evictions at Lwandle informal settlement in June. Such a failure falls foul of the legal requirements for public order policing.

Aug 28, 2014
Daneel Knoetze
A prison cell. Photo from Robin Wood's presentation at the SA TB Conference.In the footsteps of Dudley Lee: prisoners to sue government

Several prisoners intend suing the Department of Correctional Services because they contracted tuberculosis (TB) in prison.

Aug 28, 2014
GroundUp Staff
Advocate William King SC for the defence. Photo by Johnnie Isaac.Angy Peter trial: judge wants police to explain mistakes

Police statements to the media after the arrest of Social Justice Coalition activists came under the spotlight in the Angy Peter trial today.

Aug 28, 2014
Johnnie Isaac
A child draws water in Liphalale, Mpumalanga. Photo by Mujahid Safodien.The week in activism

This week in political activism we look at calls for help from Grahamstown, the plight of coal communities, a symposium on gender equality, and documenting the struggles of four informal settlements in South Africa.

Aug 27, 2014
Thembela Ntongana

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