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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

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.

Mar 2, 2015
Barbara Maregele
"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

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.

Mar 2, 2015
Barbara Maregele
How the Free State health system is being destroyed

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.

Feb 27, 2015
Whistleblowing doctors
Residents in Lower Crossroads descend on a crate of bread left by a Somali shopkeeper who fled the area on Thursday. Photo by Daneel Knoetze Philippi East foreigners say xenophobic hatred fuelled attacks

While community leaders in Philippi East's Marikana informal settlement quibble over the cause of Wednesday's attacks on foreign business owners, the victims testify to long-standing xenophobic undercurrents in the community.

Feb 26, 2015
Daneel Knoetze
Tlhageng residents protest over flooding after a retention dam overflowed. They claim this was avoidable if local authorities had taken heed of previous storms. Picture by Douglas Mthukwane.Residents blame local authorities for Kimberley floods

A violent rain storm that hit Kimberley on Tuesday has set flooded residents on a collision course with the local authorities.

Feb 26, 2015
Douglas Mthukwane
Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Musa Nene. Photo from Treasury website.Budget 2015: What leading activist organisations want to hear from Nene

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene will present the budget speech to Parliament today. GroundUp spoke to several social movements and leading civil society organisations to find out what they would like him to address.

Feb 25, 2015
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Siqalo informal settlement in Mitchell's Plain. Photo by Masixole Feni.Child rape case - how poor families struggle for justice

A last minute intervention by community leaders from Siqalo settlement, in Mitchells Plain, has prevented an accused child rapist from being released without charge.

Feb 24, 2015
Daneel Knoetze
“Consumers in debt should ask for help” - Flemix Advocate

Consumers who are struggling to repay their loans should take the first step and ask for help, advocate Piet Louw SC told the court on Monday.

Feb 24, 2015
Barbara Maregele
Bongani Fani is worried about how he will pay for his children's school fees. He was dismissed from Independent Media earlier this month, after delivering newspapers for 20 years. Photo by Mary-Anne Gontsana.“I loved my job,” says man dismissed by Independent Media

Bongani Peterson Fani says he only knows one thing that he does very well and that is delivering newspapers. Now that he is suddenly out of a job, he doesn't know where to begin looking for work.

Feb 24, 2015
Mary-Anne Gontsana
Adv Anton Katz and the legal team questioning the validity of garnishee orders in the Flemix case outside the Cape High Court. Picture by Masixole Feni.Flemix advocate: poor should be free to make bad deals

The group of consumers who are hoping to have their emolument attachment orders (EAO) declared invalid had the freedom to choose and “to make a bad deal,” Advocate Piet Louw SC told the court on Thursday.

Feb 20, 2015
Barbara Maregele

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