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Ali Hussein was shot twice by robbers, who also stole the documents proving that he is a refugee in South Africa. He is in pain from a bullet still lodged in his arm. Unless he gets his refugee papers replaced by Home Affairs, he will be unable to afford the operation to remove the bullet from his arm. Photo by Joyce Xi.Need that bullet removed from your arm? Then show us your papers

There’s a bullet lodged in Ali Hussein’s body, somewhere between his right shoulder and neck. It has been there for nearly two months.

Dec 22, 2014
Joyce Xi
Photo by Masixole Feni.Ebola, Lwandle and large fish: 2014 in photos

This was the year after Madiba died. We reported many tragic stories and breaches of human rights. But we also showed moments of happiness, beauty and dignity. Here is some of the best GroundUp photography and reporting of 2014.

Dec 22, 2014
GroundUp Staff
Phumeza Tisile, 23 years, at her home in Khayelitsha, South Africa on August 16, 2013, the day she celebrated her cure from XDR-TB. Photo by Sydelle Willow Smith. Caption and photo from MSF website.Phumeza's chance to hear again

A fundraising campaign has sprung up to pay for cochlear implants that would help former drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) patient and current activist Phumeza Tisile regain her hearing.

Dec 19, 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Chilling at a pub during the festive season. Photo by Masixole Feni.Township residents complain about festive season noise

Some townships residents are fed up with the noise from parties and street bashes that escalate at this time of the year.

Dec 19, 2014
Pharie Sefali
Taurai Mari says going to Zimbabwe at Christmas time depresses him. Photo by Tariro Washinyira.What immigrants do in the holidays when it's too expensive to travel home

Taurai Mari is from Zimbabwe, but he will be spending the December holidays in Cape Town. He has saved money to visit the city’s tourist destinations.

Dec 19, 2014
Tariro Washinyira
Sadie Forman on Muizenberg beach about a decade ago. Photo courtesy of Terry Bell.Farewell to a lovable revolutionary

Sadie Forman (1929-2014) one of the most unconventional, interesting and lovable fighters in the South African anti-apartheid movement, died on the morning of 11 December, aged 85. She spent the last years of her life with her daughter, Sara, in Lewes, in the East Sussex county of England. Her funeral will be held on 23 December.

Dec 19, 2014
Terry Bell
After spending much of his adult life in prison Mark Philander makes furniture in Hope Street. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.  Hope Street carpenter shut down

When it is late at night and Cape Town’s streets are quiet, Mark Philander’s faint hammering at his pavement workshop on Hope Street can still be heard.

Dec 18, 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Problems and prejudice face Nigerians in Cape Town

After two months in Cape Town, Oscar (name changed), 40, has decided to go back to Nigeria. Like many of his compatriots, he is tired of the work permit problems and the way Nigerians are treated in South Africa.

Dec 18, 2014
Tariro Washinyira
President Jacob Zuma. Photo by Eric Miller taken from Wikimedia. License: CC BY-SA 2.0.No sign of Zuma’s sanitary towels

In 2011, President Jacob Zuma made promises about the provision of sanitary towels to poor women. Three years later, GroundUp tried to find out whether these promises have been kept.

Dec 17, 2014
Pharie Sefali
A school boy walks through an empty field in De Doorns during the time of the farm worker strike in 2012. The Department of Labour is currently investigating allegations of child labour on one of the valley's farms. Photo by Kate Stegeman. R3.30 an hour: De Doorns child labour probed

The Department of Labour is investigating allegations of child labour on a grape and mushroom farm in the Hex Valley, outside De Doorns.

Dec 15, 2014
Daneel Knoetze

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