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Switch on the lights

Providing working street lights is an important part of a city administration's duties. Street lights help people to walk or drive safely after dark. Last week it was reported that half the road deaths in the Western Cape are pedestrians. Lack of lighting as well as walkways across busy roads are likely among the causes of this.

GroundUp Editor


Government formula milk sold for profit

Some spaza shop owners in Khayelitsha are selling Department of Health (DoH) formula milk that is marked “Not for resale”. This milk is supposed to be given free to HIV-positive mothers to give to their babies instead of breast milk.

Mary-Jane Matsolo

It's still dark in Khayelitsha

Earlier this year, GroundUp published a story on the issue of street lights not working on Lansdowne Road in Khayelitsha.

Nokubonga Yawa

Five years and still no street lights on N2 Gateway

Delft ward councillor Michael Sandile Toko is in charge of ward 20 which includes Voorbrug, Eindhoven and Delft South. His duties include bringing services and projects provided by the City of Cape Town to the people of these areas.

Mary-Jane Matsolo

Picking up the pieces left by a corrupt councillor

Umrhabulo Triangle is the name of ward 96 in Makhaza Khayelitsha. Former ward councilor, Thabile Maxon Ludidi, had to step down when he faced corruption charges. Now 34-year old Councillor, Danile Khatshwa, is having to pick up the pieces.

Nokubonga Yawa

Judge dismisses Homes Affairs case: New asylum seekers must be served

More than 300 new asylum-seekers staged a protest outside the Department of Home Affairs' Refugee Centre on Cape Town's Foreshore yesterday. The protest comes after Home Affairs turned away hundreds of asylum-seekers in defiance of a Western Cape High Court judgement instructing the department to process new applicants at the service centre.

Tariro Washinyira

Phillipi man in wheelchair rescued from burning house

Sbongiseni Mveya narrowly escaped death when he found himself trapped inside a burning house in Phillipi due to a suspected electric malfunction.

Mary-Jane Matsolo

Parents lead clean-up of toilets in Khayelitsha school

About 10 parents and Equal Education (EE) members donned their aprons and yellow gloves at Sakumlandela Primary School and started cleaning the toilets as part of a new project to keep schools in Khayelitsha clean.

Mary-Anne Gontsana


Why fascism is a real danger

Last year Rhodes University academic Jane Duncan warned of “proto fascism” emerging in South Africa. At the same time, in an article for a local publication, I wrote that “the first loud, trumpet calls to fascism in modern South Africa have been sounded”.

Terry Bell

NPA's response to Marikana has undermined the right to life

South Africa has one of the most progressive constitutions in the world. The Constitution states that everyone has the right to basic healthcare, education and shelter, but upon reading further, there are limitations placed on these rights such as the state acting “within its available resources”.

Zamandaba Sibiya


Chippa United star Diego Brown talks about a soccer player's challenges

GroundUp interviewed Chippa United's 25-year mid-fielder and left back, Diego Brown.

Margo Fortune


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