GroundUp 19 September is published!



Cape Town's stray dog problem

He limps as he quickly crosses the busy road of NY 1 in Gugulethu, probably injured by another dog who is in the same position as he is. No home, no food, no care.

Mary-Anne Gontsana


Health workers and patients protest Jooste Hospital closure

About 500 health workers, patients and activists protested outside the Western Cape legislature on 10 September against the planned closure of GF Jooste hospital in 2013.

Mary-Jane Matsolo

Farm worker who loses finger alleges he has not been compensated

Fabiea Thokoana, a 39 year old worker at Kanetvlei Farm in Worcester, says that he is battling to obtain compensation after he lost his middle finger while on duty on 29 May this year.

Tariro Washinyira

Cycling awareness event in Gugulethu

Gugulethu Township was abuzz this weekend as cyclists from all over Cape Town participated in a bike ride from Cape Town central station to Gugulethu and back.

Mary-Jane Matsolo

Zimbabwean family alleges funeral company rip-off

Taurai Hativagone from Zimbabwe says he was conned out of thousands of rands by Sonandi Family Funerals company who failed to deliver on promises to provide services for his brother\xe2\x80\x99s funeral, including sending the body to Zimbabwe by air.

Tariro Washinyira

Tag rugby encouraged in township schools

South Africa's tag rugby team recently visited a township school, Masiphumelele primary school, in Makhaza, Khayelitsha. This was a very exciting visit for the learners of Masiphumelele, who only get to see the Bokke on television.

Nokubonga Yawa


Government's fuel policy makes us all poorer

Expect another hike in the price of petrol, diesel and paraffin in October. This is because the price is staying above $110 a barrel and the rand is weakening.

Jack Lewis

Why the school closures are wrong

This is an edited version of a speech that was delivered on 15 September at a march in Cape Town against the proposed closure of 27 schools.

Ntshadi Mofokeng

Another disappointing delivery failure by the education department

In 2011, a new Backlogs Grant was introduced. The National Treasury allocated R700 million to it. The grant's main purpose was to eradicate inappropriate structures and mud schools as well as the provision of basic services to schools such as water, electricity and toilets.

Yoliswa Dwane

Cosatu Congress will paper over the cracks

Amid unprecedented media interest, Cosatu\xe2\x80\x99s eleventh national congress gets underway in Midrand on Monday. Many of the nearly 300 journalists, photographers and members of camera crews accredited to attend the event are clearly expecting drama.

Terry Bell


Gershin Kock on the pressure of being a goalkeeper: “Once you make a mistake it will always be remembered.”

Gershin Kock is only 19 years old, but he is already the goalkeeper for National First Division team, Vasco Da Gama.

Khayelitsha's emerging chess stars

Masiphumelele primary school in Khayelitsha is growing a group of promising chess players. The people driving chess at the school believe it has an important educational role.

Nokubonga Yawa


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