GroundUp 22 August is published



Where do the children play?

The Cape Flats violence over the last few weeks—much of it perpetrated by young people who are often out of work, out of school, but in gangs—raises this question: What extramural activities are available for children living in Cape Town's townships? This week's GroundUp looks at extramural activities on the Cape Flats.


Deadly highway soccer game

Founder and coach of the Brothers of Peace soccer team, Innocent Benya, said that lack of sporting facilities and resources in the Khayelitsha community nearly cost one of the team players his life last year when he chased a ball towards the road and collided with a Golden Arrow bus. He was hospitalised and out of action for three months.

Phillipi's winning deaf soccer team

When 28 year old Ndimphiwe Masiba saw how hard it was for deaf children to make friends and interact with people, he decided to start a soccer team for deaf people in 2008 and unite them through the beautiful game of soccer.

Keeping fit at the Sea Point outdoor gym

Exercising and keeping fit is a requirement for a healthy lifestyle, but not many people can afford to join a gym. The Sea Point outdoor gym, opened last year, is one of the places that the public can visit at any time for a workout and it's free.

Learning music in Khayelitsha

Jump Start Music Academy is based in Khayelitsha at the Khaya Bazaar centre. The music academy started in 2010 and was the brainchild of Vincent Manzini.

Phillipi's swimming pool

This is a community swimming pool at Phillipi Cape Town. Entrance is R2 for adults and R1 for children. It is closed for winter.

Where are the police? Zimbabwean man murdered by two gangsters

Zimbabwean born Garikai Mpala has been stabbed to death, allegedly by two gangsters operating in Khayelitsha. The family was told by the Harare (Khayelitsha) police to bring the two suspects to the police station.

Education through soccer

A football non-profit organisation is using soccer to educate kids living in townships.


Fortune: “Nothing beats playing for your country in the World Cup.”

Former Bafana Bafana star, Quinton Fortune, is now 35. He talked to GroundUp about his time playing for the national team, his new work with Manchester United and what South Africa needs to become a soccer powerhouse.

Young Seedat loves playing football for South Africa

Ebrahim Seedat is just 19 years old, but this left-wing and midfielder is making waves in the soccer world.


Why Cape Town has erupted and what we can do about it

On the evening of Friday 3 August thousands of Khayelitsha residents were nearing the end of the long and difficult bus journey that city workers endure twice a day.

Parliament, government and mining industry: Lonmingate is your fault

SA has just witnessed a violent, shocking mining protest with associated police brutality that is reminiscent of the 1980s.

Implats, Lonmin and the battle of the unions

Given the amount of often dangerous nonsense being sprouted about “anarchists” and about Amcu allegedly being a newly formed union sponsored by everyone from the Chamber of Mines to BHP Billiton, I provide this historic record: an Inside Labour column published on February 19 this year with which nobody from the NUM or SACP disagreed.

No angels in the bloody Lonmin clashes

The ongoing tension and violence at South Africa\xe2\x80\x99s Lonmin platinum mine is a much more complex and messy business than a simple turf war between unions in the Rustenburg region of the country.

On the Politics of Protest in Cape Town

A few weeks ago, the City of Cape Town was rocked by a spate of road blockades and other significant protests. Certain liberal NGOs joined the Democratic Alliance in condemning the protests claiming that they are violent and motivated by political party agendas.


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