GroundUp 25 July 2012 is published!


Dear All

GroundUp 25 July 2012 is published!

This is our first proper newsletter integrated into our website that you can subscribe to or unsubscribe from it. In future we will improve the formatting.

Another new feature on our website is that we now list the latest user comments on the front page.

City Vision, a community newspaper distributed in Cape Town, is publishing our articles regularly. The Cape TImes has published some as well. is also publishing our stories online. We are very grateful and excited about this.

This week's issue focuses on small businesses in Cape Town's townships or run by immigrants.

Editorial: Cape Town's determined small business owners
Most young people living in Cape Town's townships are unemployed and have little chance of getting a job.


Immigrants at work: The Parow flea market
Cameroon-born Desmond Chia is a stall owner at the Parow flea market. The harsh weather Cape Town has recently seen makes it hard for him to run his business.

Site B's vetkoek hub
Makazi\xe2\x80\x99s take away is a busy shack that constantly has a line of customers waiting outside to be served their vetkoek (fat cakes).

From bad boy to legitimate business owner: The Corner Lounge Story
Nkululeko Tuntubele is the owner of Corner Lounge, a cosy bar-lounge in the hub of Gugulethu at NY 138. Officially opened this year on 31 March, the lounge is a container previously used as a hair salon.

Feeding her family with a meat stand
Nonyameko Sowazi, also affectionately known to her customers as \xe2\x80\x9cMadlamini,\xe2\x80\x9d runs a \xe2\x80\x9cbinnegoed\xe2\x80\x9d stand at the bottom of the Nonqubela station in Khayelitsha.

Immigrants at work: Hair salon and cosmetics shop in Parow
Prince Ikenna came to South Africa from Nigeria in 2010 and has set up a successful salon and cosmetics business.

Immigrants at work: Making ends meet as a cab driver
Tinashe Nhidza is a 35-year-old Zimbabwean taxi cab driver operating in Cape Town.

“I don't do this for fun” - Road-side window cleaner
Many drivers get irritated with the youths who, without asking for permission first, wash their windscreens at traffic lights.

Immigrants at work: IT repair shop in Gardens
Admire Siya is just 25-years old and from Zimbabwe. He has set up an IT shop in his home in Gardens.

Where Cape Town's homeless live
Nestled underneath a concrete highway, the District Six Haven shelter is a modest, two-story house where 80 of the area\xe2\x80\x99s homeless live.

Gay and lesbian activists protest Holomisa's call for review
Last Wednesday, gay and lesbian rights organisations handed a memorandum to the ANC Western Cape representative, Songezo Mjongile.

A spaza shop “just to keep busy”
For most people, opening a spaza shop is a small business venture to earn an income. For Richard Handel, it is just to keep busy.

Selling building material
Lucas Manya works at a stand selling building material in Makhaza, Khayelitsha.


Hope amid the horror of joblessness and exploitation
Hope springs eternal in the human breast. So wrote the much-quoted 18th Century English poet, Alexander Pope. And, although this has all too often described the futility of chasing after rainbows and never finding a promised pot of gold, hope continues to sustain millions of people in situations that, to the more fortunate, might seem hopeless


“We'll come back to Cape Town” - Manchester United players
On Saturday, Manchester United played Ajax in Cape Town as one of their pre-season training friendly matches.


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