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Achmat to police: Where are the documents for firearms register?

Zackie Achmat, director of Ndifuna Ukwazi, has sent an access to information request to the South African Police Service asking for documents related to an IT project that has not been completed.

Edirin Okoloko


Kasonokomona wins first round of court battle

Zambian activist Paul Kasonkomona has won an important first round in his court battle. In an interview on Zambian television in April he called for the recognition of gay and lesbian rights, as well as the rights of sex workers. He was arrested after the interview and charged under section 178(g) of the Zambian Penal Code.

Jonathan Dockney

Mayor and SJC clash over toilet facts

Mayor Patricia de Lille held a press conference today to address an unfavourable audit by the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) about the quality of the City's sanitation services in Khayelitsha.

Amelia Earnest

The People\xe2\x80\x99s Paper: Reflections on another world, not so long ago

The offices of a community newspaper were burned to the ground in October 1985. It was situated opposite the Grand Parade and next to Cape Town\xe2\x80\x99s historic City Hall. A few weeks earlier three of the newspaper\xe2\x80\x99s employees were taken into detention by apartheid security police who swooped on their homes in the dead of night, armed to the teeth.

Mansoor Jaffer

Violence against women mural unveiled in Khayelitsha

A mural has been unveiled in Khayelitsha to highlight the need for the state and communities to improve their response to violence against women.

Mary-Anne Gontsana


What kind of boy are you?

\xe2\x80\x98Are you a boy or a girl?\xe2\x80\x99 \xe2\x80\x98Go outside and play with other boys and throw that doll away. Who bought it?\xe2\x80\x99 My father shouts at me as he finds me playing with the cheap fashion doll which I secretly brought with my lunch money after months of saving.

Luckyboy Mkhondwane

The ANC-Alliance soap opera trundles on

\xe2\x80\x9cConfusion hath made his masterpiece.\xe2\x80\x9d That quote from Shakespeare\xe2\x80\x99s Macbeth seems perfectly to sum up the statements, comments, reports and machinations surrounding the Cosatu executive committee meeting last week.

Terry Bell

Open Data: opening democracy?

Open Data is possibly the big change waiting to happen. It is not only going to change our interaction with the world, but also define new ideas and solutions to problems for us.

Jonathan Dockney


Climate scientists agree: Global warming is man-made

A recent analysis of over 12 000 research papers shows that the overwhelming majority of climate scientists agree that climate change is influenced by human activity.

Kerry Gordon

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Metrorail and The New Age

Roberto Millan

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Early morning sun over the Zandvlei Nature Reserve.

GroundUp Staff

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Mobile Labs

A multi million Rand state of the art, mobile laboratory has been stationed at the Caledon Hospital in the Overberg Region of the Western Cape since the middle of 2012. The laboratory services a number of district hospitals and satellite clinics in the district and has dramatically reduced the time it takes to get results from blood, urine and sputum samples.

Siyayinqoba Beat It!

In last weeks newsletter we incorrectly linked the following article.

Debunking Jeremy Cronin on civil society

\xe2\x80\x9cJoin our hands to fight the drug companies, join our hands to raise money from the private sector, join our hands in raising money from each of us who will contribute to save lives of everyone who needs to be saved.\xe2\x80\x9d With these words Zackie Achmat launched the Treatment Action Campaign in 1998.

Doron Isaacs

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