Call for deregistration of Jewish students receives uncompromising response from vice-chancellor

In a strongly worded response to a memorandum received from the Student Representative Council (SRC) and the Progressive Youth Alliance at the Durban University of Technology, vice-chancellor Ahmed Bawa has written that it is "outrageous, preposterous and a deep violation of our National Constitution and every human rights principle" for these organisations to have demanded the deregistration of Jewish students.

GroundUp Staff

Brief | 11 February 2015

Nomzamo learners back at school

Learners at A.C.J. Phakade primary school in Nomzamo are back in class after a go-slow by teachers last week over sanitation problems.

Siyabonga Kalipa

Brief | 4 February 2015

Farm worker union funding target reached

With only hours to go before the cut-off time, farm workers union Csaawu (Commercial, Stevedoring, Agricultural and Allied Workers Union) has raised the target amount of R115,000 in its first phase of online crowd funding. The money will go towards paying for legal costs incurred for defending dismissed farm workers in the Cape Town Labour Court last year.

GroundUp Staff

Brief | 2 February 2015

Shack fire in Zola Square

Zola Square in Site C, Khayelitsha, was the site of yet another shack fire yesterday.

Photos by Masixole Feni. Text by Kevin Elliott.

Brief | 28 January 2015

Organisation provides hope and skills to thousands of kids

At 22 years of age, Brightness Khumalo, has found a job that she describes as hard but which she clearly finds rewarding.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

Brief | 22 January 2015

“My son was too young to have died like this”

The father of a sixteen-year-old boy who was killed by a mob in Mfuleni yesterday has criticised the police for not being on hand to help prevent the attack or to arrest any of the killers.

Daneel Knoetze

Brief | 21 January 2015

South Africa gets its first chess grandmaster

Kenny Solomon from Mitchell's Plain has become the first South African to attain the coveted chess title of grandmaster.

GroundUp Staff

Brief | 7 January 2015

Text of EFF interdict

On 23 December Judge Dennis Davis delivered an oral judgment in the case between the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the speaker of the National Assembly. Here is the text of that judgment.

GroundUp Staff

Brief | 1 January 2015

Witness says fire that left over 20 homeless was started by man high on tik

At noon on 10 December more than 20 people were left homeless by a fire at a hostel in Mfuleni.

Pharie Sefali

Brief | 11 December 2014

Khayelitsha pastor accused of rape has case to answer, says state

The state said it has completed its investigation on rape allegations against Khayelitsha pastor Dumisani Mathibela, and the pastor has a case to answer.

Johnnie Isaac

Brief | 11 December 2014

Csaawu launches campaign to save it from bankruptcy

Farmworkers union Csaawu has launched an online crowd-funding campaign to save it from bankruptcy.

Daneel Knoetze

Brief | 8 December 2014

Hundreds of extended public works employees picket in city centre

Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) employees came in their hundreds to picket outside the City of Cape Town offices in the Civic Centre on Thursday. They were demanding permanent employment. Protesters went to several entrances to the building while waiting for their representatives who were meeting with the City officials.

Johnnie Isaac

Brief | 4 December 2014

Donors respond generously to GroundUp article on sanitary pads

In November, GroundUp published an article on learners using socks and all manner of items as sanitary pads. Donations have been streaming in to the GroundUp offices ever since. These will be distributed to schools.

GroundUp staff

Brief | 2 December 2014

World Aids Day: TAC still needed

About 200 people gathered at The Orbit in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, on World Aids Day in support of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). The TAC is trying to raise R30million for 2015 in order to continue doing its work.

GroundUp Staff

Brief | 1 December 2014

Tokolos collective graffiti bomb Sea Point Ray-Bans

Guerrilla graffiti artist group Tokolos Stencil Collective struck again on Monday night, this time targeting Michael Elion’s controversial giant Ray-Ban sunglasses on Sea Point promenade.

Brent Meersman

Brief | 18 November 2014

Hout Bay man arrested by 18 cops has bail extended

Santonio Jonkers let out a sigh of frustration as he was told for the third time that his court case was postponed, this time till next year.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

Brief | 13 November 2014