Updates and corrections

This is a list of updates, improvements and corrections to articles, as well as retractions and apologies.

  1. 2024-06-11 20:03 - Correction for Appeal court overturns cyber crime ruling
    In the following sentence the word sent was originally intercepted which is misleading. "But it emerged that the email had been sent by fraudsters, who then stole the money."
  2. The original version of this article named the spokesperson of Social Media Bandit. Before publication the spokesperson had asked not to be named but was nevertheless named in a communication mix-up. In general we prefer not to quote companies anonymously, and would have therefore omitted all comment from Social Bandit Media, but we judged that it is too late to do that for this story.
  3. The article has been updated with comment from Shell
  4. Karim Khan's surname was misspelt in an earlier version of this article.
  5. This sentence was added after publication: "And on 28 May Ireland, Norway and Spain will recognise Palestine as an independent state." (country changed to state in subsequent edit)
  6. 2024-05-27 11:41 - Correction for Festivities lift Hillbrow’s spirits
    Hillbrow was spelt with l instead of two l's in the headline of the story when it was published. It has been fixed.
  7. The Referendum Party's application for leave to appeal was dismissed on 21 May 2024 by the Appeals Panel of the Press Council.
  8. Fiona Balgobind's surname was misspelt in an earlier version of this article.
  9. The article has been updated with a response from PRASA
  10. We have updated the article to include comment by UCT spokesperson Elijah Moholola.
  11. The article was updated with a response from attorney Mohamed Mota.
  12. 2024-05-10 14:23 - Correction for Universal Basic Income Grant: who will profit?
    A correction was made to the section on Flash after publication.
  13. The article was updated to reflect that since speaking to WRAPD three service level agreements were received, but still no funds.
  14. This story was updated with further details from the George municipality.
  15. This story was updated after publication with further details from the George municipality.
  16. This article was updated to include the correct name of the Woodstock Improvement District.
  17. Response from National Treasury has been added to this story.
  18. Campbell said it took 35 minutes by train and an hour by car
  19. Multiple inaccuracies in the article were corrected after publication. We regret the mistakes.
  20. The name of a person quoted in this article has been removed for their protection.
  21. 2024-04-15 11:56 - Correction for No shelter for homeless dog owners
    Founding date corrected from 1999 to 2015.
  22. 2024-04-12 19:26 - Correction for Housing activists lose Tafelberg case
    The article stated the Province's decision to sell the Tafelberg site was set aside in a separate challenge by the National Minister of Social Development. This has been corrected to the Minister of Human Settlements.
  23. EFF response received and updated after publication.
  24. EFF response received and updated after publication.
  25. EFF responses were updated after publication.
  26. Responses from the IFP were received and added to the article after publication.
  27. This article has been updated with comment from the Auditor General.
  28. 2024-04-09 12:27 - Correction for Sexual harassment in the courts is an open secret
    The spelling of the name of one of the authors has been corrected.
  29. The IFP's answers were updated after publication.
  30. 2024-03-29 10:25 - Correction for Legal setback for PRASA whistleblower
    An earlier version of this article misspelt Nkosinathi Khena's first name. Our apologies.
  31. This article was corrected: the government department responsible for the MDDA is the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), which is overseen by the Minister in the Presidency. Zukiswa Potye was dismissed in January 2023.
  32. This article has been slightly amended to clarify the statement from the Department.
  33. The article was updated to include a brief comment from the municipality.
  34. This article was updated to include comment received by Department spokesperson Peter Mbelengwa.
  35. Minor terminology changes were made to this article after publication and the original main photo was replaced.
  36. 2024-03-19 11:15 - Correction for The looters living it up from PRASA millions
    A sentence in the article originally read: "At the time the report was written, in 2015 the Swifambo payments accounted for 78% of the total income in the account." 2015 has been changed to 2021.
  37. The resident who accused the minister of electioneering was misidentified. Her name has been removed.
  38. The spelling of Senzo Meyiwa's name has been corrected.
  39. The written judgment was handed down shortly after this article was published. We've included a link to it in the article.
  40. The NLC auditor is Vincent Jones not Vincent Smith as in an earlier version of this article. We apologise for the error.
  41. The subheading referred to the "Youth Forum" in an earlier version of this article. It has been corrected to "Development Forum".
  42. The intergovernmental task team was incorrectly identified as Operation Bhekela in an earlier version of the article.
  43. We spelt Mbulelo Ncedana' surname incorrectly in the photo caption in an earlier version of this story. Our apologies.
  44. 2024-03-14 08:24 - Correction for Library services crippled in Nelson Mandela Bay
    The article was changed to reflect that Kariega's Khayelitsha library is still operating, while Kwalanga is without any library.
  45. The apostrophe "s" was removed after Zuma in the headline.
  46. The last sentence has been corrected to read: "Tembe says there is more than R500,000 left of this fund, which has been audited." It originally said erroneously R500 million.
  47. The original article used the wrong gender for Lindokuhle Xulu.
  48. This article was updated 23 February and again on 27 February to include comment from the City of Cape Town.
  49. The story initially stated #UniteBehind were reviewing Parliament's decision not to dismiss complaints against former PRASA board chair Sfiso Buthelezi. This is not the case. The text has been amended.
  50. This article has been updated with comment from SASSA.
  51. The average household size and income of Old Person Grant beneficiary households were corrected.
  52. The article originally described Paul O'Sullivan as a private investigator. It has been updated to describe him as a forensic consultant.
  53. Minor corrections were made after publication including the deletion of a bullet point describing an article from 2018, before the relevant funding period.
  54. We misspelt Atiyyah Khan's first name in the initial version of the article.
  55. The initial article incorrectly described Ndlovu as "the most senior person under investigation".
  56. IPID informed GroundUp after this article was published: "The investigation in this matter is still ongoing. The only challenge for the investigators is the identification of the alleged suspects, but we are hopeful this will be resolved soon."
  57. The first Daracorp grant was for 2021/22, not 2020/21 as originally stated.
  58. 2024-01-18 10:27 - Update for Nyanga families battle two-day water outage
    Additional comment by the City, on when notice of the problem was received and when it was fixed, were added to the article after publication.
  59. We have updated the article to include a comment sent by SASSA after publication.
  60. The original version of this article used the table of murders for the Western Cape. We've changed it to be for the whole country.
  61. The word "originally" was inserted after publication into the paragraph starting: "G4S originally only suspended and dismissed three of the almost 30 officials on duty the night of the escape ..." Also BCC is not a subsidiary of G4S as originally stated, it is a company contracting G4S, and in which G4S has a 20% share.
  62. This article has been updated with a response from DFFE spokesperson Peter Mbelengwa.
  63. A correction to the description of Shadwell Overmeyer was made after publication.
  64. 2023-12-11 09:22 - Update for Picket against “water apartheid”
    This article was updated after publication with additional information on what the City offers to low-income households.
  65. The article originally stated that the court set aside the requirement for independent candidates and political parties to get the signatures of 15% of the people living in the region they are contesting in order to be eligible to stand for the 2024 provincial and national elections. We have corrected this by omitting the words "and political parties".
  66. The article originally stated that MRC settled 13 claims against Clarke totalling R4.5-million. This has been corrected to 14 claims totalling R5-million. The article originally stated that Caruso is seeking R5.5-million in 16 claims against Clarke. This has been corrected to R5-million in 15 claims.
  67. The article originally said the money was owed for banners from the 2014 elections - it was the 2019 elections.
  68. 2023-11-23 11:22 - Correction for Mandela Park shacks petrol-bombed
    Thando Abe's surname was spelled incorrectly in the original version of this story.
  69. 2023-11-22 08:24 - Update for Protesters call for new hospital in Gugulethu
    This article has been updated with a brief response from the MEC for Health.
  70. The article originally underestimated the attendance at the Athlone event.
  71. The article was updated with comment from the IEC
  72. Vimeo removed the video, making it impossible to watch. So we have created our own video server and the video is now back. Apologies for any inconvenience.
  73. 2023-11-08 22:45 - Improvement for Prisoner computer ban struck down
    Minor clarifications were made to the text after publication.
  74. The article was updated after publication with the map.
  75. This article was updated after the Minister's statement.
  76. Caption of the last photo incorrectly stated that the mural was of Al Aqsa. The mural is of Dome of the Rock mosque.
  77. A minor correction related to the number of stations between Bonteheuwel and Nyanga was made to the article after publication.
  78. 2023-10-19 11:08 - Update for The Lottery: A South African good news story
    The bullet point about OUTA was added after publication.
  79. 2023-10-17 16:26 - Correction for Gift of the Givers is on the ground in Gaza
    The names of the people in the photographs have been corrected.
  80. The first paragraph of the article was reworded after publication to more accurately reflect the relief sought by #UniteBehind.
  81. 2023-10-11 10:36 - Correction for Karoo towns fail to keep water clean
    The original story stated the provincial government received the highest rating in an independent report by Ratings Afrika. This has been corrected to: The province's municipalities scored highest in an independent report by Ratings Afrika.
  82. The last two quotes in the article were incorrectly attributed to Mneno instead of May
  83. An incorrect photo for the farm dwellers' houses was used in an earlier version of this article.
  84. 2023-10-02 13:27 - Correction for Hundreds walk to celebrate recovery from addiction
    The original subtitle said fewer than half of South Africans with drug or alcohol problems access treatment. While strictly speaking true, the number of people with substance use issues accessing treatment is closer to 1 in 20.
  85. This article incorrectly stated families occupying the railway line would be moved in two weeks. The text and headline has been changed to accurately reflect what was discussed at the SCOPA meeting of 29 August 2023.
  86. 2023-09-26 14:17 - Update for RICA bill misses the chance for real reform
    Small amendments have been made to this article, noting for instance that the bill is now eight pages long.
  87. We initially stated nine million litres of sewage is pumped out to sea through the three outfalls per day. The correct figure, according to reports commissioned by the City, is 28 million litres per day.
  88. An earlier version incorrectly said "Minister of Social Development" instead of "Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies" in the last bullet point at the top of the article.
  89. In an earlier version, the spelling of Zibsimode was taken from the judgment but was incorrect.
  90. The Department of Correctional Services has sent us a reply which we have published here: https://www.groundup.org.za/article/government-responds-to-allegations-solitary-confinement/
  91. The article originally included a paragraph that we asked the City of Johannesburg questions but received no answers. Since publication we have received partial answers. At this point our view is that further information is required from the City before we publish their answers.
  92. This story initially stated: "The survivor said she was seven when Mazamela and his wife became her foster parents through the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA)." It has since been clarified that SASSA does not appoint foster parents; that is a function of the Children's Court.
  93. 2023-09-07 09:46 - Correction for This is what we can do to end the reading crisis
    This article has been amended to reflect that International Literacy Day is on 8 September.
  94. The community leader's name was incorrect. It is not Silumko Mahlasela but Bulelani Bhekayeke. The article was corrected in two places: 1. Ntabankulu community leader Bulelani Bhekayeke says .... 2. Bhekayeke said they have sent a petition ....
  95. After publication, the communications PR team requested that we only attribute their quotes to UBER and not a specific spokesperson.
  96. The caption on the second photograph has been corrected.
  97. 2023-08-30 14:40 - Update for Lottery looter is living the jet set life
    Two paragraphs were deleted from this article after publication.
  98. The original article stated the incident took place following heated social media arguments over feeding homeless people during the Covid lockdown. The incident took place prior to lockdown, on 19 February 2020.
  99. 2023-08-28 13:26 - Correction for Streets in Durban township are covered in sewage
    The photographs were taken by Manqulo Nyakombi and not Tsoanelo as initially reported.
  100. In the original version of the article we wrote the EFF chanted "Down with JP Smith". It was in fact "JP Smith must fall".
  101. This article has been amended to clarify that Tshifhiwa Tshinakaho does glass cutting outside Star Glass Hardware.
  102. This article has been updated to include comment from the City of Cape Town.
  103. This story has been changed slightly for clarification.
  104. This article was updated to include the comment from Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Waste Management, Grant Twigg.
  105. The article was updated with a comment from COGTA.
  106. Professor Mmusinyane's entry was updated to reflect that he does in fact meet the requirements of the act to be a Public Protector.
  107. The article was updated to make it clear that Kubayi was the person stuck in the lift.
  108. This article has been updated with further information from SAMWU. A response from the City has also been added.
  109. Owing to a trademark breech, a company discussed in this article was renamed Kotze West Coast Mining. Therefore the story has been updated to replace all instances of that original name with Kotze West Coast Mining.
  110. This article has been updated to included comment from NUMSA spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola.
  111. The contractor has been in a dispute with the Amathole District Municipality and not directly with the Mbhashe Local Municipality.
  112. 2023-07-07 14:39 - Update for Taps run dry in Madibeng village once again
    This article has been updated to reflect responses from the Madibeng Local Municipality.
  113. The case took place on Wednesday not Tuesday, as initially reported, and there are 12 suspects, not 11. Apologies for the errors.
  114. 2023-06-27 14:30 - Correction for Fikile Mbalula in row over frozen luxury house
    We have corrected the spelling of Rebotile Malomane's name in the article.
  115. This article has been updated with additional comment from the City of Cape Town.
  116. This article has been amended to correct the number of deaths from cholera to 29.
  117. The photograph in this article has been corrected: the previous photo was of the Department of Trade and Industry offices, not of the Unisa campus.
  118. The article was updated to indicate the Constitutional Court will have to confirm the decision.
  119. The judgment was handed down by the Supreme Court of Appeal not the Constitutional Court.
  120. The article was updated with a response from City Power
  121. 2023-06-13 09:24 - Update for Climate activists disrupt Standard Bank AGM
    We have updated the article to include extracts from Standard Bank's response
  122. The OCJ has published an amended report: https://www.judiciary.org.za/index.php/judiciary/reserved-judgment-reports?download=12507:amended-reserved-judgment-report-for-the-chief-justice-as-at-31-december-2022 The only differences from the perspective of the article are the number of late judgments dropped from 184 to 181 and the total number of reserved judgments dropped from 904 to 901.
  123. 2023-06-06 09:30 - Correction for How bad is South Africa’s murder rate?
    The article originally stated that Bheki Cele was removed as Minister of Police in 2011. He was actually removed as National Police Commissioner.
  124. The article has been updated to include the correct funding amounts to organisations. The department had sent us incorrect data.
  125. The article originally said there are 60 councillors. There are 120 councillors in 60 wards.
  126. The article was originally published with the wrong photograph. We have fixed it. Our apologies.
  127. The article has been updated to note that the document by members of Council is a draft.
  128. This article was updated after publication with comment by Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng.
  129. This article was updated after publication with comment by Martin Hall.
  130. We sent a letter from our lawyer to Linode on Friday. On Friday afternoon Linode contacted us to say: "We understand your concerns here and want you to know that we have escalated this ticket for review by our Trust & Safety Team. In the meantime, we will not be taking any administrative action on your website."
  131. This article has been amended to include additional comments from the Minister of Transport.
  132. This article has been updated to include the response by the provincial health department.
  133. Mathopo Attorneys was misspelt in an earlier version of this article.
  134. An earlier version of this article stated that Judge Makhubele had enlisted Diale Mogashoa attorneys.
  135. 2023-05-02 15:08 - Correction for New National Lotteries Commission Board appointed
    This article has been amended to say that Professor Barney Pityana continues to chair the new board.
  136. This article has been amended to clarify the distinction between the Judicial Service Commission and the Judicial Conduct Committee which were mixed up in the original article.
  137. An earlier version of the article incorrectly stated that the Funda Wande programme was in Mpumalanga. It's in Limpopo.
  138. The article incorrectly stated that Chief Justice Raymond Zondo had a casting vote. It was actually Supreme Court of Appeal Justice Dumisani Zondi. We misread the name on the judgment. Our apologies.
  139. The date of the launch has been amended to 24 April from 17 April.
  140. According to ActionSA Katlego Bereng's family were able to view his body at the Free State morgue on Wednesday afternoon. ActionSA said that Bereng's mother collapsed and was taken to hospital.
  141. This article has been updated to correct the name of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education spokesperson's name from Vusi Mahlangu to Muzi Mahlambi.
  142. 2023-04-19 11:06 - Correction for No work, so Limpopo mother turned to recycling
    This article has been amended to correct the name of the recycling company.
  143. 2023-04-18 15:31 - Correction for Activists take Parliament to court over PRASA
    Article was updated to reflect that Dikeledi Magadzi resigned as an MP in March this year.
  144. 2023-04-17 21:42 - Correction for Loyiso Nkohla shot dead during political meeting
    This article has been amended to reflect the fact that the meeting took place at the former Philippi police station, not train station.
  145. The following was added to the second paragraph "-- by both the property manager and us --" after publication, to clarify who informed the police of the invoice.
  146. 2023-04-14 16:23 - Correction for Recaptured Thabo Bester returns to the courtroom
    The subtitle of the article was inaccurate and has been changed.
  147. MP Steven Swart's first name was originally misspelt as 'Stephen'. This has been corrected.
  148. The article was updated to reflect that the 30 April transfer of Bester to a single cell was approved by G4S but not DCS.
  149. The quote by Ndifuna Ukwazi was corrected.
  150. This article has been updated to include information supplied by Mpumalanga education department spokesperson Jasper Zwane.
  151. This article was updated with further comment by Professor Shabir Madhi.
  152. We have corrected our article to accurately reflect the accurate spelling of Jacqui Benson-Mabombo's name who identifies as They/them.
  153. City comment has been added
  154. This article was updated to reflect the City of Cape Town's response.
  155. We have corrected the number of calls received by the hotline.
  156. The date on which Nandipha Magudumana collected the body was 6 May, not 5 May.
  157. The article was updated with the following paragraph: The Department of Public Works says the Nurock building is now earmarked for utilisation by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport as the Cape Town Museum.
  158. A correction was made to the sub-headline on this story which previously referred to a forensic report
  159. 2023-03-14 12:48 - Correction for School transport fraud accused in court
    The subheading was corrected. It previously incorrectly stated that investigations into the financial mismanagement began in 2017 instead of 2007.
  160. This article has been amended to reflect the fact that the most recent protest took place earlier this month, not last Thursday.
  161. 2023-03-13 14:26 - Correction for Over 1,000 march in support of queer pride
    Neo Makhulane's pronouns were incorrect and should have been they/them. Apologies.
  162. Ricardo Mackenzie's name was misspelled.
  163. The article was updated to include a response from KwaZulu-Natal.
  164. The headline was changed to replace "buildings" by "library" after publication.
  165. The article was updated with a response from the Gauteng human settlements department.
  166. We have updated the article to include all of the grant increases for April and October 2023.
  167. "Bopapa" was corrected to "Bopape".
  168. Advocate Elaine Zungu's name has been corrected.
  169. 2023-02-22 09:45 - Correction for People queue from 4am to sort out their UIF
    The following sentence: "He was told there had been an error and he had to register again" was corrected to read: "He was told there had been an error and his claim was still being processed."
  170. Fixed photo attribution to Masego Mafata
  171. The previous headline and photo caption incorrectly stated that the 'friend' had been sexually assaulted - this is false, it was an assault. Her friend also reported the harassment from her attacker to the court, not at a police station.
  172. 2023-02-17 18:49 - Update for Sex workers campaign for law to be changed
    At their request, the name of one of the people interviewed in this article was changed to protect their identity.
  173. Fani Dingiswayo's name was misspelled.
  174. The statistic dealing with intentional deaths in men in 2021 was and the CEO'S name was corrected from Rickhardsson to Rikhardsson.
  175. 2023-02-07 15:27 - Correction for Dismissed guards ask UCT to insource them
    The phrase "forging a court order" has been replaced with "misrepresenting a court order".
  176. The original version of the article incorrectly stated that the court order was a forgery. This was because the order was not available in court records, it’s wording is unusual, it’s dated 2022 when it was issued in 2020, the only person who appeared to have it was Mpendulo and the issuing judge had no recollection of it. Nevertheless Mpendulo has misrepresented it as a victory, claiming that "UCT loses billion rand court case". It is not a victory. It's a perfunctory order referring a case for oral evidence.
  177. 2023-02-01 15:27 - Correction for Loadshedding: here are your options
    The original article stated that gas cooking is "significantly more expensive" than using the grid. After further consultation, we have removed the word "significantly". The margin is not huge.
  178. 2023-01-30 15:18 - Correction for Court battle over Zimbabwe permits set for April
    The article originally stated that the UNHCR was backing the litigation by the organisations. An official gave the keynote address for the annual event.
  179. Bulungula College's 2021 pass rate was 64%, not 78%.
  180. This article was updated to accurately reflect that Mike Perry, founder of African Reptiles and Venom, stated that the produce of polyvalent antivenom takes "a few months" and not a few years as previously stated.
  181. This article was updated to include the correct spelling of Tsotsi in the headline.
  182. This article was updated to include comment from the Shoprite Media Team
  183. This article has been amended to clarify some history.
  184. The original article incorrectly stated that countries in Africa were excluded from the Viiv/MPP patent pool.
  185. The article has been updated with a response from ViiV Healthcare.
  186. After publication PRASA's Andiswa Makanda sent the following response: "PRASA Management and the Board are rebuilding the organisation into a credible institution to ensure that it is able to deliver on its legal mandate. "To this effect, several investigations into misconduct, maladministration, corruption, and fraudulent activities have been instituted to address lapses that enabled systematic corruption within the organisation and to ensure consequence management for those who have been found guilty. "Disciplinary processes of those suspended pending various investigations are at various stages. "Details of the outcomes of the various investigations in the business will be shared at an appropriate time.  "We are also working with the Hawks and Special Investigating Unit in finalising their investigations on other matters."
  187. The costs order was just against the OCA
  188. The article originally incorrectly stated that the Western Cape Education Department is a respondent in the case. Only the MEC and premier are respondents.
  189. The case will be heard on Thursday 10 November at 10am in Johannesburg before Judge Yacoob.
  190. 2022-11-02 13:27 - Update for Dismissed guards ask UCT to insource them
    UCT's spokesperson's comment was added after publication.
  191. 2022-11-02 09:09 - Improvement for Xhora Mouth in the Eastern Cape is starting to thrive
    The former title of Bulungula Incubator founder Rejanne Woodroffe has been added.
  192. 2022-11-01 07:41 - Correction for Rural Amathole villages unite to fix water scheme
    This article was updated to include the correct spelling of the following names: Buzman Mdyose, Zandile Dlaliduduma and Sibulele Mango
  193. This article was amended to include further information about Parklands College and Rockwell Automation.
  194. 2022-10-26 19:30 - Correction for Protesters shut down Polokwane, demanding water
    This article has been amended to correct the spelling of the name of municipal spokesperson Thipa Selala
  195. An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Hermanus Pieterse as Hermanus Pretorius.
  196. The article was updated. We incorrectly stated that the former supervisor said workers make that amount R1,400.
  197. The article was updated after publication with comment from the City of Cape Town.
  198. 2022-10-13 11:00 - Improvement for Much ado about magic mushrooms
    Links to sources were added after publication.
  199. Jammie steps was changed to plaza steps.
  200. 2022-10-07 16:01 - Correction for Nurses refuse to work at two clinics in Motherwell
    Corrected Vuyo Dlanga's designation at DENOSA
  201. One of the bullet points at the top of the article originally stated that 3Sixty was placed under curatorship 2 years after insolvency. We have amended this to "at least 16 months".
  202. Extensive corrections were made to this article a few hours after publication: 1. The original article created the impression that the stations were still not operating, but they are. 2. The original article incorrectly created the impression that PRASA has missed the deadline to fix the stations. But its deadline is December 2022, which is three months away. The March 2022 deadline was to get the trains running to the stations. While we're not sure if that deadline was met precisely, the trains are currently running to these stations.
  203. The text was corrected to reflect it was Judge Dolamo not Judge Dlodlo who heard the case on Friday
  204. The story has been updated with a response from the Department of Water and Sanitation
  205. In an earlier version the word "and" was missing between "Mosokodi and Letwaba Family trusts".
  206. 2022-09-21 19:02 - Correction for This is Cape Town’s best run train
    This article has been amended to say that the event took place on Tuesday, not Wednesday
  207. This article was updated at 4pm on Tuesday to include the response by the Office of the Chief Justice.
  208. An earlier version of the article incorrectly gave the year of a Portfolio Committee Meeting as 2018. The correct year is 2020.
  209. This sentence was changed to reflect that Mayor Swart was quoting the Kwanokuthula leadership: "Mayor Swart also posted on Facebook, saying that the Kwanokuthula leadership have advised that there were 69 shops in Kwanokuthula owned by immigrants, and that “it was agreed that foreigners will reduce their quantity of shops to give South African nationals the opportunity to open and trade..."
  210. A minor correction was made to a quote by Wilma Venter. A substantive correction was made to a quote by Corrie Badenhorst. Our apologies.
  211. An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Nexia SAB&T as Nexus.
  212. This paragraph was improved to reflect that the First Nations Collective was formed by a grouping of the Khoi, not all the Khoi: "The announcement by LLPT in 2016 of its intention to develop was initially met with unanimous opposition by Khoi houses and organisations. But in November 2019 a Khoi grouping formed as the Western Cape First Nations Collective in favour of the development, splitting the Khoi houses"
  213. This article was update to include a comment from the provincial health department spokesman.
  214. Comment that came out of a meeting about the school has been added, including comment from the education department
  215. Spelling of names was corrected.
  216. 2022-08-17 11:31 - Correction for Daily Maverick wins defamation case
    A previous version said that "The South African Federation of Trade Unions called for Maverick’s closure." In fact, it was a SAFTU affiliate, the Information Communication Technology Union that supported Modiba's position.
  217. After this article was published the NLC Board published a statement saying: "The Board acknowledges the resignation of Ms TCC Mampane from her position as Commissioner of the National Lotteries Commission, effective 15 August 2022 and are considering the letter of resignation. The process of the appointment of the new Commissioner is well underway. The Board ensures the efficient and effective operation of the Commission, while processes are underway."
  218. This article was updated to include a brief comment from SASSA Western Cape.
  219. The original article mixed up the SGB chairperson and deputy-chairperson roles of Mbhele and Radebe.
  220. The story was updated with a comment from PRASA.
  221. Nceba Ndikinda is the new mayor. Khanyile Maneli is no longer mayor. The copy was corrected in numerous places to correct the mistaken identity.
  222. We have removed a paragraph that made claims about disciplinary action being faced by Mampane. We regret the error.
  223. This article was updated at 11:55am to include the municipal spokesperson's response.
  224. This article has been updated to include the correct spelling of Jacob Robbertse Attorneys, Mshandukani Holdings and William Huma.
  225. Changed caption. The man on the left is Emanuel Manari not Tshifhwiwa Magoma.
  226. This article has been updated to include comment from SAPS.
  227. 2022-07-18 21:15 - Correction for Cape Town township grannies get tech-savvy
    The article has been updated to include the correct sponsor for the project.
  228. The original version of this article misspelt Heeten Bhagat's name. Our apologies.
  229. A paragraph was added about the number of approved SRD grant beneficiaries since the latest iteration of the grant was launched in April 2022.
  230. 2022-07-14 15:23 - Update for Land activist’s shack burnt down
    A further response from the City of Cape Town has been appended to this article.
  231. Households are restricted to 50-litres per person per day, rather than 50-litres per day, according to the municipality.
  232. Comment from the City of Cape Town was received and added.
  233. The story was updated with a response from Takealot
  234. This article was updated at 15:50 to include the results of the by-elections.
  235. The story was updated after publication with information about the boys' fathers and the social grant that Mandla is supposed to benefit from but doesn't.
  236. This article has been updated to include the full statement by Mayco member Zahid Badroodien. The reference to City officials investigating the issue was also removed.
  237. 2022-06-23 10:13 - Correction for RDP houses built 20 years ago still have no water
    The correct spelling of the town is Muhunguti, not Muhunguki as originally published.
  238. Our original headline incorrectly stated the judgment was by the Constitutional Court. It was by the Gauteng High Court.
  239. Lindokuhle's name was misspelled in a previous version of this article. This has been corrected.
  240. 2022-06-07 23:52 - Correction for The justice system is showing signs of rot
    An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the Office of the Chief Justice started under Mogoeng Mogoeng.
  241. Updated the subheading, and clarified that while the SAHPRA decision discourages use of ivermectin, off-label use of ivermectin by individual clinicians, and the compounding of ivermectin oral dosage forms by pharmacists is still permitted. A ban would require SAHPRA to declare such products undesirable in terms of section 23 of the Medicine and Related Substances Act. Thanks to Andy Gray for alerting us to the clarification.
  242. On request we have removed the name of the gambler and his wife since we do not believe there is a burning public interest to name them.
  243. Comment by the NPA was added after publication.
  244. This article was amended to correct the descriptions of the authors.
  245. An earlier version of this article misspelt Mbekezeli Benjamin's first name.
  246. An earlier version of this article misspelt Stephan Swanson's first name.
  247. The graph showing the correlation between diarrhoea cases and sewage spills was added after publication.
  248. 2022-05-05 14:05 - Update for Can technology help fix state clinics?
    At the request of one of the parties, a name has been removed from the article.
  249. A previous version of this article stated that Martha Marais was tied to a bench in Mamelodi Hospital in 2018. This was corrected to 2019.
  250. The article was updated with a response from the Department of Tourism saying the matter was reported to the Assets Forfeiture Unit and South African Police Services at Sunnyside Police Station in 2011 already, who referred it to the National Director of Prosecutions.
  251. 2022-04-12 15:09 - Update for Video: The deadly wait for cancer treatment
    The embedded video was re-uploaded at a new link.
  252. 2022-04-08 08:30 - Correction for Gauteng health system in crisis
    We spelt Thato Moncho's name incorrectly in an earlier version of this article. Our apologies.
  253. The location of the school has been corrected.
  254. This article was updated to include a brief response from PRASA.
  255. 2022-04-04 08:52 - Correction for Over 3,000 people in Madibeng face eviction
    Deborah Rudaba's name was spelt incorrectly as Debra
  256. 2022-03-31 08:48 - Correction for Parole backlog piling up on minister’s desk
    The following changes were made to the article after publication: “and 15 years” was deleted from the end of this sentence: “Adam ...was sentenced in 2002 to life imprisonment” The sentence: "Adam applied for parole after completing his 15-year sentence in 2017” was replaced with: "In 2017, the Durban High Court ruled in favour of Adam's application for the processing of his, and eight other Westville lifers' parole with immediate effect.” The words "date on which a person is convicted" were replaced with "date of commission of offence" in this sentence: "The Phaahla judgment also means that parole is now determined by the date of commission of offence"
  257. The story has been updated with a reply from Bolt.
  258. The article originally stated: "Nine months later, in June 2021 ...". It has been corrected to say: "Nine months later, in June 2020 ..."
  259. The image at the top of the article was replaced with a more up-to-date one.
  260. The article originally stated that the Naledi to JHB corridor would resume full service in April this year. On PRASA's request we changed it to state that work on this corridor is expected to be completed in the next financial year.
  261. 2022-03-16 14:42 - Correction for Police deal with watchdog will protect violent cops
    The original article incorrectly stated that 229 constituted more than half of 550 finalised IPID disciplinary cases in 2020/21. Of course 229 is not over half of 550.
  262. The name of Deputy NLC Northern Cape head Aobakwe Gaobuse was corrected after publication.
  263. This article was updated to include a brief comment from police
  264. The original article described conophytums as a rare species. It is actually a rare genus. We have replaced the word species with "plant type".
  265. The first bullet point in the article originally gave the wrong date when Godfrey Thulare was shot. This has been corrected to 8 February.
  266. 2022-03-03 17:25 - Correction for Khayelitsha housing protesters close four roads
    This article has been updated to include comment from Malusi Booi.
  267. A reader pointed out that wastewater does not go through primary treatment before it is discharged. Mr Badroodien's office clarified as follows: "A primary screening refers to the removal of solids before the City discharges the wastewater." The wastewater goes through primary screening before it is pumped to the outfall, not primary treatment.
  268. Name corrected: Pamela Chakuvinga not Charuvinga.
  269. We incorrectly identified the acting regional manager of PRASA Western Cape as Kagiso Molemo, instead of Kaparo Molefi
  270. 2022-02-24 09:15 - Correction for Stand-off over Nyanga RDP house
    This article was amended to correct Simphiwo Rani's age to 48.
  271. This article previously incorrectly stated that the University management had agreed to a 5% salary increase, effective from 1 January 2022, and a R2,000 once-off payment.
  272. The initial article incorrectly stated that the workers were asking for a R3,000 increase. In fact they were asking for a 10% increase and a once-off R3,000 payment.
  273. The original article misspelt the name of the company Seperation at Source as Separation at Source (which is a different company).
  274. 2022-02-16 07:13 - Improvement for Protests halt first day of university lectures
    The following was added after publication: Mbabela said, "Classes were conducted through online platforms ... Staff and students were advised to work and study remotely."
  275. The headline of the original article used the word "sacked' instead of "suspended".
  276. Parliament issued an ill-tempered response to our article. Their main concern appears to be that we didn't include all their answers to all our questions inside the article. In fact, as far as we can tell, we included all the substantive aspects of Parliament's reply that did not contradict Parliament's own reports or make no sense. We also included a clearly marked link to a PDF file with Parliament's full response (which remains in the text). This is standard media practice. Nevertheless, we have updated the article by placing all our questions and all Parliament's responses in a gray box at the bottom of the article.
  277. The caption of the second paragraph contained the wrong name in the original article and has been corrected.
  278. An earlier version of this article gave the wrong name for Masenya. Our apologies.
  279. An earlier version of this article contained a link to the incomplete judgment.
  280. This article has been updated with Metrorail comment
  281. We briefly removed Kati's name and that he was charged with murder, but then confirmed that he has indeed been charged with murder and that we were entitled to publish his name.
  282. The spelling of the name of the deceased was incorrect in an earlier version.
  283. A small change was made to the opening sentence to make it 100% accurate.
  284. The article contained a quote that incorrectly stated Siyewa was removed from a Trust via court order. In fact he resigned. Our apologies.
  285. Updates were made with comments received via Siyewa's lawyer. They are in bold text.
  286. Name corrected: it is Zimasa Jim not Zimkhitha Jim
  287. The article was updated after publication noting the decision of the Botswana Court of Appeal.
  288. The article originally stated: "Today, it is worth about R14 million, according to figures published annually by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RISA)." The correct figure is R30 million
  289. The original article incorrectly spelt Judge Jafta's name.
  290. 2021-11-19 11:45 - Correction for Activists demand Basic Income Grant
    One of the organisations listed as an organiser of the event in the original version of this article has been removed.
  291. "Wits Academic Hospital" was deleted from this list paragraph: Hillbrow Community Health Centre, Yeoville Clinic, Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, Jeppe Clinic, Wits Academic Hospital and Kalafong Hospital. Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (already in the list) was meant.
  292. The following paragraph was changed: "The horse owners don’t even get medication and dipping. They also don’t get the vaccines if there is an outbreak of disease." To read: “The horse owners do get medication and dipping only if there is an outbreak of disease. They get vaccines which are not enough for all the horses."
  293. Our legal language was ever so slightly corrected after publication. In particular the last summary bullet point and the second last paragraph were reworded.
  294. An earlier version of the article incorrectly stated that Qunu was Nelson Mandela's birthplace. He spent his childhood in Qunu but was born in nearby Mvezo.
  295. 2021-11-15 10:52 - Update for E-hailing drivers march through Cape Town
    This article was updated to include a comment sent by Uber
  296. 2021-11-11 12:28 - Update for An open opportunity society for some?
    We received an email from a company claiming that that the copyright on the photo we originally used on this article, which we copied for fair use from the DA website, was owned by Reuters. We have consequently replaced the image.
  297. We changed the original article to note that sewage (as opposed to E. coli) was a concern for hyacinth growth.
  298. The sub headline in this article has been amended
  299. Herman Mashaba's comments were added.
  300. Ethel Musonza is the correct name. Not Ethel Madzinga.
  301. An earlier version of the article incorrectly stated that “mnyama ndawo” is Swahili. It's not.
  302. 2021-11-05 08:27 - Correction for None of the Above wins local elections
    Minor corrections were made after publication. The table at the end was also added.
  303. This article previously stated that the new Observatory Forensic Pathology Institute at the entrance of Groote Schuur Hospital would bring resources to evidence testing among other things. We were informed on 2/11/2021 that the institute is expected to improve forensic pathology service, but not testing. Specimens are sent to the SAPS lab for testing.
  304. 2021-10-28 12:23 - Improvement for Elections 2021: Mogale City in the dumps
    The sentence "the Council, on 27 October, agreed to refurbish the stadium" was changed to read: "the Council, on 27 October, agreed to hand the stadium to Afriforum to refurbish"
  305. This text was amended to correct the name of Grace beyond Borders
  306. The article was updated shortly after publication with the City's comment.
  307. This sentence was corrected to attribute the quote to Matiwane, not Diko: Matiwane said the Eastern Cape Department of Education was aware of the problem with the toilets “because the officials visit our school every year”.
  308. A letter of support for Abahlali and for the residents of eKhenana has been signed by prominent US intellectual Noam Chomsky. The letter calls on the South African authorities to “deal fairly with the shack dwellers, to take the poor seriously as they take leadership in building decent lives in a very difficult situation”.
  309. The Giyani Municipality spokesperson's first name was corrected to Steven (not Simon)
  310. The article was updated with a response from Vhembe District Municipality spokesperson.
  311. The article originally stated that we've been reporting late judgments since 2018. We have actually been doing so since 2017.
  312. The NPA asked GroundUp to print the following response (which was subsequently updated a second time):

    In relation to the article by GroundUp the NPA accepts that it is correct that any prisoner who suffers from a terminal disease might qualify for medical parole in terms of Section 79(1)(a) – (c) of the Correctional Services Act 111 of 1998. There is however a further requirement that the risk of re-offending must be low.

    The NPA further accepts that the medical parole board acts according to prescribed powers and will only release those prisoners who qualify and not release those who do not. The NPA is however concerned that Mr Jacob’s family are wrongly and publicly issuing statements that Jacobs without question qualifies for medical parole, when this is still a matter for the medical parole board to decide according to strict criteria, including possibly the prisoner’s danger to society and this is causing the Schoombie family unnecessary and unfair anguish.

  313. The town of Newcastle was spelt incorrectly in the original.
  314. The headline was changed to reflect that the ACC wants the road moved, not stopped.
  315. The article was updated with comment from the City of Cape Town.
  316. 2021-08-20 07:56 - Update for An interview with Hopewell Chin’ono
    A broken link explaining who is Itai Dzamara was replaced.
  317. The following correction was made: the group of parents call themselves Save Our Kids not Save Our Children.
  318. The article was updated with a response from the City of Cape Town.
  319. The article originally said Minister Peters had agreed to the devolution of the rail infrastructure. It was in fact still under discussion.
  320. Sadly, Winston died on 25 July 2021. Our condolences to his family, friends and the health workers who tried so hard to save his life.
  321. The article was updated with a response from the City
  322. This article was update to include that the matter was postponed to Friday following a brief hearing on Wednesday.
  323. The article was updated with comment from the City of Cape Town
  324. This article previously incorrectly attributed a quote to Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste, Xanthea Limberg. It has since been corrected to Mayco Member for Human Settlements, Malusi Booi.
  325. The paragraph that provides an overview of the status of refugee and asylum seekers has been improved to give a more accurate picture of the trend with regard to asylum seeker applications. The ten-year average, which previously stood alone, was supplemented with a trajectory for the five most recent years.
  326. This article previously incorrectly named Mitchell’s Plain Community Forum Leader Sandy Sutter. We have corrected it to Strandfontein Community Police Forum chairperson Sandy Schuter.
  327. This article was corrected as follows: The sentence: “Bao Down is currently closed after level 4 restrictions came into effect on Sunday” was replaced with: “Bao Down is currently closed as it relocates to Green Point; it will reopen for takeaways but not yet table service after level 4 restrictions that came into effect on Sunday.”
  328. This article previously stated that the occupiers were unlawfully evicted in 2017. They were in fact evicted through a court process, however after fighting it in court, were allowed to moved back.
  329. 2021-06-20 17:45 - Correction for Domestic workers celebrate workplace gains
    The photo caption originally incorrectly gave the founding year of UDWOSA as 2019 instead of 2018.
  330. 2021-06-18 11:11 - Correction for Domestic workers celebrate workplace gains
    The caption was corrected. It originally suggested the person featured in the photo was Pinky Mashiane.
  331. This story was re-edited after publication although no substantial changes were made.
  332. Dr Fauci's title was corrected. He is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the US National Institutes of Health, not the director of National Institutes of Health as originally stated.
  333. The article was updated with a response from the City.
  334. The article said R165,000 was taken from Shigute. This amount was in fact taken from Markos. These two sentences have been corrected.
  335. The original article stated that the vials contain 0.2ml of vaccine. It's actually 0.45. We've corrected this section and also explained that an additional reason that there are generally five rather than six doses per vaccine is because of the dead space in the syringes. For more on the dead space in syringe see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low_dead_space_syringe
  336. In an earlier version of the article a seat described as a proportional representation one was actually a ward seat.
  337. The original article said the committee meeting is on Friday. It is on Wednesday.
  338. The original article stated that the SAPS Amendment Bill will become law later this year. As the corrected version makes clear, it must still be presented to Parliament's police committee.
  339. The original article quoted Ryan Noach saying the glitch affected one Discovery place, but that is an address: 1 Discovery Place.
  340. This article was updated to include comment from SASSA spokesperson Luzuko Qina.
  341. 2021-05-12 09:46 - Update for Protesters dump rubbish inside City depot
    This article has been changed to include comment from the City of Cape Town.
  342. The article originally quoted the death statistics for Hungary and South Africa per 100k people but it is was actually per 1m people.
  343. We used Mr Marinus's second name instead of his first name in an earlier version of this article.
  344. The article was updated to reflect that the group only handed over their open letter to the Department of Social Development in Pretoria on Thursday.
  345. The article was updated when comment was received from PRASA
  346. This article was updated to include comment from eThekwini Municipality spokesperson, Msawakhe Mayisela.
  347. A reader has pointed out that the mill at Oude Moulen may have a better claim to being South Africa's oldest surviving windmill as it was built in 1782, and so predates Mostert's Mill by 14 years. However the mill at Oude Moulen was converted into a chapel in 1928, while Mostert's Mill remained as a mill, intermittently in operation, until the fire. And it will hopefully grind wheat again in the not too distant future.
  348. This article previously stated that there are no toilets in the building. It has been updated to reflect that there are only two working toilets.
  349. The original article incorrectly identified the one judge as George Phatudi. It is in fact AML Phatudi, a different judge.
  350. The story was updated with further comment from the WCED saying it had tried to obtain details of the learners attending the school in order to place them.
  351. The article was updated with comment from provincial health spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo
  352. 2021-04-12 10:44 - Correction for Learners are taught outside at tiny rural school
    The school's name was incorrectly reported as Isipho Primary. The correct name is Inkosi Sipho Primary School.
  353. 2021-04-08 14:52 - Correction for Zimbabwean couple demand gay rights
    An earlier version of the article cited the wrong section of the Zimbabwean Constitution.
  354. Comment from the Western Cape Department of Education added.
  355. An earlier version of the article misspelt Mr Matutu's name.