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Account number: 1206484632
Branch code: 198765
Non-profit registration: 254-625-NPO
Public benefit organisation: 930071956
VAT registration: 4270293717
Why donate to GroundUp?
GroundUp publishes news that matters. We report human rights stories across South Africa. Our journalists won the prestigious 2021 Nat Nakasa Community Award.
South Africa’s Constitution gives people the rights to housing, education, health, safety, a decent environment, justice, food and dignity. Our stories show what these rights mean in daily life.
GroundUp is a non-profit news agency. We rely on donations to do our work. We don’t run ads and our articles are always free to read. Your donation is tax-deductible, so please support us.
- Donate R250 and enjoy that warm, fuzzy feeling.
- Donate R1,000 so that our Agony Aunt can write a well-researched answer to a reader's question.
- Donate R2,500 so that one of our freelancers can write an article on a pressing human rights issue.
- Donate R5,000 so that we can produce an arresting video about a key community.
- Donate R10,000 so that we can do an in-depth feature on a rural area.
- Donate R20,000 and we can afford our lawyer.
(By the way, we're independent, so while we appreciate all donations, donors don't have a say in what we publish.)
We’re widely read: Our articles are republished daily on many of the country’s biggest news websites: News24, Daily Maverick, BusinessTech, The Citizen, The South African and Moneyweb. We’re also published in newspapers like The Witness, The Herald and Daily Dispatch. Our website is visited 7,000 times daily. We get over 260,000 page views a month.
We’re national: We report from the major cities — Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, East London, Gqeberha — but also small towns like Lusikisiki, Cofimvaba, Mthatha, Louis Trichardt, Newcastle, Port Alfred and many others.
Covering what the mainstream ignores: You’re not likely to find a story on GroundUp about what the president is doing today. You will find stories about protests, land occupations, how well or badly the social grant system is working, and the daily struggles of people living in informal settlements.
We also break big stories: Massive corruption at PRASA, how Lottery money is being misspent, the implosion of the Fisheries Department.
Reporting the law: Well-run courts, whose judgments are widely understood, are essential to realising human rights. We run regular in-depth reports on important human rights judgments. But they’re written to be understood by non-lawyers.
We hold judges to account: While we respect the judiciary, we are not in awe of judges. We expose judges who behave badly, who deliver judgments late or abuse their positions.
News in an age of commentary: Commentary is cheap. News isn’t. While we do publish some commentary, we treasure news reporting, because without it, commentary is useless. We publish well over one thousand original news articles a year.
Why no adverts or subscriptions?
We are a small newsroom dependent on donations, small and large. We focus on producing news, and we want our stories to be read everywhere by as many people as possible with minimal distraction, unencumbered by adverts and commercial interests. This is why we publish under a Creative Commons license: our articles are free to republish.
This is a viable model. We’ve been going since 2012 and we’re getting bigger and better each year. ProPublica in the United States, AmaBhungane in South Africa and The Correspondent in The Netherlands are other successful examples of donor-funded publications.
Who are our reporters?
We have a team of staff and freelance reporters. Many of them live in townships or come from informal settlements, and it is life here that they write about. They have a deep understanding of the areas they report on.
In an era of shrinking newsrooms, few opportunities exist for young reporters to receive training and support. GroundUp has an intensive editing process that produces high-quality articles for publication, but also helps our reporters to improve.
How much does it cost to run GroundUp?
News doesn't come cheap. Reporters typically spend at least four hours on a story, often much more. We have to cover their transport, telephone and internet costs. It usually takes a couple of hours and two or more people to edit and publish even the simplest article, and we’re publishing five articles a day on average. An everyday article costs R3,000 or so to publish. That’s excluding rent, insurance, computers, cameras and all the other things you need to run a newsroom. Also, we sometimes get sued or taken to the press ombudsman. Even though we almost always win, we have to spend quite a bit on legal fees.
In 2020 we spent R7 million. Our budget for 2021 is just over R7.7 million. We are very efficient at what we do.
Who funds us?
Much of our funding is from institutional donors. But we need more of our readers to support us. Our readers give anything from once-off R20 donations to R10,000 every year.
Who are we?
GroundUp is a South African registered not-for-profit company. You can find out more about GroundUp’s staff here.