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GroundUp

Nonprofit News Agency

GroundUp reports human rights stories across South Africa. Their journalists won the prestigious 2021 Nat Nakasa Community Award. GroundUp started in April 2012 as a joint project of Community Media Trust and the University of Cape Town's Centre for Social Science Research. As of June 2020, they became a standalone non-profit company. Support news that matters: https://www.groundup.org.za/donate/

Children feel the magic of stories at World Read Aloud Day

By Ashraf Hendricks, GroundUp.  Photo: Ashraf Hendricks Everyone who can - teachers, parents, caregivers - should read to children, says Gabrielle Kelly, Head of Research, Impact and Innovation at Nal’ibali. Speaking at a Worl...

Khayelitsha animal clinic celebrates birthday with lively dog show

By Mary-Anne Gontsana. Photos by Ashraf Hendricks. The biggest dog, the best look-alike, the cutest, the most unusual dog, the best dressed owner and dog, the shiniest coat, the cutest trick, the best behaved, and the smallest dog – the...

Simple games help children learn to read

By Liezl Human Photos: Ashraf Hendricks A few hundred caregivers, teachers, parents, and children attended the Wordworks Early Literacy Festival on 16 September. The event highlighted early literacy and language development. Many of the par...

Checkmate: Gugulethu chess coach shares her passion with youth

By Mary-Anne Gontsana, GroundUp News Photos: Mary-Anne Gontsana Gugulethu Chess College founder Babalwa Rubusana goes from class to class at Luzuko Primary School, collecting learners on the under-11 chess team. Founded in 2016 and ai...

Thriving Langa gardens feed hungry families: Former dumpsites transformed into vegetable plots

Residents living in the N2 Gateway social housing project flats in Langa have turned dumpsites on empty land into three thriving vegetable gardens. Spinach, cabbages, kale, potatoes, onions, turnips, beetroot, pepper, peas, tomatoes, bu...

Celebrating Langa through its artists

On the pavement between small businesses in the busy street of Lerotholi Avenue in Langa is a large statue of a woman, made out of grass, stone, mud and clay. Inside, is Langa’s first art gallery, 16 on Lerotholi. The statue is by artist Ang...

Funding crisis in North West as Social Development department fails to pay subsidies

One organisation has already had to close three offices Many non-profit organisations say they are battling to keep their doors open, and some have been forced to close due to non-payment by the North West Department of Social Development. Thi...

Half of non-profit organisations are failing to comply with the law

Department of Social Development claims it is deregistering non-compliant organisations. The Department of Social Development (DSD) says only half the more than 250,000 registered non-profit organisations are compliant with legal requirements. I...