How a criminal record becomes a life sentence

2017-03-17 08:01

A DVD player, sound system and three chocolates stand in the way of Denzil Bailey having the opportunity to earn an honest living.

From cash to cake: News24 readers reach out to grant-dependent family

2017-02-22 09:28

From birthday cakes to monetary donations, News24 readers have dug deep to help a Cape Town family surviving solely on R1 050 a month in government grants.

How R1 050 keeps a grant-dependent family going

2017-02-20 11:49

The Plaatjies, along with 45.5% of South African households, are dependent on government social grants, which are available to families with a combined monthly income of R7 000 or less.

ANC Limpopo backs Van Rooyen on pro-poor bank

2017-02-14 16:03

The ANC in Limpopo has called on the provincial government to establish a pro-poor bank because poor people struggle to secure finance at major banks.

The long queue for social grants

2017-02-03 08:08

Social grant recipients have spoken to GroundUp about the challenges they face waiting in long queues for their money.

Be bold, dream big

2017-01-29 06:09

The excitement in Futhi Mtoba’s face as she introduced Tom, a Harvard student, to me at the lobby of my new residence was priceless. I, too, was beyond excited to meet Tom.

Time to stop cheating the poor

2017-01-22 06:44

Decent work should not be a concept hidden in government documents, writes Gugulethu Mhlungu.

'We are part of Sea Point. We want to live here'

2017-01-20 08:39

Over 200 people have met to discuss whether affordable housing should be built on the last sizeable state-owned land in Sea Point, Cape Town.

Unsupervised children eat rotten food at illegal Mbombela dump site

2017-01-12 12:03

A community in Mpumalanga has threatened to protest should their municipality fail to address complaints about an illegal dump site from which unsupervised children eat rotting food.

'Patience is a virtue,' Mantashe tells Soweto residents who have waited 22 years for houses

2017-01-06 14:44

ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe has told residents of Tshepisong informal settlement in Soweto, who have been asking for houses for years, that "patience is a virtue".


'People would die if grants stopped' - KZN family surviving on R850 foster care grant

2017-02-23 10:11

Rhoda Ntombenhle Khoza of Durban uses a monthly R850 foster care grant to look after her nephew and niece, and says people would die if grant payments stopped.

'To people dustbins smell bad. To me they smell of money.'

2017-02-20 13:55

Thembisile Kubheka lives by collecting waste material for recycling from the suburban dustbins of Springs.

Low-income kids more likely to have asthma

2017-02-15 10:59

Asthma is more prominent among children from low-income areas while autism is more often diagnosed among children from higher-income families, a new study finds.

Khayelitsha soup kitchen feeds dozens weekly

2017-02-08 11:06

Every week dozens of people come for a meal at Maureen Mabanga’s Khayelitsha soup kitchen, supplied with SA food that retailers and manufacturers consider waste, but which is still edible.

Poverty can take two years off your life

2017-02-02 09:42

According to researchers, poverty is one of the strongest predictors of illness and early death worldwide, but is often not included in health policies.

The Joburg township where outlaws make the rules

2017-01-25 08:33

It’s dangerous, often fatal, but illegal underground gold mining is pretty much all that sustains the economy of Lindelane, a sprawl of tin shacks and shebeens near Benoni.

The cost of being a poor immigrant

2017-01-22 06:36

This is about the theft of poor foreigners’ resources on a huge scale, writes Jared Sacks

Woman sent from pillar to post as she tries to bury her children

2017-01-18 07:54

More than a month after Oyisa and Asenathi died in a fire, their mother Bongiswa Joyce is still unable to bury them because of red tape and a lack of money.

Peeved teachers tired of forking out for pupils' stationery

2017-01-10 10:31

Several teachers have taken to Facebook ahead of the reopening of schools to vent their frustrations at having to use their own money to buy stationery for pupils, says a report.

Matric results: Sanco calls for more funding for underperforming provinces

2017-01-05 12:47

Matric results will only improve if poorer provinces receive more funding, the South African National Civic Organisation says.

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