By Thembela Ntongana, GroupdUp Learners at Vukile Tshwete Secondary School in the Eastern Cape during a protest over poor conditions at the school. Photo: Thembela Ntongana Equal Education held demonstrations in Limpopo, Gauteng, Western Cape and Eastern Cape on Wednesday to demand action from national and provincial government to fix South...
From its production to the disposal, your smartphone may be causing violence and deaths at various parts of the world. Here is how. Conflict minerals 3 T’s: tin, tungsten, and tantalum, and coltan are the major minerals with which components of the smartphone -- or even laptops, TVs -- are made. They...
Moringa leaves are about 30% protein and have abundant levels of vitamins and minerals | Flickr/Books for Life Carrie Waterman, University of California, Davis If plants could be superheroes, the Moringa (Moringa oleifera) tree would be one of them. Although native to the foothills of the Himalayas in India, moringa can...
By Mary-Anne Gontsana and GroundUp Staff Voëlvlei Dam in May 2017. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks Cape Town’s municipal water quality is excellent. In normal times there is no good reason to buy bottled water, but these are not normal times. As Day Zero approaches — the hopefully avoided day when water no...
While plague is spreading in Madagascar, killing dozens, the WHO has supplied 1.2 million doses of antibiotics and released US$1.5 million dollars in emergency funds to fight the outbreak. "Plague is curable if detected in time. Our teams are working to ensure that everyone at risk has access to protection...
Kenya has recognised Kenyans of South Asian descent, including Indian, as the country’s 44th tribe. The decision was taken to promote “national cohesion and integration”, according to government. Kenya has a population of 48.5 million. The last census, in 2009, showed that the country had 46,782 Kenyan Asians and 35,009 Asians...
The “open border” policy of Uganda, which accommodates some 1.4 million refugees, has drawn praise from UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, who has called the country's treatment of those fleeing wars and persecution as a model for the rest of the world. “I want to thank the Ugandan...
Around 45% of teens in Katavi region of Tanzania are pregnant or mothers, say the government data. While the teenage pregnancy rate across the country is  27%, as per Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey, regions such as Tabora (43), Dodoma (39), Mara (37) and Shinyanga (34) have the higher rates,...
Simon McMahon, Coventry University A man called out numbers against the murky darkness of the Libyan night: “400, 500, 600, 650.” These were bids in Libyan dinars during a slave auction. Video footage of these scenes, aired in mid-November by CNN, thrust concerns about the conditions facing migrants at Europe’s...
A new group of 40 young volunteers from the USA have joined the Peace Corps in South Africa to work on community development in rural areas. The 36th group, since 1997, will join 163 other Americans volunteers to create awareness on issues such as education, health, HIV/Aids awareness agriculture, small business and...

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