An Eastern Cape municipality promised its residents houses over a decade ago. They’re still waiting

If residents accept a proposal by the province they will get houses with pit latrines and water tanks within two years

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5 October 2021

Mud school has one broken toilet for 175 learners and staff

Four grades share one classroom at Centane primary school

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12 March 2021

Butterworth residents promised houses in 2008 won’t see them any time soon

Formed in 1986, Yako informal settlement still has no services

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26 February 2021

Butterworth water protests politically motivated says municipality

“Officials live in East London … When they take a bath they spend an hour because they have enough water” responds protester

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23 October 2020

Families drink from drains as water trucks break down

Three out of four water trucks in Eastern Cape town are in for repairs

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29 September 2020

Villagers donate money to build a clinic in a shack

Villagers in the rural Eastern Cape struggling to access health services have tried to create their own infrastructure

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9 September 2020

Angry Butterworth protesters send mayor away

Residents ask Premier to drink borehole water, but he refuses

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19 February 2020

Dams empty in Eastern Cape

The Gcuwa and all dams supplying Butterworth and surrounding areas are dry

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14 November 2019

Confusion over land ownership leaves Butterworth residents in limbo

Hundreds of families without services for 12 years

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16 September 2019

Day zero in Butterworth

Not drought but municipalities caused water crisis, say residents

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14 August 2019

Drought and strike leave taps dry in Butterworth

Protesting residents block N2 demanding water tankers

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12 August 2019

“No one was going to believe me” says rape survivior

Eastern Cape women struggle with prosecution of rapists

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8 August 2019

Dagga business in the open in Eastern Cape

For members of the Rastafarian community it’s an economic opportunity, but some want it shut down

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31 July 2019

Villagers close rotting school in Eastern Cape

“Our school gets annual maintenance budget but it is very useless to maintain rotten material”

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22 July 2019

The land is “unsuitable for habitation” says municipality, but thousands live on it

Sikiti informal settlement in Butterworth, Eastern Cape, was established over 20 years ago

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19 July 2019

Taps run dry while broken pipe wastes water for a month

“Our government says we must look after water because of drought. But it seems they do not practise what they preach,” says Eastern Cape villager

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16 July 2019