Articles by Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik

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Wheelchair user Nonkululeko Dziweni has to wait for two people to take her to the toilet in a mall one kilometre away

Buffalo City mayor hears Mdantsane residents’ complaints

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 4 October 2019
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Threat of drought looms over Queenstown

Some residents are already only getting water for an hour a day

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 3 October 2019
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The village where women can’t afford to report rape

Nearest police station is 120 kilometres away

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 23 September 2019
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Confusion over land ownership leaves Butterworth residents in limbo

Hundreds of families without services for 12 years

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 16 September 2019
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Mdantsane community divided over suspended ward councillor

Residents say the ANC is failing both sides by not acting

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 21 August 2019
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Eastern Cape villagers demand municipality fix their roads

Over 200 residents march to Intsika Yethu Municipality

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 15 August 2019
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Day zero in Butterworth

Not drought but municipalities caused water crisis, say residents

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 14 August 2019
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Drought and strike leave taps dry in Butterworth

Protesting residents block N2 demanding water tankers

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 12 August 2019
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“No one was going to believe me” says rape survivior

Eastern Cape women struggle with prosecution of rapists

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 8 August 2019
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Eastern Cape villages have had no water for almost two weeks

Primary school told to pay for water tankers

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 2 August 2019
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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

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 31 July 2019
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Company leaves R164 million housing project unfinished

No houses for some, unfinished houses for others in Mdantsane RDP project

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik and GroundUp Staff - 30 July 2019
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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

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 19 July 2019
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Ward councillor says Komponi occupiers must fend for themselves

About 60 families illegally occupying prefab homes for two years want services

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 5 July 2019
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Residents burn rubbish because it doesn’t get collected

“It’s like they forgot about us,” says resident in East London informal settlement

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 1 July 2019
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Equal Education pickets outside Eastern Cape State of the Province address

EE wants R4.3 million saved at this year’s official opening of the legislature to be allocated to fixing schools

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 28 June 2019