Articles by Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik

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Housing list sparks protests in East London

Police use tear gas and rubber bullets to quell two days of demonstrations in Nompumelelo township

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 18 April 2019
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Villagers use sheep shed while brand new community hall stands unused

Eight months after completion, Eastern Cape community waits for “official opening”

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 12 April 2019
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Man with disability has waited 11 years for temporary accommodation

Councillor says temporary housing was given to people who did not need it

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 4 April 2019
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“The municipality is not collecting our rubbish, but they threaten to arrest us if we dump”

Residents say Queenstown is left with only one garbage truck

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 4 April 2019
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Crumbling infrastructure leaves Eastern Cape villagers without water

“We are lucky because we recently got rain”

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 29 March 2019
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Fix our gravel roads or we won’t vote, community tells mayor

Magwala villagers in the Eastern Cape say their roads have not been fixed for 19 years

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 25 March 2019
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Garbage piles up in Cambridge, East London

Ward councillor says problem is across the metro

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 8 March 2019
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Hardworking and dedicated, but these janitors in East London can go unpaid for weeks

Toilet cleaners also have to buy their own cleaning materials and chemicals and work without gloves or protective clothing

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 4 March 2019
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Tsomo’s mystery water tankers

Municipality says it provides a water tanker but residents say they’ve never seen one

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 1 March 2019
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“I want all my rapists to be arrested”

Rape survivor says the police have failed her time and again

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 20 February 2019
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In this Eastern Cape school, learners borrow a broken toilet seat from one of the staff toilets

“This is not a school but a disaster waiting to happen”

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 30 November 2018
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Eastern Cape villagers say they’ve been left out of huge water project

Xonxa dam won’t benefit us, say Xonxa villagers

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 29 November 2018
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Nepotism in Eastern Cape municipality to be probed

Investigation follows weeks of protests in Stutterheim

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 22 November 2018
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Taps often run dry in Eastern Cape village

Villagers say they have to draw water from a river and a dirty canal

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 31 October 2018
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Cofimvaba’s R2 million traders’ stalls are empty after five years

Vendors say they can’t afford to buy R82 permits from the municipality

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 26 October 2018
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Strike in Ngcobo put on hold after two weeks

86 casual workers are demanding permanent positions

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik and Yamkela Ntshongwana - 22 October 2018