Articles by Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik

Photo of broken toilet

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
Photo of a woman holding up the lid of a black bin

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
Photo of traders' stalls

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
Photo of a rubbish strewn street

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
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Eastern Cape villagers must wait two months or walk miles to clinics

With only three mobile clinics to serve 93 places in Intsika Yethu, weekly visits are not possible

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik and Yamkela Ntshongwana - 19 October 2018
Photo of burning clinic

Stutterheim protesters burn municipal offices and clinic over lack of jobs

“Unfortunately the clinic mistakenly burnt down but it was never the plan”

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 18 October 2018
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Parents have to build toilets for Eastern Cape school

Learners at schools in Cofimvaba have to relieve themselves outside

By Yamkela Ntshongwana and Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 12 October 2018
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Police assault case stuck in NPA

Eastern Cape man says he was accused of stealing fuel and badly beaten

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 10 October 2018
Photo of long grant recipient queues

Post Office delivers mixed bag for social grant recipients

“We will die standing in this queue” says pensioner

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik, Barbara Maregele, Nompendulo Ngubane and Chumani Mazwi - 4 October 2018
Photo of children and a carer

Sheep shearing shed used as a day care centre for 50 children

Community desperate for funds to finish building a proper centre

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 2 October 2018
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Pay R4 if you want to use the toilet at Home Affairs

Security guards at Cofimvaba in the Eastern Cape demand money from people who need the toilet

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 24 September 2018
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14 arrests in Eastern Cape taxi protest

“A bullet missed me. I felt it passing my face”

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik and Yamkela Ntshongwana - 20 September 2018
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Ignorance about people with HIV still exists in 2018

“It was like I was dirty … I had no choice but to leave home”

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 7 September 2018
Photo of children at a day care centre

Villagers start special needs day-care centre

Parents in rural Great Kei struggled to find suitable schools for their children with disability

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 28 August 2018