Articles by Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik

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300 homes share eight pit toilets

Shackdwellers in Polar Park and Tyampolo, East London, are not even on housing waiting lists

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 18 June 2019
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Mdantsane residents close down ANC ward councillor’s office

Councillor Ntombizodwa Gamnca laughs off allegations that she is involved in dodgy housing deals

By Lisekho Madikane and Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 18 June 2019
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Gogo’s 20 year battle to change an error on her ID

Home Affairs is now investigating the matter

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 31 May 2019
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Eastern Cape family’s looooong battle to get a correct ID

According to Masibulele Soboyisi’s ID he was too young to write matric, so he can’t get his results

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 24 May 2019
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Stokvel women have become mashonisas

Pressure is on stokvel members to lend money at very high rates of interest

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 20 May 2019
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Taps have been dry for five years in Eastern Cape village

Amathole District Municipality cannot deliver more water

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 14 May 2019
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Five years after botched road contract, Lady Frere residents have unanswered questions

Road company didn’t understand basic construction norms, say consultants

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik and Katherine Liu - 9 May 2019
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A loan shark has her ID, so she can’t vote today

It’s illegal, but the mashonisas keep documents and bank cards

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 8 May 2019
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We campaigned for the ANC as instructed, but we never got the promised houses, say East London families

Braelyn residents have been trying to get housing since 2013

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 7 May 2019
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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