Articles by Yamkela Ntshongwana

Photo of an informal settlement

Residents of Amalinda say they have been forgotten

500 households with no electrification, months without rubbish collection, only two taps and a dozen working toilets

By Yamkela Ntshongwana - 28 November 2019
Photo of a woman in front of a half built house

RDP housing is at a snail’s pace in Eastern Cape

Construction companies blame government budget constraints

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik and Yamkela Ntshongwana - 21 November 2019
Photo of a starving goat

Over 1,000 villagers without tap water for three months

Ncorha Bulk Water Project will only be completed at the end of 2020.

By Yamkela Ntshongwana - 22 October 2019
Photo of shacks

Fed up Eastern Cape villagers told to move shacks, promised new homes

“We watched them build proper shelters for those who came after us” says villager

By Yamkela Ntshongwana - 28 August 2019
Photo of child squatting in field

Grade R learners told to avoid the school toilets and use the field

Eastern Cape Education Department says Mangelengele Primary School is too small to invest in

By Yamkela Ntshongwana - 15 August 2019
Photo of a petrol station

Government’s multi-million rand filling station stands empty for years

Qamata chief vows it will not open until municipality acknowledges local land ownership

By Yamkela Ntshongwana - 11 July 2019
Photo of Buntingville Clinic

Nurses in village clinic buy medical essentials with their own money

Health workers have to draw blood without gloves

By Yamkela Ntshongwana - 27 May 2019
Photo of a shop

Eastern Cape immigrant shop owners say they pay for protection from “xenophobia”

Last week immigrant-owned shops in Cofimvaba were shut down for a day by SANCO

By Yamkela Ntshongwana - 12 April 2019
Photo of shacks and people

Living just metres from a railway line

Small community says they are terrorised by criminals and police

By Yamkela Ntshongwana - 28 March 2019
Photo of a woman outside her house

Shoddy RDP house never fixed

“I have been in prison, not once, not twice, but many times. But here I am living on an unfinished house,” says struggle veteran

By Yamkela Ntshongwana - 7 March 2019
Photo of shacks

Eastern Cape residents must make way for taxi rank

Second time in four years that the people of Bhekela informal settlement will be moved

By Yamkela Ntshongwana - 22 February 2019
Photo of a woman

69-year-old woman scrap collector sleeps by the roadside

Eastern Cape women spend weeks on the road collecting ferrous metals

By Yamkela Ntshongwana - 10 December 2018
Photo of dam

Call for dam to be fenced after child drowns

Open dams in Cofimvaba have claimed several lives

By Yamkela Ntshongwana - 23 November 2018
Photo of a rondavel and children

School has 196 learners and ten grades but only four classrooms

“I feel like I am running three different schools,” says principal

By Yamkela Ntshongwana - 1 November 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
Photo of a village

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