Articles by Joseph Chirume

R300,000 lotto grant for school comes to naught because of criminals

“They only left stumps of goalposts,” says primary school principal

By Joseph Chirume - 5 August 2020

“Improve conditions at all health facilities” demands TAC

Protesters give Eastern Cape health department seven days to respond to demand to produce Covid-19 plan

By Joseph Chirume - 30 July 2020

Municipality “deep cleans” shacks but there is no evidence this is useful against Covid-19

“We want residents to be relocated to better places in order for us to defeat this virus” says community leader

By Joseph Chirume - 23 July 2020

Cooking up a storm: restaurant staff protest across South Africa

Curfew and alcohol ban cited as major factors as the industry sheds thousands of jobs

By Zoë Postman, Nokulunga Majola, Ashraf Hendricks, Joseph Chirume and Lucas Nowicki - 22 July 2020

Homeowners and shack dwellers clash over illegal electricity connections

“As long as the municipality does not provide us with electricity, the illegal connections will continue”

By Joseph Chirume - 22 July 2020

“There are toilets but we cannot use them”

Mobile toilets lie on the ground for weeks in PE informal settlement

By Joseph Chirume - 15 July 2020

Truck drivers protest against employment of immigrants

Civic organisations warn of risks of xenophobia

By Joseph Chirume - 7 July 2020

New Brighton residents launch community patrols as crime runs riot

“Our children no longer care to see a dead body”

By Joseph Chirume - 6 July 2020

Hundreds of new homes demolished in Port Elizabeth

Municipality demolishes shacks as they are being built

By Joseph Chirume - 1 July 2020

Vandalism during lockdown drains Motherwell school’s budget

Parents have started patrolling the grounds to scare off vandals

By Joseph Chirume - 29 June 2020

“Commuters have to urinate in the open,” says PE taxi driver

Taxi rank public toilets badly vandalised last year have remained closed

By Joseph Chirume - 24 June 2020

Motherwell school shut down by parents worried about safety

Eastern Cape Department of Education says 94% of schools had received personal protective equipment

By Joseph Chirume - 12 June 2020

Young carpenter turns dumped wood into curios

Ulundi Mpulu, 21, founded House of Pallets, a curio shop and African kitchen

By Joseph Chirume - 11 June 2020

Many learners sent home from “unprepared” schools, while others return

“Things have changed a lot”

Bernard Chiguvare, Buziwe Nocuze, Mkhuseli Sizani, Joseph Chirume, Nompendulo Ngubane, Thamsanqa Mbovane - 8 June 2020

Covid-19: Informal traders quietly defy ban on door-to-door selling

“I can’t sit at home while my family is starving”

By Joseph Chirume - 27 May 2020

Water tanks run dry in Motherwell informal settlements

“Residents spend time in long queues waiting to fetch water” says community leader

By Joseph Chirume - 19 May 2020