Articles by Thamsanqa Mbovane

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Union outraged that Public Works employees sent to “no-go” areas in PE

Workers are not “bulletproof” says shop steward

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 12 March 2019
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Residents won’t let councillor return until their RDP houses are repaired

Office of Uitenhage ward 45 councillor shut since July 2018

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 11 March 2019
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Show of force by SAMWU in PE

Municipal workers hold large meeting outside Port Elizabeth City Hall, saying: “We want them to hear”

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 8 March 2019
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Thousands of litres saved as water leak in Uitenhage finally fixed

Municipality says leak was from house owner’s pipe but they were able to fix it

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 7 March 2019
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Thousands of litres of clean water spilling onto Uitenhage street

Residents say they reported leak in January

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 6 March 2019
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Selling prickly pears by the side of the road

This is not a job for the weak, says Uitenhage woman

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 6 March 2019
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Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay says hands off Uitenhage land occupation

Over 200 shacks erected in Khayelitsha with ward councillor’s support

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 1 March 2019
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Education department is “showing us the middle finger”

Parents protest about the dilapidated state of three Uitenhage schools

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 22 February 2019
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1,000 families move onto vacant land as mayor freezes evictions

Residents name settlement “Bobani Village” after Nelson Mandela Bay mayor

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 20 February 2019
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NEHAWU begins nationwide shutdown of colleges

Shutdown “indefinite” until demands are met says national spokesperson

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 14 February 2019
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Herds of cows, grunting pigs, chickens and goats invade RDP yards

“We know we are not supposed to live with cattle, but where else can we go?” asks elderly resident

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 27 August 2018
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Children must cross treacherous river bed on foot to go to school

The bridge over the river collapsed in 2005

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 20 August 2018
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Uitenhage learners protest over teacher shortage

Learners say they have had no permanent maths and science teachers all year

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 15 August 2018
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Uitenhage housing protest ends in land occupation

“It pains me when you burn tar roads while you demand new ones” councillor tells protesters

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 6 August 2018
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Grade 8 learner sent home for having Afro hair

We are not here for fashion parades, says principal

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 2 August 2018
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Eastcape Midlands College campuses shut down

Students demand their NSFAS funds

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 30 July 2018