Articles by Thamsanqa Mbovane

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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
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Living on the banks of a river of sewage

Open sewage flows past 100 RDP homes in Uitenhage

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 23 July 2018
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RDP houses unfit for people with disabilities

People with disabilities are prioritised for RDP houses but their homes are often not adjusted for them despite mounds of legislation

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 19 July 2018
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Youth give blind woman’s house a makeover on Mandela Day

“My soul is very happy today. These youth are following the good example of Madiba.”

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 18 July 2018
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Hiring of “teagirl” sparks protest in Uitenhage

Anger over employment procedure at sewer project

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 18 July 2018
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Unions claim victory in Port Elizabeth municipal back pay agreement

Trollip says coalition council has resolved decades of impasse with workers

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 13 July 2018
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300 toilets without houses after five years

Uitenhage housing beneficiaries were moved to the toilets a year ago

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 12 July 2018
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Municipality fails to fix burst pipe for two years, says resident

Uitenhage resident says area around his house remains waterlogged despite reporting the problem to the City several times

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 9 July 2018
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Health workers strike for safer working conditions

Protestors demanded panic buttons, regular police patrol and guns for security guards

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 2 July 2018
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Protesters accuse ANC of job favouritism and shut down construction site

Residents of KwaNobuhle demand repairs to their RDP homes

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 27 June 2018
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Unsuspecting SASSA beneficiary duped into getting green EasyPay card

Beneficiary claims he was told green card operates the same way as the official SASSA card.

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 25 June 2018