Articles by Thamsanqa Mbovane

Even the rats have left this household now that the cupboard is empty

Brother and sister used to rely on Covid-19 grant


Brief | 17 June 2021

Dispute over quality of prison food

Correctional services say claims by Prisoners at Leeuwkop Maximum Prison are “nowhere near reality”


Brief | 11 June 2021

Protesters torch ten electricity poles in Kariega

Several communities surrounding Area 11 plunged into darkness since Saturday


Brief | 1 June 2021

Mayor calls for army to end taxi strike

Protesters in Nelson Mandela Bay have forced the closure of clinics, schools, shopping centres and disrupted many other vital services

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News | 28 May 2021

Parents win three year battle to build school

Construction of Kariega school was stalled because education department failed to pay contractors


Brief | 27 May 2021

Council cleans the filthy street we filmed

Readers tell us there are other places as bad as Bering Street in Kariega


Video | 26 May 2021

Street lights dead for years in Nelson Mandela Bay

“We hear screams at night from women … It is very difficult to go outside and help because you will be a target too”


News | 21 May 2021

Video: Is this the most disgusting street in South Africa?

This video shows the awful state of Bering Street in KwaNobuhle, Kariega (formerly Uitenhage). It was filmed on 17 May.


Video | 19 May 2021

Desperate pleas for government to continue Covid-19 grant

“With the grant I could buy food that lasted a month”

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News | 18 May 2021

Learners sent home as taps run dry at Eastern Cape schools

Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber to adopt over 30 schools to help with water saving measures


News | 17 May 2021

Desperate people queue for last Covid-19 grants

Grant was terminated at the end of April but some payments are still outstanding


News | 12 May 2021

Two months without water in settlement for elderly and people with disabilities

Eight water tanks for 500 households in Dubai were last filled in February


Brief | 10 May 2021

Protesters set fire to electricity poles in Kariega

“Let there be darkness for all” says man


Brief | 5 May 2021

Kariega shack dwellers stop electrification project

Informal settlement residents are demanding their homes get electricity first


Brief | 3 May 2021

“Our people don’t live in speed humps,” Kariega residents tell municipality

Meeting told about water leaks, broken houses and dirty streets


Brief | 20 April 2021